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PS is running (and processing) very, very slow when re/saving files, moving text, layers, etc. I'm typically running the same size files prior to having these problems. Any suggestions??? Thanks!
(Windows XP, 2 Gig RAM, Photoshop CS)
When you launch Photoshop, the program sets aside a certain percentage of RAM for it's use. This may seem counter-intuitive, but if too much RAM memory is allocated, performance may be compromised (read slow). Try this...
Choose Edit > Prefs > Memory and Image Cache Change Photoshop's Memory Usage to 50%. Click OK.
Have you ever wondered what the Efficiency number in the Status Bar means? If, after working on an image for awhile, the value is below 100% it means that your computer is using the Scratch disk instead of RAM. Because RAM is faster than the Scratch disk, the efficiency will decrease. If you're finding your Efficiency level is constantly low, buy more RAM.
The Status Bar is your Photoshop dashboard. Choose Window > Status Bar The Status Bar appears in the bottom left corner of Photoshop.
It displays three significant pieces of information. Document Magnification It's interactive. Type a value. Press Enter. You're there. Document Size
The number on the left represents the approximate size of the flattened file. The number on the right represents the size of the file including layer and alpha channels. Current Tool Selected Includes a brief description and how-to-use too.
Click the small triangle to gather more information. Stay informed.
My computer really slows down when I'm using Photoshop filters. Is there any way to speed up the process?
I can think of a couple of different ways to get your filters to work faster.
Install more RAM. Filters require lots of RAM.
Quit any other applications that may be running to free up system resources.
Simplify your system display graphics. Cursors with drop shadows and fading menus will sap system resources unnecessarily.
Choose Undo > Purge > All This will free up RAM by deleting all of your History, Undo and Clipboard data. Note: Purging History and Undo means you can't go back, be prepared if you decide to take this route.
Test the filter on a small representative area using a selection. By confining the filter to a small area you can quickly judge how the filter will work.