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๐Ÿ”Ž Quick Tips: How to Optimize Ps preferences for performance

Adobe Employee ,
Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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Improve performance by optimizing Preferences


Did you know you can make a few changes to Photoshop preferences to see better performance? Follow these steps and watch the video to see how to optimize your settings.

 

 

โถ Backup your preferences in case you want to restore them later

  • Quit Photoshop
  • Copy the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder and save it on your computer or backup storage. You can find the folder here :
    macOS: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings
    Windows 10: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [version]/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings
    (If you need to restore them later, see: Preferences)

 

โท Go to the performance settings in Photoshop Preferences

  • macOS: Photoshop > Preferences > Performance
  • Windows: Edit > Preferences > Performance
 

 

โธ Optimize the settings for performance:

  • Increase the Memory allocation: Increase the Memory allocated to Photoshop to a value between 75-85%

  • Reduce history states: Reduce history states to 25 or less.

  • Change the cache level: The default level is 4. Increase the cache level if you work on large files and want to improve Photoshopโ€™s responsiveness while you work. Try a number like 6.

  • Adjust cache tile size- Tile size determines the amount of data that Photoshop operates on at any one time.
    Increase tile size to speed up complex operations. Try 1028.

  • Set the drawing mode- If you have enabled the option Use Graphics Processor, then click on Advanced Settings and ensure that you have set the drawing mode to Basic.

 

โธ Close Photoshop

  • Once you close Photoshop and restart it, the changes will take effect.

 

 

Follow along with this video to see how to make the changes. Visit Optimize Preferences for more details and to see additional changes you can make.
 

 

 

 

Related links:

Optimize Photoshop performance

Preferences

Photoshop User Guide

Check out other Photoshop Quick Tips 

 

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Community Expert ,
Dec 10, 2021 Dec 10, 2021

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a better way is using pre-defined buttons below insteaad of changing the values manually .

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Jan 10, 2022 Jan 10, 2022

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This really needs a "painting" setting, as the needs for drawing are different than general image manipulation.

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New Here ,
Dec 12, 2021 Dec 12, 2021

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Thank you!

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Jun 26, 2022 Jun 26, 2022

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My Graphics Processor Advanced Settings window does not have a Drawing Mode selection. I have PS v23.4.1. Do I have something set wrong?

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