Why is there a "._" copy in my unzipped Photoshop template file?

The files are saved in .zip format, but the original OS in which these files were created is MacOS.

_' is the 'resource fork' part of a file as used by MacOS. There is one for each data file on a Mac. They hold metadata about the file such as the date it was last opened.

More information about this resource fork file:


If you're not aware of this distinction, you may accidentally unzip the wrong file and attempt to open it in Photoshop, to which you may see an error like this:

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There should be two files in the unzipped contents - one of them should not have a "._" prefix.  Please re-download and extract the file. If you are previewing the file before extracting, please choose the file without the preceding "_", and you can throw away the "._" file once you have the correct PSD file extracted.

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