October 15, 2007
Tuning Photoshop for peak performance
Fast performance, as I’ve said before, is the best possible feature: it just works, without requring you to learn anything or to change how you work. Not surprisingly, it’s always at the top of customers’ lists of requested features.
The Photoshop team works hard to tune the application to run as well as possible for the majority of users, but the ways in which each person uses the can differ pretty wildly. For example, do you tend to open files with small pixel dimensions and lots of layers, or do you tend to work more with large, nearly flat documents? The optimal application settings & hardware setups may differ based on your needs & style of working.
To help shed some light on these topics, Photoshop co-architect Scott Byer & performance lead tester Adam Jerugim presented a popular session at Photoshop World last month. They’ve posted some notes on Scott’s blog, and just this morning Scott uploaded a revised & expanded version of the presentation slide deck (PDF).