I'm reaching out to my fellow design enthusiasts for some much-needed advice. As a graphic design teacher navigating the world of hybrid remote learning, I've encountered a frustrating roadblock.
Here's the scoop: I rely heavily on Adobe Photoshop to teach my students the intricacies of design magic. However, whenever I'm running Photoshop alongside my virtual classes, my computer starts to resemble a snail on tranquilizers – slow and laggy!
Hybrid remote learning , with its blend of in-person and online teaching, has been quite the adventure. But who would've thought it could lead to such a hiccup with my beloved Photoshop? Are they not destined to be companions in creativity?
I've tried closing other applications, assuming my computer's overwhelmed from multitasking. Even with only Photoshop and my remote teaching tools running, the lag persists, and I fear my design demos are turning into unintentional tutorials on "How to Watch Paint Dry."
I've come across whispers about "RAM" and "processing power," but I'm no tech expert. Could these be the culprits behind my design dream turned slow-motion nightmare? Is my computer craving an upgrade to keep up with my passion for pixels?
If any of you design aficionados or tech wizards can share your insights in a way a fellow teacher can understand, I'd be beyond grateful. Imagine explaining this to your creative grandma who thinks a mousepad is for doodling.
To clarify - you're scrensharing your Photoshop application and everything slows down on your computer and therefore a painful demo experience - right? A few questions: - What virtual classroom/web conferencing tool are you using?
- Does your computer start slowing down as soon as screensharing Photoshop begins or when you do something in Photoshop?
What's your screen resolution and computer specs? Is Photoshop ever slow when you're using it outside of your hybrid class?
If you use Zoom and assuming you have a decent processor and enough RAM...
I use Zoom and Teams to do live, online training. Zoom seems to be a system hog; I can't really speak about Teams as I use that mostly for Microsoft Office training, which doesn't use as many resources as Adobe software.
I don't use video of the students or myself, just audio, after the initial introductions. This helps on the students end too as I don't know the type of connection they have.
You can try lowering the frame rate for screen sharing but I suggest you test the results before using it in an actual class.
Make sure you GPU drivers are up to date.
Make sure Zoom is up to date.
Check the upload speed of your internet connection--usually it is slower than the download speed. You might be able to increase it.
Lastly, uninstall and reinstall Zoom.
David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)