How to Fix Parsing JPEG Data Error on Adobe Photoshop

Do you see a ‘parsing JPEG data’ error on Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is the leading raster graphics editor in the world. It’s the industry standard for professional work and has been around since 1990. Photoshop is available on Windows and macOS. 

While it’s the best image editing tool, it doesn’t mean that it’s flawless. Unfortunately, Adobe Photoshop can also encounter unexpected errors and downtimes. 

One issue that you might face in Adobe Photoshop is the ‘parsing JPEG data’ error. This error message occurs when you try to import a JPEG file into Photoshop. 

This is a known issue in Photoshop and has plagued many users over the years. 

Based on what we know, the ‘parsing JPEG data’ error on Adobe Photoshop is caused by corrupted files. However, it can also be due to outdated software, improper image preferences, or improper registry settings.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to fix the ‘parsing JPEG data’ error on Adobe Photoshop. 

Let’s get right into it!

1. Restart Your Computer. 

When you encounter issues with Adobe Photoshop, the first thing you can do is restart your computer. This should refresh your system resources and eliminate temporary bugs and glitches. 

For Windows users, here’s how you can restart your computer: 

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key to open the Start Menu
  2. After that, access the Power Options tab. 
  3. Finally, click on Restart
Restart your PC

If you’re using a Mac, see the steps below to restart it: 

  1. First, open the Apple Menu on your computer. 
  2. Next, choose Restart
  3. Lastly, click the Restart button again to confirm your action. 
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Once done, go back to Adobe Photoshop to check if the problem is solved. 

2. Update Adobe Photoshop. 

The version of Photoshop you’re using might have an underlying issue that triggers the ‘parsing JPEG data’ error. To rule this out, we suggest updating Photoshop to the latest version possible to patch bugs and glitches. 

Here’s how you can update Photoshop: 

  1. On your computer, launch Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Next, click on the Help tab. 
  3. Finally, choose Updates and follow the prompts. 
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Go back to Adobe Photoshop afterward and check if the ‘parsing JPEG data’ error still occurs. 

3. Save Your Photo As Another File. 

If you can’t open a JPEG file on Adobe Photoshop, it’s possible that the file was not saved properly when it was exported. 

In this case, you can try saving it as another JPEG file. 

  1. First, open the JPEG file on MS Paint
  2. After that, click on File > Save As
  3. Lastly, save the image to your desired folder. 
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Try opening the new JPEG file on Photoshop to check if the problem is solved. 

4. Repair Your File.

There are instances when your JPEG file might have gone corrupted. Either it has a corrupted header, broken JPEG data, invalid JPEG structure, missing SOS marker, and more. This prevents Adobe Photoshop from parsing and rendering the image. 

To fix this, we suggest using a professional JPEG repair tool if you really need to access your photos.

5. Reinstall Adobe Photoshop. 

At this point, we suggest reinstalling Photoshop if you still can’t open your JPEG files. This should fix any missing or corrupted files from your system and ensure that you have the latest version of Photoshop. 

For Windows, here’s how you can remove Photoshop: 

  1. On your computer, access the Control Panel and click on Uninstall a Program
  2. Next, locate Adobe Photoshop from the list. 
  3. Finally, right-click on it and choose Uninstall
parsing JPEG data error on Adobe Photoshop

If you’re a Mac user, access the Finder, go to the Applications tab, and drag Photoshop’s icon to the Trash

Once done, go to Adobe’s website and download the latest installer from there. 

That ends our guide for fixing the ‘parsing JPEG data’ error on Adobe Photoshop. If you have questions, drop a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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