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- Hi there, Justin Seeley here with another edition of Creative Quick Tips. Today, I'm gonna be showing you how to speed Photoshop up a little bit by using something called the Purge command inside of Photoshop. Did you even know Photoshop had a Purge command? Well, until I did some research, I really didn't either. But in this movie, I'm gonna show you what it is, how it works, and when you might want to use it. So as you work in Photoshop, Photoshop actually keeps track of a lot of different things that you probably didn't know about. For instance, your Clipboard. Photoshop is always remembering what's on your Clipboard, whether you had something on it when you came in or not, Photoshop is always keeping track of it.
Also, Photoshop keeps a minimum of 20 history states when you first fire up the program. Now you can obviously change this, and I've covered that in previous movies, but as you go, 20 history states carries a whole lot of baggage. And for people who are running computers who might be a little slower, or if you're experiencing sluggish performance in Photoshop, those are two things that you might want to get rid of. So in this movie, I'll show you exactly how to do that. First thing you want to do is go up to the Edit menu, then you're gonna go down, and you're gonna find the Purge command, and you can find, inside of the Purge command, all of these different pieces of information.
You can Purge your Undos, you can Purge your Clipboard, you can Purge your Histories, or you can Purge all, and you can also Purge your Video Cache. So for instance, right now, if I were to go into my History panel, so let's go to Window, History and bring that up, you can see that I've done quite a bit of stuff to this photo since I first brought it in here. So what I want to do is go to the Edit menu, go down to Purge, and select Histories. What that's gonna do, is it's gonna come up with a pop up menu that says, "Hey, this can't be undone, you sure?" You say, "Yep, I'm sure." And there you have the History panel has been purged.
If I hit Command or Control V right now you can see I have this full photo saved on the Clipboard from where I copied and pasted it from another document. So I want to get rid of that. I go to the Edit menu, Purge, Clipboard, and it's gonna say, "You sure?" You say, "Yep." Now, when I paste, nothing happens. So I've cleared out two big chunks of stuff that Photoshop was trying to remember at all times while it was still processing images and doing everything else that it has to do. So by eliminating these things every once in awhile, you're going to free up Photoshop to be able to do more at a faster pace, and that's how you make Photoshop run faster.
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