Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using layers wisely, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Optimizing Photoshop's Performance.
Let's talk a little bit about layers and using layers wisely and to do that I want…to go to the base of the window here and make sure that I have document sizes up.…And we can see that this is a pretty large RAW file, 56 megs.…And if I were to come over here.…To my background, and drag that to duplicate it.…You'd see that that number's going to double.…I've introduced a much larger file here.…And so, Photoshop is going to need to allocate…more resources to it.…Now, if I went and did that again, same thing.…I'm going to add that much more information there.…
If I add adjustment layers.…That's going to add little bit of room to it.…These can stack up pretty quickly, and what's great…about layers of course, is that the image is editable.…I can turn those things off and on, it's non-destructive, and add things like text.…And this is absolutely the way that you want to work with Photoshop.…But, somewhere along the line, you need to consider where the image…is going and which layers you need and which layers you don't.…
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