“My photography business is ramping up nicely but I’m not quite at the point where it makes sense for me, financially, to outsource my editing. I feel that I’m pretty good at the editing side of things but I’ve been finding that Photoshop has been getting slower and slower for me. Any tips you can offer to help with this would be appreciated. Thanks”
Thanks for writing in Jerry. I’m not a Photoshop (PS) guru, so I’m hoping that others will offer their input in the comments section but for me, the starting point to improve PS “operations” is to tweak its own application settings. To do this, you need to check on your PS “preferences”. To access this, open PS and go to "Edit > Preferences > Performance". In the top-middle of the dialogue box, you’ll see a section called "Memory Usage". For me, the easiest and simplest way to improve performance is to increase the amount of memory/RAM allocated to Photoshop. The default setting allows PS to use 70% of available RAM. However, you’ll also see in that section, that PS recommends an “ideal range” regarding the use of available RAM. If you’re seeing that you still have some latitude to allow PS to use more than 70% of your system’s available RAM, then this is a good area to start for upping your system's performance.
Other things you can do to improve performance include adjusting your cache levels and reducing the number of “history states” that PS records in your History panel (e.g., limiting the number of times you can go back by clicking "CTRL/CMND + Z"). And of course, don't forget to close unnecessary document windows on your computer.
Anyway Jerry, Adobe has a very thorough resource here that can offer way more examples on how to optimize PS performance. I know that so many people in our community are terrific at PS (and are way better than I’ll ever get!) So, I’m really looking forward to reading their comments. What other easy-to-do fixes can you recommend to Jerry?