Those who are in designing must be very well aware of Photoshop. Those who are just entering this field must be learning it. But one thing is common to both i.e. experiments. We keep on learning, keep on exploring the features of Photoshop. All is well if you have good amount of RAM but in case you have scarce memory please follow this article and I hope you will be benefited.
By default cache level is 6. Cache level is the number of cached pages you will see. Large Cache level means high speed as the image will be rendered more quickly. You can get till level 8 which I said means speed but it will use more RAM. When you are working with smaller images it is not advised to increase the cache level limit. But when speed is your priority and you are looking for high resolution larger images increasing the level is a good idea. Route: Edit->Preferences->Performance” menu, just below “History states”. Keep it in mind that in case you have low RAM then you can also lower the cache level to 2 or 3. This will help you to utilize the RAM in far better way.
Memory usage check
Photoshop has inbuilt features which promotes a high usage of RAM which is no doubt important when you are playing with images but as a careful designer you should always allow this utilization smartly. You can restrict how much RAM Photoshop can use to help the software work more efficiently. Route: Edit->Preferences->Performance” menu, memory usage on the left side. You will see the available RAM, Ideal Range RAM and the allowed RAM options. See if you only use Photoshop then the high utilization of RAM is allowed but in case you use your computer for other tasks and use other software(s) like word processor, emails and other social networking apps then it is very important that you spread the usage appropriately.
Close apps not in use
As I mentioned earlier Photoshop is smart enough to utilize maximum memory for best performance. It is trivial but important to mention that the apps you are not using should be closed to enhance the functioning of Photoshop. More available memory means better performance.
Remember more undo options
While exploring Photoshop it is natural that you do something and undo it to experiment more. This do-undo task is done several times and it very important that you can cross the default limit of how many undo(s) you can do. For breaking that limit you can use “History States” setting in History& Cache option. Route: “Edit->Preferences->Performance” menu. But note that keeping a large number of History states will consume more RAM hence this option should be used carefully when there is RAM crunch.
Secondary memory resource – Hard disk
Till now we have talked about primary memory i.e. random access memory but as you know there are secondary resources of memory or hard disk which is also called Scratch disk is also being utilized. Photoshop like RAM uses Scratch disk as well. Here one point is worth mentioning; Photoshop uses the primary memory as if it is the hard drive and hence if you change this assumption it will save the primary memory consumption. Using extra external hard or scratch drive is a good idea when you are working with larger images.
As we keep on exploring and experimenting the history items keeps on piling which affects the memory usage. Hence regular clean-up is required. Get rid of history items via this route: Edit->Purge, select options from clipboard, History or All and you are done.
Designers or Photoshop users uses Fonts lucratively. Having several fonts available is important for their job hence it become very crucial that the font preview option is set to “OFF” otherwise the app will become very slow. Route: “Edit > Preferences > Type” menu, uncheck the “Font Preview Size” option. Try it and you will see the difference yourself.
Thumbnails in Palettes
While doing experiments it is obvious that you open thumbnails in Layers, Channels and Paths palettes and as you keep on exploring it is likely that your RAM get exhausted as it will keep updating the changes in thumbnails you try. As the number of thumbnails grow the issue will get worse. To avoid such situation smaller sized thumbnails or no thumbnails at all is advised. To implement it you can go to “Panel Options” under the Palette menu.
Compatibility between PSD and PSB files
It is suggested that PSD and PSB files should be set compatible most of the time; it makes the saved images flattened and hence requires less space. It also helps in opening the previous versions of the files. It is mandatory if you use Edit option in “Photoshop Lightroom” feature of Photoshop. Route: Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling.
Over internet you will get much free downloadable stuff like different kinds of brushes etc. and it is very tempting to use those. Make sure you keep on resetting the default or original settings and keep the downloaded content as minimum as possible.
I am sure there are more tip for how you can break your limit while doing Photoshop experiments. Actually it is not breaking limits but it is about utilizing the Photoshop to its maximum capabilities and producing quality stuff. Hope you have enjoyed reading the post and now you can do Photoshop experiments with relaxed and carefree mind.
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