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Published on Tue, May-29-2012 by StevenE

Best Photoshop Tips for Performance – Part 2


Are you ready to get the best Photoshop tips for performance? If so, I really hope you read our first post that gave some valuable Photoshop tips that should help you get the most out of the program. Well, this is the sequel to that post, so you can make sure that you are getting the absolute best performance out of the program that you can possibly get.

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As I mentioned in the first post about Photoshop using ram to help power itself, it will also use your scratch disks. Apart from ram, Photoshop is also known for eating up some of your hard drive space in order to perform well. Photoshop will basically use your hard drive as its second source for memory. Photoshop will, of course, assume that your primary hard drive is the scratch disk, but you can change that setting, if you want. If you have a secondary hard drive or an external hard drive that you would rather use, you can feel free to do just that.

Font preview is another thing that you may want to consider turning off if you want to get the best out of Photoshop. Of course, a lot of designers enjoy having a ton of fonts to choose from, but if you have a ton installed, you are going to end up slowing the program down dramatically. If you want to improve your Photoshop performance, you can just simply turn font preview off. If you want to turn font preview in Photoshop off, simply to go Edit – Preferences – Type and then uncheck the box beside of “Font Preview Size” and reap the benefits of a much faster Adobe Photoshop.

Palette thumbnails are another thing that will use up a good bit of your ram, thus slowing Photoshop’s performance. A great Photoshop tip as far as performance is concerned is to actually turn off palette previews or set the thumbnail size to the smallest available size. If you want to reduce the size of palette thumbnails or disable them, simply click on panel options, which is located in the palette menu.

Lastly, I would suggest that you do not overload your copy of Photoshop. Trust me, it can be very tempting with all of the free stuff on the web, such as brushes, fonts, patterns, etc… However, you do not need to download every single free thing that you find. So, as my last piece of advice for Photoshop performance tips, I would suggest that you keep it simple. The more plugins and resources that you have installed in Photoshop will hinder the performance of the program.

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