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How Much Space Does Photoshop Take?

Published: 15/06/2021

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Photoshop is a very useful and easy-to-use photo editing program that allows you to create amazing effects on any image with just a few simple clicks. To run it properly, you must know and be careful of how much space Photoshop takes and what are its other system requirements. So, how much space does Photoshop Take?

How Much Space Does Photoshop Take?

In this guide, you will find a comprehensive overview of what you need on your computer in order to install and run Photoshop accurately. From the minimum system requirements to the breakdown of each component, we will be explaining everything in detail.

First, if you want to know how much of the memory is your particular version of Photoshop occupying on your system, then:

  • Go to Help > System Info.
Photoshop Help Section
  • You will be able to look at all the memory requirements your particular version of Photoshop requires.
Photoshop System Info

Minimum System Requirements to Run Photoshop on Windows

If you want to install and use Photoshop on your Windows operating system, then you must have the following system specifications at the least:

  • CPU - Intel or AMD processor having 64-bit support and 2 GHz or advanced processor.
  • RAM - a minimum of 8 GB.
  • HDD - minimum storage space of 4 GB.
  • Operating System - Windows 10 version or later.
  • GPU - DirectX 12 support with at least 2 GB of memory.
  • Screen Resolution - 1280 X 800
  • Internet connection to activate the software

Minimum System Requirements to Run Photoshop on MacOS

If you want to install and use Photoshop on your Mac operating system, then you must have the following system requirements specifications at the least:

  • CPU - Intel or AMD processor with 64-bit support and 2 GHz or faster processor.
  • RAM - 8 GB minimum
  • HDD - storage space of 4 GB.
  • Operating System - MacOS Mojave or later.
  • GPU - DirectX 12 support and 2 GB of memory.
  • Screen Resolution - 1280 X 800
  • Internet connection to activate the software

Component Breakdown of Photoshop System Requirements

Now you know the minimum level of system requirements you would need before being able to install and run Photoshop on your computer. Now, let’s learn, in detail, about the specifications of your system components required to run Photoshop smoothly.

Operating System

Required Operating System for Photoshop

When it comes to running Photoshop accurately, your operating system is not a significant factor. As long as you have a relatively recent version of it, it does not make a difference if you are using Windows or Mac. Photoshop runs equally well on both operating systems.

If you want to use Photoshop on Windows, then you will need Windows 10 to be able to install the latest Photoshop edition. Photoshop CC 2020 and later does not support Windows 7 anymore. When using Mac, you can use macOS Mojave. However, it's best if you use the latest version, Big Sur.

Memory (RAM)

When it comes to memory storage, it is best to choose quantity over quality. The size of your RAM components is essentially what affects the performance of Photoshop. Make sure to go for at least 8 GB for your RAM storage. The Photoshop performance will boost even more if you go up to 16 GB.

You should also be alert that if you do not have sufficient RAM space in your computer, then Photoshop will start consuming your disk space. As a result, there would be a significant drop in the performance of Photoshop. Therefore, it is best to have as high RAM as possible in order for Photoshop to run smoothly.

Processor (CPU)

Your processor is one of the biggest and most influential components that affect the performance of Photoshop. For most of its tasks, Photoshop makes use of the CPU. It is recommended to use a minimum of 2 GHz of the processor. However, it is best if you could go higher.

As far as the brand of the processor is concerned, it is not much of an issue anymore for Photoshop to perform well. Previously, it was better to use Intel CPUs to run Photoshop smoothly. Yet, it is not the case anymore. You can get AMD as well as Intel and see very similar performance levels of Photoshop.

Graphics Card (GPU)

Graphics card, GPU, is really not the component to focus on when looking for Photoshop system requirements. Instead of prioritizing GPU, it is best to invest in a high-performing CPU and more quantity of memory (RAM). A fairly decent GPU is enough for Photoshop to run without any issues.

You can even run Photoshop with the GPU integrated with the processor. For the performance of Photoshop, there is no noticeable difference between a regular or a high-end graphics card. All you need is a standard GPU with a bare minimum of 2 GB to run Photoshop adequately on your system.

Storage (SSD or HDD)

Computer storage is one of the most overlooked components when it comes to the performance of Photoshop. Essentially, there are two different types of storage: hard drives and Solid State Drives. Hard drives may be enough to get the job done, but SSDs are supremely faster.

Here is a tip for you. If you really want the performance of your Photoshop to improve due to the SSD, then you must use it as a scratch disk. To set your SSD as your scratch disk:

  • Go to Edit > Preferences >> General. 
Setting the Preferences option to General
  • In the resulting dialog box, navigate to scratch disk, and select SSDs.
Using SSD as a Scratch Disk


To answer the title question, you need a minimum of 8 GB RAM and 4 GB of computer storage space for Photoshop to run smoothly. However, it is best to go as high as you can because memory and processor are the most important components that actually make a difference in the performance of Photoshop. If needed, you can also transfer Photoshop from an older computer onto your new one.