There are four important points in optimizing performance in Photoshop:
- optimize your hardware
- optimize Photoshop Preferences
- your working habits in Photoshop
- speed up your Operating System
Let’s start with the hardware. Here’s what you need to consider:
fast processor – the speed of the CPU limits the speed of Photoshop. Photoshop CS5 requires a multicore processor of 2GHz or faster. Bear in mind that the more processors you have the less you get from each additional processor
lots of RAM – get as much RAM as you can or as much as your computer allows (this may be limited by the motherboard). Photoshop uses R AM to process images. If there is not enough RAM memory, Photoshop starts using the scratch disk – usually the primary hard drive. It is faster to access the information using RAM than a scratch disk.
How much RAM can Photoshop access? Here you go:
32 bit Photoshop – 32 bit OS – 1.7GB
32 bit Photoshop – 64 bit OS – 3.2GB
64 bit Photoshop – 64 bit OS – as much RAM as you can fit into your computer
large hard drive – Photoshop reads and writes into the hard drive all the time. That’s why the faster the hard drive the faster Photoshop will write into the hard drive. Photoshop CS5 requires at least 1GB of space on Windows and at least 2GB of space on Mac.
That’s all for today. Have a lovely weekend and on Monday we’ll talk about the second point on our list – optimize Photoshop Preferences.