Is your screen freezing during editing? Are you considering outsourcing post-production because your Photoshop is getting slower? Post-processing programs are highly demanding of computer resources, affecting work speed. To help Photoshop work faster, we’re giving you simple yet effective tips on how to speed up your Photoshop performance and improve your real estate photography outputs.
Programs like Photoshop CC can slow down your computer due to its demanding elements, file sizes, and processes. Fortunately, you can speed up the software's performance by modifying the cache and history states, recovery and saving options, and file sizes. You can also do a data reset, purge memory space, and disable unnecessary functions.
Now, let's look into the various reasons why Photoshop slows down and ways to make Adobe Photoshop work much better.
There are several causes of poor speed performance, and they all have corresponding solutions. With these tips, you can get can apps like Photoshop CC to work at optimum speed and quickly edit your real estate images.
The first thing you can do is tweak the application memory settings if Photoshop is running slower than expected. While Photoshop has a default setting for the available RAM, you can increase the amount of memory/RAM allocated to Photoshop.
If you see that you still have some latitude, you can let Photoshop use more than 70% of your system’s available RAM.
Press Ctrl + K for Windows or Command + K for Mac to see the memory availability. Head to Edit > Preferences > Performance Menu to change the amount of allocated memory for Windows.
Using a different disk for page files is a much faster option if your work has an extensive amount of information and doesn't fit the Random Access Memory. Photoshop would usually start to record data into a 'page file' on a hard drive, and the file fulfills the role of RAM.
The downside is that recording files on the hard drive is slower than on RAM. You can solve this by using a separate hard disk as a page file. When choosing the hard drive, go to Edit > Preferences > Performance.
Scratch disks serve as temporary storage while you're using Photoshop. This is why you may notice that the software automatically stores information on the default C:\ drive. However, this process often clogs with system files from other programs, causing Photoshop to work slow.
To solve this, set a Scratch Disk by accessing Edit > Preferences > Scratch Disks. In this way, Photoshop can use a new disk or create a new partition to serve as a Scratch Disk.
Another thing you can do to improve performance includes adjusting your cache levels. This means limiting the number of times you can go back by clicking Ctrl/CMND + Z.
A higher cache level results in a larger volume of data that Photoshop must process at a time.
To avoid this, set the cache level to 2 if you only need to work on files with small pixels or average amounts of layers. Meanwhile, set cache level to 4 or more for larger file sizes.
Set Optimum History States
The next option is to reduce the number of history states that Photoshop records in your History panel. The idea is somehow similar to modifying cache levels because it involves saving information.
You would see 50 as the default Photoshop value, although the program can save up to 1000 history states. Open Edit > Preferences > Performance, then set a lower value.
Closing unused windows is among the simplest ways to enhance Photoshop CC efficiency. Similar to browsing the internet, opening several tabs, documents, and windows slows down the entire system.
Photoshop CC uses a computer's video card to speed up the process of displaying photos. However, ensure that you have an updated video card driver or GPU.
After that, head to Edit > Preferences > Performance. Next, set the GPU advanced settings to Basic to decrease the amount of GPU memory it uses. Photoshop would only use the most basic OpenGL functions, and consequently, boost responsiveness.
One of the easiest and simplest ways to speed up Photoshop is to turn off or modify the automatic recovery and background save in Photoshop. You can access this via Edit > Preferences > File Handling.
Another way to help your slow-processing Photoshop is to do a data reset. Keep in mind that the clipboard and history panel are notorious for storing massive amounts of data.
To quickly improve the software's efficiency, reset the data by going to the menu Edit > Purge, then choose Undo, Clipboard, Histories, or All. In effect, Photoshop would reset the corresponding data.
To help Photoshop run faster, you can also turn off the file compatibility feature to enhance the document saving process. This is a much better alternative if you won't work with PSD or PSB files in older Photoshop versions.
Go to Edit > Preferences > File Handling. Afterward, choose between Ask or Never from the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility menu.
If your screen lags while using Photoshop CC, it's possible that large files are causing performance problems. This is why minimizing the file size is a better option if you need to upload photos on the internet.
Decrease the file size through the menu Image > Image Size. A safe value would be up to 3000 pixels in length, then adjust from there.
Several or rarely used elements like brush patterns and fonts can overload the whole system and cause Photoshop to run slow.
To view the patterns in Photoshop, open the menu Edit > Preset Manager > Preset Type > Pattern Brushes. For the fonts, go to menu Edit > Preferences > Type, then decrease the number of fonts to display.
Layers are among the essential aspects of a Photoshop work process because they separate various elements of a photo. However, using more layers consumes a bigger memory space.
To prevent layers from affecting software speed, choose your layers, right-click, then choose Merge Layers. Another option is to open the menu Layer > Flatten Image.
Unlike the older versions, the latest editions of Photoshop tend to load slowly when creating a new empty document. To launch the new documents screen faster, un-check the Legacy Interface from the New Document interface.
You can disable the export clipboard function if you don't need to copy data or images outside of Photoshop. To do this, open menu Edit > Preferences > General > Disable Export Clipboard.
Photoshop CC has an efficiency indicator that shows when the program will deplete the available memory. To use this, press an arrow under a photo, then select Efficiency. If the values are below 90-95%, Photoshop will use a page file, slowing down the system and affecting computer memory.
Aside from the tips mentioned above, one way to speed up Photoshop is to purge hard disk space from time to time, particularly if you have very limited hard disk space. Additionally, make sure to get the latest software updates from Adobe.
As you can see, a slow-operating Photoshop CC can ruin your photography work experience. However, you can help both the software and computer run faster by doing a system cleanup and adjusting some settings. With these methods, I hope you can make Photoshop work efficiently and save time in editing.
Many people in our community are terrific at Photoshop and are much better than I’ll ever get! So, I’m really looking forward to reading your comments. What other easy-to-do fixes can you recommend?