PCD Image Files

Click the link to the right of any image description to download a Kodak Photo CD (PCD) file. This is a large (4.5 MB), high-resolution image file that will be most useful to publishers of journals, magazines, and other high-quality print publications.

If you're really looking for a smaller photo to illustrate a school report, web page, or other presentation, click on any thumbnail image to view a photo in JPEG format, 768 x 512 pixels in size. To download a JPEG photo, click on it, then choose Save As from the File menu.

Downloading a PCD File

To download a PCD file, click the link below any thumbnail image.

In Firefox or Chrome, you may see

Questions and Answers

Q. Why can't I download this file?

Our PCD image files average 4.5 MB each when compressed, and roughly 18 MB when uncompressed. The expected download time at 28.8K is about 28 minutes. If a PCD file does not download completely the first time you try, try again at a time when the Internet is less busy or use a faster connection, if possible.

Q. Why can't I open/view this file?

PhotoCD images require a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop and a plug-in to be read and manipulated; Wikipedia lists programs that support PCD files.

To work with a PCD file in Adobe Photoshop, you'll need to download and install Kodak's free PhotoCD Acquire plug-in for Photoshop for Mac or Windows.

Q. I need to know more about the PCD file format--where is more information?

PCD is a compressed format developed by Kodak and used to store images on Kodak Photo CDs. Each Photo CD image file includes five resolutions of each image, at 192 by 128, 384 by 256, 768 by 512, 1536 by 1024, and 3072 by 2048 pixels.

Kodak went bankrupt in 2012 and discontinued their software offerings.
A program that can convert PCD files to other formats is IrfanView which is currently free from IrfanView.com

Revised: March 13, 2014
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