- February 20, 2018
- Posted by: Rodney Prescott
- Category: Discover, Information Technology
You may be wondering about the things that you can do to improve the performance of your Photoshop capable laptop. The truth is there is a lot you can do.
You may not have to do much on the actual laptop. However, the software needs a bit of work. The first point of focus here is to look at the Photoshop settings and examine the different stuff you can do to tweak or improve them. If you determine that the settings are okay, shift focus to the laptop. If you do it right, your laptop will not disappoint you at all. Therefore, what options do you have?
First, check the laptop’s specs. Does it have the requirements necessary for running Photoshop smoothly? The first thing to check here is the CPU. Since it does all the heavy lifting the laptop needs to run any program – including Photoshop; it needs to be powerful enough.
Two specs on the CPU you need to pay much attention to include:
a) clock speed
b) number of cores
The higher the clock speed, the more efficient the laptop will be at whatever you want to do. The higher the number of cores, the better the laptop will be at multitasking, which happens a lot when editing photos using Photoshop.
You will only be able to use the software on your laptop if it meets the minimum requirements for running Photoshop.
Photoshop relies on CPU greatly to function. For this reason, a clock speed of 3GHz is highly recommended. With such clock speed, you will have little trouble applying large brushes or complex filters.
After checking that the CPU is fine, you should now focus your attention on the short-term memory, RAM. It provides the storage space files need to load into every time you work on them.
RAM plays a crucial role in running Photoshop efficiently. It allows you to save and reload everything you need fast. The fact you adjust images using Photoshop all the time means you need a
laptop with enough RAM.
For the most part, laptop RAM ranges between 4GB and 32GB.
According to Adobe, a Photoshop capable laptop needs a minimum of 2GB of RAM. All the same, Adobe recommends 8GB as the best. However, you should aim for 16GB or 32GB, though this would mean spending more money to get the best.
What about the GPU or Graphics Processing Unit? How crucial is it in a Photoshop laptop? Too many graphic designers, GPU is a non-essential. In other words, you are better off with it but not worse off without it. You can still do a lot without GPU.
Nonetheless, what harm is there in ensuring your laptop has the best GPU?
Lastly, check the storage too. Storage is everything, especially if you will do a lot of photo editing using Photoshop. Solid State Drives (SSDs) are much faster. You have the option of going SSD fully or choosing hard disk drive (HDD). You can combine a small SSD with a large HDD.
The checks described above should inform you whether your laptop is capable of running Photoshop or you need to upgrade.