Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Optimizing Photoshop's Performance.
If you're a premium member of Lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Within the exercise files folder, we have two simple files. Both of which are quite large. There's the LargeRaw.dng, which is a real-world example of a file off of a 5D Mark 2. This other image is a little more interesting. It's a much larger, 32 bit HDR. It's comprised of four images, all baked together, to make this enormous file and it's really going to help you, stress test your machine.
Now you're experience is going to be different based upon what you're using Photoshop for. But I wanted to give you a couple of common, large files to test your machine with. Throughout the course you'll see these files in all different states. What I'm doing with them doesn't matter as much as the size of the file. If you are a monthly member or annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Let's get started.
In this installment of Photoshop Insider Training, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes steps through the process of optimizing Photoshop's performance. The course begins with hardware configuration, from processor and memory recommendations to hard drive and solid-state drive (SSD) advice. Next, learn about the Photoshop preferences that deliver the best balance of performance and flexibility. Finally, discover the best way to move and save files and how other applications and even the health of your disk drive impact Photoshop's processes.
- Optimizing a GPU and processor
- Monitoring memory usage
- Keeping an eye on the efficiency indicator
- Reducing image resolution
- Turning off presets and thumbnails
- Exporting without the clipboard
- Closing unnecessary applications
- Repairing your drive