Basic tips to increase your Photoshop performance (2021)

Whether you are a graphic designer, Photoshop editor or a simple logo maker, appreciable knowledge about Adobe Photoshop is essential for keeping up with new web design trends.

If you have worked for enough time, chances are there that you are aware of the time consumption. More the creativity of your picture more would be the editing time. Nevertheless, very few of the designers work on changing Photoshop settings and increasing speed. You can also use Photoshop shortcuts.

While there are many software boosting tips available out there, most of them are complex and rough to follow.

We have compiled here some of the most useful tips and tricks for boosting your tool and making Photoshop faster.

Changing Get-at-able Memory

Photoshop loves using RAM; it will use 70% of the system RAM. This is to help the designers play with high-resolution images. Changing the memory usage is one of the most effective ways to quickly up your performance game.

Here is what you need to do:

Step-1} Click on edit and enter the preferences option.

Step-2} Open the memory usage from preferences and you will see memory usage settings in front of you.

Step-3} Change the Photoshop memory usage availability based on your need and the suggestions given by digital image editing software (Photoshop it is!). Increasing this would definitely help with speed.

NOTE- changes would be effective only after restarting the software.

Cache setting – change it too!

Another quick fix for boosting Photoshop is changing cache, present proximal to memory usage box.

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This part controls the time lap for reappeared image (the one with editing). It decided how much you need to wait before making another edit.

While increasing cache will increase the Photoshop opening time, it would highly boost your speed once the file is open.

You can change the cache level by selecting the mode:

  • Default- If you are working with regular images and are good with existing speed.
  • Tall and thin- If you are having multiple-layered image in your hand, i.e. web designs.
  • Big and Flat- If you have to work on large images with lesser layers.

Altering History states

Another thing is history states. Without getting too technical, if you work with design images or one with a lot of Undo clicks, change history states. I would recommend selecting 30-35 history states. While increasing many states would back-fire your boosting-motto, optimum range will bring your great speed benefits.

If Undo, Undo, Undo is not your way, go with 100 history states (ideal for digital artists).

Image Optimization

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This is something you are unlikely to hear, as it is, in general, overlooked. That said, a perfectly optimized image could save your precious minutes.

Image optimization is basically an optimum and harmless compression for large sized images. High-resolution images need to be compressed especially when they are to be posted on your website. You don’t need to work on a 15 megapixel image when the site needs a compressed, 500 pixels.

Change height, width, and resolution a bit, making sure that image doesn’t blur. Nevertheless, you can also use pre-optimization tool like shrink-o-meter and change image settings before opening it with Photoshop.

Say No to thumbnail palettes

Preview thumbnails are another big RAM consumer. Displaying them in layers, channels and paths palettes needs a bit of RAM; this is because of the regularly updating palettes.

Select layer panel options by making a right-click on layers. Select the option – ‘None’. Memory consumption will reduce effectively with every diffused thumbnail.  

Close applications or Images

One last powerful tip I would like to share is closing unessential documents. Most of the skilled, creative designers work with multiple images open on the software. While this can provide quick access to the editable documents, it can slow down your overall speed. Getting so many pictures open consumes memory which makes Photoshop a bit slow.

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Here are some performance-improving words for those skimming the post and of course, those who took time reading the entire post.

Always remember Photoshop tool is all about memory consumption. More the memory available to software better will be its performance. Alter the available RAM from the settings. Change history states and cache, of course, increasing them would bring an instant boost on your table. Changing image resolution would help with selective work, and save your time. Close the useless or later-to-edit image files.  

So that was about it. Follow the easy tips and trick given in this post and you will be saving a lot of minutes flushed on photoshoping images.


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