This chapter is a little bit different from the rest of 29 chapters. Today we’ll not learn anything that will help our clients or improve our photographs, but we’ll learn something that’ll make us more productive. Today we’ll adjust Photoshop’s preference or optimize Photoshop so that it can run faster and smoother on anyone’s computer provided that your computer meets Photoshop’s minimum requirement to run.

Please note that this tutorial is not for you if your Photoshop is running slowly. This tutorial is written with an assumptions that your Photoshop is running smoothly, and still you want it to be faster.

The minimum requirement for Photoshop CC 2014* is listed below for both Windows and OS X.

*Data collected from adobe.com

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2 GHz or faster)
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512 MB of VRAM (1 GB recommended)**
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, v10.9, or v10.10
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 3.2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512 MB of VRAM (1 GB recommended)**
  • OpenGL 2.0–capable system
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.*

Please note that the preference that I am going to use may not be best for your computer as well. It depends on the hardware your computer is using.

Before we continue, I would like to share my computer’s hardware so that you can adjust yours accordingly.

  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Graphic Car: nVidia 630M (2GB memory)

Now I am going to optimize my Photoshop. Accordingly you can adjust yours.

Open Photoshop, and go to Edit>Preferences>General or you can use shortcut Ctrl+K/Cmd+K.

There are many settings whose meaning you may not understand. This is why I will highlight the main settings so that you know where to focus on. Try to copy the settings in your Photoshop too.

3.1 General

In the screenshot, I have highlighted three settings. Try to copy them, and leave others default. Here are the explanations of the settings.

  • Image Interpolation: Based on this, Photoshop creates or deletes pixels in your image. There’s no need to go deeper into this.
  • Use Shift Key for Tool Switch: You’ll use it when you become a pro. You’ll automatically understand it once you finish this course.
  • Resize Image During Place: Leave it for now.
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Fig 3.1 General

 

3.2 Interface

This is where you tweak the look of Photoshop.

Leave everything default, but make sure you have turned on the “Open Documents as Tabs”.

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Fig 3.2 Interface

3.3 Sync Settings

Ever wondered what does CC means in Photoshop CC? CC stands for Creative Cloud. Cloud in computer language that basically means available everywhere. This is done with the help of servers. For example, suppose you have two computers, one is laptop, and another is desktop. If your Photoshop is connected to Adobe’s server, which automatically is if you are connected to internet, any setting that you change in your laptop’s photoshop will automatically be reflected in desktop’s, provided that both must be connected to internet.

This is where the current Photoshop setting i.e. Sync Setting comes into picture. It asks you to sync which part of Photoshop. By default everything is turned on, and I also recommend you to turn on everything if you are a beginner. Once you become an intermediate or advanced user, you’ll know which one to choose and which one to not.

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Fig 3.3 Sync Settings

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