Save for Later: WebP Images on Mac and Photoshop

November 14, 2019

With the “webp” image format becoming more and more popular online, it’s only a matter of time before tools (and operating systems) catch up with native support.

Until then, here are a couple of ways to work with “webp” files.

WebP for Photoshop

To get Photoshop to recognize webp files, you need to install a free plugin – created by Google (as was the webp format, back in 2010!) – called WebPShop.

Download the Plugin Here

After downloading the plugin follow the instructions on the page to install it and restart Photoshop. You should now be able to open, edit, and save webp files!

WebP for Mac Finder

Now that you have Photoshop handling webp files, it would be nice if your Mac could preview them as well, right? This time, it’ll require some terminal work, but it’s pretty simple with WebPQuickLook.

How to Install WebPQuickLook

Running the simple script in terminal will restart Finder for you and you should be all set!

File this one under “should be native already” and “will happen soon, right?”.