October 14, 2012

How to tune Photoshop CS6 for peak performance

Photoshop performance expert Adam Jerugim has posted a detailed guide to optimizing Photoshop for peak performance. No single configuration is ideal for all types of work:

What type of Photoshop user are you?
[…] The photographer who regularly processes high-resolution images will greatly benefit from increasing the amount of system RAM available to Photoshop, whereas the designer who works with 3D models will obtain far better performance by installing a faster video card containing more video RAM. So, itemize the tasks that you regularly perform in Photoshop and then use the recommended setup details contained in this paper as the basis for optimizing your system.

Check out the guide for a discussion of how 64-bit, RAM, scratch disks, and more affect various operations. [Via]

Posted by John Nack at 3:22 PM on October 14, 2012


  • SinisterKid — 4:11 PM on October 14, 2012

    How about “tune InDesign CS6 for peak performance”? Runs MUCH slower than Photoshop for me.

  • Stormchild — 8:15 AM on October 15, 2012

    Good guide. One note though: if you have an SSD, ignore the advice about regularly defragmenting your drive. Never defrag an SSD. (All that does is shorten the life of the drive. SSDs don’t read or write data sequentially in the first place.)

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