How to Speed up Adobe Photoshop if it’s Running Slow
Hi there. This video is all about getting the most out of Photoshop. If you're working with a super fast laptop or imac or something that's really new, probably don't have to do any of this. But if you're struggling along with an old second hand laptop then this stuff can be really helpful. So the first one in real easy one is that say you're working so we're working on this. Got multiple layers on multiple art boards you just find after awhile it starts going slower and slower and slower. You can click edit and go down to here and go to purge. Just go to purge all know that it clears out your undoes and clears out all the history and video case. If you're working for him, it just tidy the ram up so that you can get back to what you're doing. If you have to do this a lot, you might set up a shortcut for this is the shortcuts they're just something to be aware of is I'm using smart objects through all these pictures of me this I made this kind of for the graphics for my intro course. Ok...
. But these are all smart objects. The smart object here Okay, contains a lot bigger file than I'm using it here. This is actually only a few pixels across but it's using a smart object which is really, really big so you can stretch your machine now if you don't need it, you can right click the name over here and just say rast arise later and that gets rid of the smart object. It's a bit sucky because you lose all of that kind of hidden resolution in here. But if it doesn't need to get any bigger and you are just working with the file that needs to get smaller. That's one of the tricks. Now in the previous video, I'm gonna show you how to undo exactly what you did. So under performance, so preferences, performance, remember, it's under edit preferences. If you're on a Mac down here, the history states, if you crank it up to 100 it might just slow down. Your machine can get down as low as you like where it says file handling, turned down this auto save, you might turn it up to an hour. Just like please don't crash but please run fast. Otherwise every five minutes is going to be stopping to pause to try and save maybe a potentially really big and slow document now back under performance, this little bit here. Now before we had history stage and case levels and Castile size, nobody knew what does I barely do. So what they did is they added, added these kind of like three handy little bits here says if you're doing web design, click on this one, if you're doing kind of photograph kind of like the standard stuff, you can see it changes it over here and huge big pixel dimensions. If you're a photographer working on real high resolution images with very few layers, this is the one to do, this is kind of a bit of both worlds, but if you're doing UI design, which I do a lot of and with lots of little bits and pieces and loads of layers of, you know, if you've got like 50 layers, then lowering the case levels just means it's not going to try and like make a really good preview of a zillion different layers, it's just going to do a really small tile size and only do it twice. Whereas if you're working with a huge big, I love how they just call it huge pixel dimensions. Good work adobe, that's exactly what it is. Just means. The case level is gonna go really high because you're only probably going to have one or two layers. Probably just one. If you're working on like a maybe you're retouching a really big image, you might only have a couple of layers. It's just getting the most out of your graphics processes. You can toggle between these two, you'll forget. So just stick it on default, you're nearly like me, you can switch between the two and basically I leave it on web UI because that's a lot of my life these days, digital products, small file sizes, but lots of layers. Now, that's what you can do to kind of tweak what you just the system that you have, if you are looking to upgrade your machine, if you're on a Mac and you've got a reasonably new one, it's pretty much impossible to upgrade them. Apple are making it super super hard to upgrade them. You can find places that will do it. If you're on a pc, it's super easy. It's the opposite, it's like you can take you to any kind of corner shop and get it upgraded. So if you are looking to get a computer upgraded, there's three things you look at. The cheapest and easiest is something called the RAM. Okay, when people talk about having 16 gigs of RAM or eight gigs of RAM or four gigs of RAM, you can see the ideal range here is somewhere between seven and 10 gigabytes of RAM. I have 16, but the computer takes so I have 16 gigabytes of RAM. It says 13. It's just because the system takes some for itself and leaves me alone that I can use in Photoshop. So I'm well above what they the ideal ranges if yours is at the like four megabytes or lower is probably not opening these days. But even as eight or 16 most pcs you can take into a shop for reasonably like it's not how much I'm gonna guess it's going to cost you like 152 bucks to get somebody to stick some new RAM in it just to get it high and that can be like one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your computer running faster, but you also might do is that say you're doing like me using Photoshop but you've also got after effects and premiere open and illustrator. And in design, Photoshop here is really system demanding and saying I want 70% of what is available up here. So of that 13, I want nine of it please. You can say actually Photoshop just calm down a little bit and I need in design to be running really fast. Not you, but my computer is pretty awesome. So I'm just gonna leave it up there at 70. The next thing you can do to kind of get your computer running a lot faster. And my experience has been upgrading the hard drive. So a typical hard drive, especially in a slightly older machine is a tape drive, Okay, It's this thing that kind of words to life, you've plugged your hard drive and it goes, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, Gay. Those tape drives are quite slow, Photoshop finds them hard to kind of read, write too. So if you upgrade it to something called a solid state drive or SSD don't worry too much about it. Like if you go into a computer shop and say, hey, I want my, you know, I want a solid state drive, they can put that in there for you and it costs a lot more. A lot more. It can really be what you want. The trouble with solid state drives is say it's the hard drive space. Say you see your current drive has a terabyte of space the new SSD drive you probably can't afford a terabyte SSD at the moment. They're quite expensive so you might have to go for a half a terabyte. You're going to lose hard drive space but you're going to gain a lot of speed. I've got an old back that I did it too. Oh my goodness. It just flew like it was about I was like throwing it in the bin, it was frustrating, did some research SSD drive and it gave it new life. I do it for all the I've got a lab of computers where I run classes, I did it for all of those and I got another year or two out of them. Wasn't that expensive. But if you are buying one new so you're going to the website you're like oh this one is cheap. It's probably because they're using the older style of hard drive tape, spinning hard drive ones. Okay. Rather than the solid state drives so you can get one of those. I find the phenomenally good a little bit harder to upgrade. But with it. The other thing is the graphics card that can be really hard problematic to upgrade if it's not kind of built into the machine upgrading the graphics processor to something better. It's called the Gpu I haven't had much success upgrading them but if you're buying one. So if you can get the graphics processor to be as as good as you can get it, but I wouldn't go and upgrade it. Just stay with what you got it matches the rest of the hardware. In my experience. The last thing to do is just make sure your hard drive is not full up. Where's my hard drive? How much have I got left in this thing Here? It is, I've got another 216GB of a terabyte drive. I'm getting down to kind of like the last but it's still enough to work if you look at your available hard drive space, I'm not sure how to do it on a pc but on a mac Germany is just in the bottom here. If you've only got a couple of gigabytes it's just your computer is going to be dead. It just means your hard drive is full and needs a chunk of extra available space even though it doesn't really use it, it uses it temporarily while it's working. You can kind of see down here, you see at the bottom here this file is actually only 9 90 megabytes but when it's open it's 365 and it's not very big image. These are all just web graphics. So very often I'll see something that is say 100 megabytes on my hard drive but over here it will be like 1.5 gigabytes open, it just means while it's open in Photoshop it needs 1.5 gigabytes to stick it while it's working, and when it closes it down, it takes it off your hard drive, compresses it back down into the PSD. Alright, we might have got a little bit nerdy in that one. If you zoned out, you've probably skipped on. It's all right, let's get into the next video.