Photoshop CS6 and Kodak PhotoCD

Nahaufnahme eines fossilierten BaumesMany of still have several Kodak PhotoCDs flying around, or at least files in PCD format. Kodak stopped sensible support for it years ago, which regrettably meant that Adobe – relying upon Kodak to provide the plug-in –  haven’t been keen to support it either. The plug-in had been provided last with Photoshop CS3; obviously it is for 32-bit architecture.

You can still install it for PSCS6 where it will work with the 32-bit version; the file plug-in is called ‘Photo CD.8BI’ and belongs into C:/Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins/File Formats.

Aside from this you need ‘pcdlib32.dll’, which you put into C:/Windows/system. You may already have this file, for instance in the SysWOW64 directory if another program supplied it. I urge to have a look at a patched version, which remedies a problem with Kodak’s original library.

Last but not least you should look for a half a dozen colour profiles specific to Kodak films:

  • pcd4050e.icm
  • pcd4050k.icm
  • pcdcnycc.icm
  • pcdekycc.icm
  • pcdkoycc.icm
  • stdpyccl.icm

They need to be in C:/Program Files (x86)/Common Files/Adobe/Color, and are found, like the plug-in, on the PSCS3 Content CD in a directory Extras/Plug-ins or similar.

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