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Tips to enhance Photoshop Elements performance

We all know that image editing is a resource-intensive operation and can make our computer crawl, especially when we have to work with a large number of images. Photoshop Elements (PSE) provides several performance-boosting options that come handy in such scenarios. When you sit down for a marathon editing session in Photoshop Elements, make sure you configure your preferences to enable these options. Restart Photoshop Elements to ensure that the changes are reflected.

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements Editor if already launched.
  2. Double-click on desktop icon for Adobe Photoshop Elements which launches the Welcome Screen.
  3. Click on Edit to launch PSE Editor, Navigate to Edit-> Preferences (Ctrl/Cmd + K) -> Performance









Moving the mouse cursor over each section will show more info in description section.


Modify the Memory Usage settings

By default, Photoshop Elements uses 70% of the available RAM. You can increase the RAM usage for Photoshop Elements by dragging the slider in the Memory Usage section.

Here’s the maximum amount of RAM available to Photoshop Elements in 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems:

Photoshop Elements


Maximum RAM for Photoshop Elements



1.7 GB



3.2 GB

Modify the History & Cache settings

Reduce the number of history states (Undo states). By reducing the number of available History states, you potentially reduce the number of copies of your image using scratch disk space. And that’s a huge gain!

Increase the number of cache levels for better speed.

Modify scratch disks

When the system does not have enough RAM to perform an editing operation, Photoshop Elements uses scratch disk memory. A scratch disk is a drive that has free memory. By default, Photoshop Elements uses the hard drive on which the operating system is installed as its primary scratch disk. You can assign up to four scratch disks.

Here are some guidelines for using scratch disks:

  • Choose a drive other than the physical drive on which Photoshop Elements is installed or any large files you are editing resides.
  • Choose a local drive and not the one accessed over a network or through a removable USB or external hard disk.
  • Defragment scratch disks regularly.

Set Maximize PSD File Compatibility to Ask

The Maximize PSD File compatibility feature increases the size of your file by attaching a flattened copy of your image when you save your image. This extra data ensures that a PSD file saved in Photoshop Elements will open in earlier versions. Non-Adobe programs that read PSD files can only read them when this option is on.

To change the Maximize File Compatibility option:

  1. Select Edit > Preferences > Saving Files.
  2. Set Maximize PSD File Compatibility to: ‘Ask: Prompts on save to maximize file compatibility’.

Close unnecessary files

Always open and work with only those images that you want to edit. Opening many images at the same time takes up memory. If you have many files open and see sluggish performance, close Photoshop Elements and open only those images that you have to work on or close unnecessary files.

There are host of tips and tricks available here  and some of those are helpful for Photoshop Elements as well.

So, review, try and adjust your settings to get maximum benefit out of your software.

Load plug-ins at launch of Photoshop Elements

Here is one quick, easy and dynamic way to install or load your favorite third-party plug-ins during launch of Photoshop Elements (PSE) Editor with a keyboard shortcut key.

  1. Quit Photoshop Elements Editor if already launched.
  2. Double-click on desktop icon for Adobe Photoshop Elements which launches the Welcome Screen.
  3. Press Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift, and in the Welcome Screen click Edit (or Editor for older versions). Keep it pressed until you see the below window (you might have to click on blue screen as sometimes it appears behind welcome screen)
  4. Navigate to desired third-party or any other plugin file location. Select and click Ok.
  5. Now Photoshop Elements Editor will be launched with your plug-in loaded with app.













How to confirm if plug-in is loaded or not:

In PSE Editor navigate to Edit->Preferences->Plug-ins window (Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor->Preferences on Mac) and your plug-in location should be present there as seen below (for one of the plug-ins I loaded):