Photoshop: Please Provide Support for the WebP Image format

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Dear Photoshop Team (as well as the Illustrator and Edge Tools Team):

The format improves upon .jpeg and .png use cases today while at the same time providing 2x-3x smaller file sizes at the same, comparable quality settings.

According to the image specificaitons, "WebP supports lossless transparency (also known as alpha channel) with just 22% additional bytes. Transparency is also supported with lossy compression and typically provides 3x smaller file sizes compared to PNG when lossy compression is acceptable for the red/green/blue color channels" (https://developers.google.com/speed/w...).

Being able to used on the latest Android devices an the latest versions of Chrome and Opera (I know they both use Blink, and thus it isn't a surprise that both support it already), according to caniuse.com, it is sort of reasonable to consider I think.
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Anthony Gordon

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Is there any hope for WebP file support for photoshop.


more and more im forced to work with WebP files - but I cant open them in photoshop without installing a 3rd party plugin. ( yuck )

is there any hope for support for this file extension that has been out since 2010
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berkana

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Yes, PLEASE support the WEBP format. The sooner Adobe supports this format, the sooner it can propagate out into the web, and the sooner we can get back all that wasted bandwidth.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE include WEBP support!

Look: Adobe's lack of support is contributing to the problem:
http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-tri...
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Jonas M. Rogne

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Photoshop is always a bit slow with file format support. Not sure why?

Webp would be very welcome. At least basic save/open functionality, but would be nice if it was supported by Save-for-web/Export as well.
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Geoff Snowman

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I need to open a WEBP file in Photoshop. Seems weird that even several years after this format was released, there is no Photoshop support for this format. What's going on? Is there some reason Adobe doesn't want to do this?
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Official Response
According to Google's webP support page, you can download a free plug-in for webP support here: http://telegraphics.com.au/sw/product/WebPFormat#webpformat
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Yup. That is not the same as Photoshop natively supporting such image formats though. 

Photoshop natively supporting such things would be more user-friendly for the end user.
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I agree that native support would be preferable rather than downloading a plugin from some company I have never heard of.  
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For Photoshop CC on OSX this beta WebP plug-in may work:
https://github.com/fnordware/AdobeWebM

Please regard best practice for websites:
https://developers.google.com/web/tools/lighthouse/audits/webp
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I don't regard serving WebP as best practice. Its not really supported outside of Google products.

https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/faq
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The current WebP plugin does not support transparency. We need a full-featured export feature built into Photoshop.
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Jon McLaren

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This needs to be revived. it's rediculous we can't open, edit, or save webP images in 2018. I get years ago but today it's rediculous. Many of us front end developers have been using webP for years.
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I agree. I simply don't get why this isn't part of Photoshop. 
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Rene Schmidt

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Um, because they really don't give a crap?

Yes, sour grapes. I've watched bug reports like this get glossed over for years, only to have Adobe reps (repeatedly) say in forums like this that we users are too dumb to understand the complexities of programming etc etc. and how hard it is boo hoo. OK, fine. 

But hey, let's look on the bright side: Adobe is making record profits ($5.85 billion in 2016), so who cares if the program does what the users need, right?
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So Google have just updated their pagespeed insights tool and next gen images are a big part of it.
Is Adobe going to get on-board?
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This format is essential in today's web-focused world. Not having it laughable. The sad part of it is that I had to use a competitor's product to do the conversion so I could use the image in After Effects that also doesn't support the format!