[Image-SIG] Read EPS (bitmap and vector), TIFF and PSD on windows

Matthew Nuzum mattnuzum at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 15:09:58 CEST 2005

On 9/1/05, Stefano Masini <stefano at pragma2000.com> wrote:
> I need to read JPG (easy), TIFF (easy), EPS (both bitmap and vector)
> and PSD (photoshop) files, and create small jpeg previews. This should
> preferrably be done under windows, optionally under linux.

I haven't found a solution that can read PSD files that correctly
handles the layer effects created in 5.5 and newer versions of PSD

For example, in Photoshop you can apply a gradient overlay or a drop
shadow by just appling an effect to the layer. As you change the
layer, the effect changes to match. When you open the file in Gimp,
you see the layer, but not the drop shadow or gradient.

I'd love to find out that I'm wrong and a new library has come out
that fully supports the layer effects.

> I already have an ultimate solution: have a windows machine running at
> all time, with Photoshop installed and running at all time as well. A
> server listening on a tcp port waits for preview-generation requests,
> and have Photoshop convert whatever format comes in to a jpeg preview,
> that gets sent back to the client machine.
> I think this solution is quite extreme though. And probably not very
> efficient too.

It's worth a try... Obviously photoshop is a resource intensive
application, but once it's running it operates pretty quick.
Matthew Nuzum

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