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How to Optimize Photoshop... by Norke How to Optimize Photoshop... by Norke
YAY! finally finished!!! Press DOWNLOAD IMAGE at the right to see the tutorial :)

This is the first tutorial of a huge list I'll be writing for my website. I hope you'll like them. ;)

Took me 4 days to write :dead: favs, comments and suggestione are appreciated... ;)


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How to Optimize Photoshop... by `Norke is a very useful tutorial for artists like me,that find it hard to reach their full potential using photoshop due to low performance computers.It is filled with many valuable tips which I am sure many members will benifit from. ( Suggested by 2tall4yall and Featured by znow-white )
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jojoiwi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for spending you time building this tutorial and for making it possible to freely access it. Thank you! :heart:
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Yoshuya-Kiryuu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank goodness, I need this.
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Bleumion Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Bless you for this! We want more!!!
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itsSnow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Useful tutorial!
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missimoinsane Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant. I wish I had found this 5 hours sooner though, just reformatted due to photoshop errors with the laptop and such. Since uninstalling 7 and installing CS5 (which I got this week and while the trial was ok, the real things better). Thank you for this information I shall put it to good use :+fav:
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zispra Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
This very much deserved a DD (congratulations, btw!)

I had to switch from Photoshop to SAI because I was having troubles with the former. I liked all the brush functionality in Photoshop, but when I made a stroke, I would have to wait a few seconds for it to appear on the screen. Changing to SAI was a necessary move, and although I love the program, I do want to work with brushes more. Maybe your tutorial will help me get my old Photoshop CS's glory back. Thank you so much! :heart:
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thenumber42 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm having a hard time figuring out the scratch disk part, as I only have one drive on my computer (it's a netbook laptop). Any advice? the rest works like a charm, though.
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Afroditixxx Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
I'm sorry... i can not seem to be able to see it.. just the pic icon with the feather. i click on it and nothing happens... :( how can i see it? I think it would help me a lot :) thank youuu
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Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Click on Download on the right :)
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Afroditixxx Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
thank youuuuuuuuuu!!! :D
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lezed Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
seem to be a nice job, but where can we found it, is there a link to it ?
Thanks
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Viur Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*foams at the mouth in happiness* you have no idea how much I've needed this.
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Zlobess Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx)))
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DavidSequeira Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
duude thx
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I will read it as soon as I have enough time :D
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NG78 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks thats great!!
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Eniat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this!
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hashms0a Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It dose a lot of improvements....
Thanks...
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Callie58 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is great, thank you
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Callie58 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks really useful! thanks
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sotee Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Awesome. Reading over this gave me an idea of what to do with all the pre-set stuff I don't really want to delete.

The answer is simple: move them out of the Photoshop folder in your programs folder. You can always put them back later, they're just stored in a different area. Without them, Photoshop doesn't have to memorize them, and it has greatly sped up the performance of my PSCS2.

Thanks!
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IconicImagery Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome!!!! Just what I needed! Glad to see that you are still here and have gone from strength to strength!! :w00t:
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Norke Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thx! :D
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IconicImagery Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Bigging this up all over ye olde interwebz - including Twitter, my FB business page and DIGG lol

Also suggested that a very talented illustrator friend follow you here as she's keen to immerse herself into digital painting and get new pieces for her portfolio :blush:
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GreenofSpades Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Its like, "Wait, photoshop DOESN'T have to lag like a bitch?"
Fantastic. Well written, easy to understand, and most importantly veeery useful.
Thanks!
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Vellez Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Thank you very much for this ;D It's much nicer now to have photoshop so simple instead of having tons of useless crap ^^
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Oana-Micaela Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
thank you!
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blueabyss17404 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
wow thank you so so much for this!!!
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A78 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
looks very interesting thank you :)
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GenauDesign Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome tutorial!! Love it!! 1 prob though... There are WAY too many spelling mistakes on it...
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ArshnessDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic! Just when I was saying I may have to go back to an earlier Pshop than CS4 because my compy has been having trouble handling the files!
Thank you so much for the tips and tricks for optimization! I did them all except the scratch disk stuff because I have a single 1TB drive and no room to change that configuration in my desktop.
But the rest is amazing! THANK YOU!
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JAS-addict Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
this is the best tutorial EVER!!!! i can finally use photoshop properly on my laptop. :excited:
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MugiwaraCaptain Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thaaanks : D!
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DivaLea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
As I struggle with large files, I find this! Fantastic! Thank you!
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jaidaksghost Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
I suppose now that I have seen this information I'll actually have to stop using default settings. OMG. Really, it's very helpful - thank you.
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glezx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
nice tut ^^
this helped me alot :D
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pypeworks Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
A very informative tutorial ;)
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Sioke Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so very very much for this!!! :D
I often have the problam that photoshop gets really slowly as I use large files and so I'm really glad about this tutorial! ^^
Thank you very much, really!
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MK-D Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK U SOOO MUCH you have nno idea how much this helped !!!!! :glomp:
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darkside-ky Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I got a technical question: What's the maximum alotted RAM Photoshop is allowed to take up? I'm not sure how big some projects get, but they tend to get overblown whenever I'm working with imported vectors from Illustrator or if I'm working with Liquify Filter.
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Norke Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop 64bit can use all of the memory available. On the Adobe CS5 roadshow, they had a 24GB ram computer.
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darkside-ky Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I guess I should revise my question...let's say I have a 2 GB ram PC, and want to work with vectors, what's the optimum memory needed, and should I simply upgrade my PC?
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Norke Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You don't need a lot of ram if you want to do vector. Vectors are really small compared to pixels :)
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darkside-ky Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
lol you haven't seen the stuff I vector. It's huge.
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Norke Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Vector isn't measured in sizes. :) It's the amount of beziers that counts.
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KanaScott Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Fabulous :D I'd already been through a lot of that stuff (I'm a real tinkerer xD), but I didn't know about the fonts trick and I'd never thought to get rid of loads of the awful default stuff. I just reloaded photoshop and it was like BA-TAM HELLO THERE, so I think it worked. xD Thank you very much for posting this!
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've never understood the "always work in rgb, and then change to cmyk"
As colours can change completely at times.
I always work in cmyk if it is for print.
Iearnt do this, as I've done things for Disney etc, and the colours HAVE to be right. :D
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Still, some very helpful stuff in here :)
Thanks for posting
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1pez Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Actually, what you can do is work on RGB, then when you're done, make a copy and switch to CMYK. Open them side by side, [yea, the colors will be crazy] then adjust the CMYK with curves and you'll see it gets pretty close to RGB and it prints right. ^__^

ps. Love your gallery!
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
What I mean is, clients normally have a colour guide you HAVE to follow. Even if you get the colours spot on in rgb, they will still change when you change to cmyk.

99% of my work has been for kids books atc, and I've always worked in cmyk because of this.

Even if you do use the right colours, when you use airbrushing in a pic for eg. You can lose some colours in the grad, adn will become a kind of pixelated looking grad too. Mainly with darks.

The way I've always worked is, cmyk for print, rgb for digital. Can't go wrong that way ;)
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