Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Monitoring memory usage, part of Photoshop: Optimizing Performance.
RAM, or random access memory, or just memory; it's one of the easiest ways to accelerate Photoshop. Photoshop loves memory, and because it's a 64 bit native application, it can address as much memory as you can throw at it. Let's take a look at how much memory there is on this particular machine. We've got 12 gigabytes of RAM. That's a lot of RAM, and Photoshop will use all of it that the operating system and other applications are not using. If you're on a Windows machine, just go to the Start menu, the search bar and type in System Information, to find out how much RAM you have.
Now within Photoshop, you can come into the Preferences panel, and go to Performance, and you see that we have this RAM allocation. And by default Photoshop, will give you 70% of the available RAM, no matter how much RAM you have. And if you want to change that, the change will take effect the next time you launch. Now, what I recommend doing is use Photoshop, and see how things are going. And if things are bogging down quite a bit, which is to say, beach balling, or if you're seeing a progress indicator, and things are taking a while, that means that it isn't doing things in RAM, It's writing the operation to disk.
Come in here and pull this up about 5% at a time, and then click OK and relaunch, and see how that goes. if you're using really large files, you might need more RAM. So RAM is really inexpensive, and it's an easy way to accelerate Photoshop, and Photoshop loves extra memory. So just keep that in mind when you're looking for ways to speed it up.
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