It would be pretty miserable trying to use Photoshop on a minimum spec system, and you wouldn't want to work on anything like HDR or panoramas.
True, but today's laptops exceed the minimum and we have no idea what she will be doing and if it will require a high end workstation.
Perhaps courtney will explain what her goals are.
I Just plan on doing pictures for people as in family, newborns, seniors, weddings, etc. All I have now is a laptop and before I get photoshop I want to get a new computer but I want to make sure the processor has to be a certain one
Processor - i5 or i7 processor - faster than 3ghz, in my opinion
RAM - 8gb is plenty - but no harm jumping to 16gb
SSD - will give you faster load and save times for large files
Hope that helps
Good advice. I'd just add that a half decent mobile graphics card would be good, with GPU acceleration making so much difference to Photoshop performance nowadays. I'm a bit out of touch, but something like an nVidia GTX850M or better. You can compare here
I don't believe a high-end graphics card is necessary - the processors today have built-in GPUs.
But no harm in throwing in a mid-range graphics card. Don't be fooled into thinking 2gb is better than 1gb in terms of memory on the graphics card - it's purely a sales gimmick, unless you're doing very heavy video editing, or doing animated 3D objects - 2gb is often a waste of money in a graphics card. Even at that - video software doesn't access the graphics card memory all that often (to the best of my knowledge - I could be wrong), you're better off getting more RAM if you're doing video editing.
For things like photographs - 1gb graphics card is more the sufficient.
Where did video editing come from?
Perhaps the GPU FAQ will be a good place to start. But I would worry about driver issues using onboard graphics with a laptop. The few Intel GPU driver posts we see here, don't seem to have happy endings from my memory or them.
Just indicating that you 2gb Graphics Cards are often offered as a selling point - and not to be conned into this when buying a new computer. 1gb is perfectly sufficient for a graphics card.
Well - I think laptops get very hot in general - and when they do the processors slow down so they don't overheat. This happens in both the processors and the graphics processor.
For this reason, I think a standalone graphics card in a laptop is essential. But you don't need a high-end graphics card for photoshop.
I wonder if the Graphics Processor in the CPU in the latest i5- or i7 - 4xxx range?
Whatever you get in a laptop - get it custom made - and get everything you need in it - as they are a pain to open up and put back together if you ever decide you want to upgrade parts - hard drive and RAM are pretty easy to get at in most laptop configurations.
When having it custom made - specify you want a good cooling system too - to prevent slowness due to overheating.