The Photoshop Computer

The Photoshop Computer

The Photoshop Computer
  • DVI
    or VGA compatibility. Does your monitor use DVI or VGA cables? Pick a video
    card that will support the type of connection your monitor uses.
  • Multi-monitor
    support. Will you be using more than one monitor? If yes, then ensure that your
    video card supports dual monitor output. If you have more than two monitors,
    you may need to purchase more than one video card. Some video cards support
    more than two monitors but those are can be costly and it would be economical
    to simply purchase a second video card.
  • 3D
    graphics. Will you be playing 3D games or using 3D applications on this
    computer? Make sure the video card works with all your programs and not just
    Photoshop.

{mostip image=note}The
amount of RAM on the video card will not provide any performance gains for
Photoshop. Video card RAM is usually used for 3D programs such as 3D games
where textures need to be stored.

Photoshop Setup

To take
advantage of Photoshop CS2 with a fast 64-bit computer, there are several things
that need to be setup.


Enable access to 2+ GB RAM

If your
computer is running a Windows and has more than 2 GB of RAM, you may need to
modify the boot.ini file to set the 3 GB switch. For more information on this,
please visit the Microsoft® support website and search "3gb".


Scratch Disk

If your
computer has a separate internal hard drive dedicated as a scratch disk, make
sure that it is set as your primary scratch disk.

  1. Inside Photoshop, choose Edit> Preferences> Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks.
  2. Change the primary scratch disk to
    the hard drive you've setup as our dedicated scratch drive.
  3. Set the second, third, and/or forth
    scratch disk as your other drives. Keep the fastest and least used hard drives
    first and the slowest last.

{mostip image=tipon}To keep
your hard drives at its optimal speed, keep them defragmented. We recommend
defragging the hard drives once or more a week.


Image Cache

When redrawing a high-resolution image, Photoshop can use a
low-resolution version of the image to update the image on-screen so that we're
able to continue working faster. To enable this:

  1. Inside Photoshop, choose Edit> Preferences> Image Cache.
  2. Set the Cache Levels to the amount that fits
    your computer specifications. The default setting is 4. More levels make
    editing high resolution images faster but also make it slower to open the file.
  3. Restart Photoshop.

Bigger Tiles Plug-In

The Bigger Tiles plug-in allows Photoshop to process image
data in larger chunks to reduce overall time and increase responsiveness. This
plug-in is recommended only for computers with more than 1 GB of RAM.

  1. Browse to the folder Adobe Photoshop CS2\Plug-Ins\Adobe
    Photoshop Only\Extensions\Bigger Tiles folder. On a typical Windows computer
    setup, this folder is usually found c:\Program Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Adobe
    Photoshop Only\Extensions\Bigger Tiles.
  2. Remove the ~ from the beginning of filename of ~Bigger
    Tiles.8BX. The file name should now be "Bigger Tiles.8BX" instead of "~Bigger
    Tiles.8BX".
  3. If Photoshop is opened, restart Photoshop.

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