Another thing I realize that gets delayed as I work longer is selecting layers in the layers palette.
Computers will start to slow down as you use them, but this sounds a little worse than I would think. One thing I like to do is go to the desktop and refresh every now and then when it gets slow. Another thing, if you are using a lot of layers, you could be filling up your 8 GB of RAM. Try looking at your RAM usage next time is gets slow and see if you are getting close...
Is "refreshing the desktop" a pc thing? I'm on a mac.
Activity monitor shows Photoshop using less than 1 gig of RAM. It also shows 6.69 GB used even though I am only running Photoshop and Spotify (and Firefox for a moment while I type this response).
Any other tips or ideas?
Thanks so much!
First, try Command+R to refresh. Sorry, I use a PC lol..
Now, what program is taking up the rest of your RAM? Or are there a lot? Also, how many GB of RAM have you given Photoshop to work with in its preferences?
You more than likely take a break every half-one hour. Do the same for Photoshop.
Instead keeping PS open for hours, I would close it after an hour, exit Photoshop, then restart Photoshop and open that file. Find a point where you can stop and clear out PS. Look into a strategy.
Also, keep Time Machine on. I talked to someone who had a 300 MB file for a client go bad, and he had Time Machine off. He could have got an hour old backup of the file, but instead he had nothing.
At the Photoshop level, look into these tips. The Purge command might be a big help. Experiment with it and know the penalties.
That should be enough to go on.
The Purge command lets you free memory used by the Undo command, the History panel, or the clipboard.Choose Edit > Purge, and choose the item type or buffer you want to clear. If it is already empty, the item type or buffer is dimmed.
The Purge command permanently clears from memory the operation stored by the command or buffer; Purge cannot be undone. For example, choosing Edit > Purge > Histories deletes all history states from the History panel. Use the Purge command when the amount of information in memory is so large that Photoshop performance is noticeably affected.
Thanks for the tips. I will experiment with the purge command today as well as taking breaks from photoshop (which does seem like a bit of a weird solution).
Well, to put it another way, exit and restarting is another way of releasing the gradual taking up of resources that slow down your work. You can try that when you experience slowdowns.
Well, Photoshop certainly isn't taking too much, but something else is taking quite a bit. You still have a fair amount of leeway though. Try the refresh and the stuff gener7 said, and that should keep you going pretty good.
Very good tip, gener7!