How to Convert a Word Template to a PSD


A Microsoft Office Word template is used to quickly create documents. When you open a Word template, you can type directly on it, update the content, and save your file as a Word document without affecting the original template. You’ll find Word templates for simple and advanced work. Converting a Word template to a Photoshop document (PSD) file takes a few steps. Adobe Photoshop, a professional image editor, will load your template as an image file, which you can modify in Photoshop.

  • Open Microsoft Word 2007. Open the Word template you want to convert by clicking on the Microsoft Office Button and click on “New.”

  • Find the template you want to convert in the “New Document” window. Double-click on the template to load it into Microsoft Word.

  • Save the template as a PDF file by selecting the Microsoft Office Button and clicking on “Save As” and “PDF or XPS.“ In the “Publish as PDF or XPS” dialog box, name your file and click on “Publish.”

  • Open Adobe Photoshop and navigate to find the PDF file you saved by clicking on “File” and “Open.” Double-click it to open your file. Alternatively, you can import the PDF file by clicking on “File,” “Import” and “PDF Image.” If you have multiple images, Photoshop will ask if you want to import or open each page. The converted Word template (now PDF file) will load in Photoshop.

  • Resave the PDF document as a PSD file by clicking on “File” and “Save As.” The file format in the “Save As” dialog box will say "PSD." Press “Save” to accept the file name and PSD conversion.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can’t update the text of your Word template file in Photoshop; however, you can edit it as an image.

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