The latest version of Photoshop is highly powerful and more versatile software as compared to its previous versions. But as the file size increases, it will slow-down the workflow. Below are some of the most efficient and lesser known tips to speedup Adobe Photoshop 2015.1.
1. Run Photoshop CC in 64-bit mode
When you will open Photoshop first time, you will observe 2 things. First is Photoshop (64 bit) and other is Photoshop CC (32-bit). The 32-bit version can use only 2 GB of RAM, while 64-bit can use as much as RAM as your system will hold. So, depending upon the options, choosing the option carefully can help you to improve the speed considerably. In order to take full-benefits of RAM, goto Edit>>Preferences>>Performance. One of the things, which you will observe, is that RAM is set to 60% by-default. It is quite low. A good starting point is to set it 70% and then re-launch Photoshop to check how it performs.
At the top of the dialog box is the Cache and History setting. Designers can easily adjust the total number of history states as per their requirement (though, 17 is consider a good starting point). And for cache, there are 2 options. 1st one, cache levels deals with how Photoshop redraws the high-resolution images. For a large file, you want to increase the Cache levels to 7. But, if you are working with a smaller file, then you might want to reduce that file size. The size of Cache Tile also governs the data processing. In Photoshop, it is done as tiles and large size tiles can increase the Photoshop speed with certain complex operations.
2. Tune up your system
If you really want the Photoshop to run faster, then make sure your system is in optimum shape. It means you should defrag your HD, fixing all the disk errors, have enough RAM and close all the un-necessary programs.
You can also use some advanced tools for this purpose – Stellar Speedup Mac, Advanced system care and Anti-malware software. Each of the above mentioned tools offer some kind of benefits for your system performance and with the exception of antivirus software, each detect some kind of errors in your hard-drive.
3. Use a drawing tablet in your system
A computer mouse on a computer can be an in-efficient tool while using Adobe Photoshop. Especially, when it comes to masking purpose. It is worth giving a try to drawing tablet (you will be surprised how much this can improve your work-flow.
4. Try to create your own work-spaces
Adobe Photoshop is one such amazing photo editing software that can give users the option to choose from several in-built workspaces. You have also the ability to create your own. In order to access the workspaces first go to Windows> Workspaces. In the left side, you will see workspace of your choice – 3D, Painting, Typography, Photograph etc. Once you click on any one of them, you will be bringing-up a pre-defined menu which you can use as a starting point for your images.
5. Create your own shortcuts:
Use of in-built keyboard shortcuts is another less-known ways to improve your workflow. You can use in-built keyboard short cuts like Command-X, Command-C, Command-V, and many others.
Note: Photoshop also provide designers to create their own shortcuts. To do this, go to Windows> Workspace> Keyboard Shortcuts & menus
Final Conclusion: – As you can see from above mentioned points there are plenty of useful ways to speedup Photoshop. Some of them involve the program directly while other involves your OS X. When you apply these optimization techniques, you will find their effect to be cumulative in both system and Photoshop. One single step will not make a huge difference, but a combination of all the steps, will prove beneficial for you.