Photoshop: Could not complete your request because it is not a valid Photoshop document.

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Whenever I open any .psd file I have made previously, the error "Could not complete your request because it is not a valid Photoshop document." occurs. For .pdfs, "This is not a valid .pdf document. It cannot be opened." None of my files can be opened in Photoshop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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Dhorm Flunnell

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I had a similar error. Turns out I had accidentally saved a TIFF file with the extension PSD which was confusing photoshop. Try changing the file extension to TIFF and see if that fixes your problem. Hope this helps.
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Braden Bickle

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This totally worked and saved my rear. Thank you.
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Semih Akgül

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Hi, how I could change it to TIFF, I can't open the file
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Lisa Kirschner

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If you are on a Mac, just click on the file on your drive, hit enter, and change the extension from .psd to .tif. I have had this problem repeatedly, and it's the only way I've found to fix it.
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Ravindra Pednekar

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This worked for me perfectly.
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On Windows, if the file extension is incorrect, the file won't open with the right app.  Period.  On Mac, things can be different.