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Optimizing Photoshop's Performance with the Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks and Memory & Image Cache Preferences Settings

Photoshop handles memory very elegantly, but it doesn't know the memory and hard disk specs of your system. Therefore, the next two Preferences dialog boxes are where you find the real control—how to fine-tune Photoshop's performance. The following sections discuss the settings on the Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks Preferences page and the Memory & Image Cache Preferences pages.

Choosing Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks Preferences

The settings in the Scratch Disk area of the Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks Preferences page are probably as important in Photoshop as color settings are for the workspace. Photoshop needs hard disk space in which it saves history pieces, Clipboard pieces, multiple copies of an active file for Undo purposes, and more. If you do not give it enough hard disk space, your work could come to a grinding halt even with gigabytes of RAM on your system. The Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks Preferences page is shown in Figure 3.17.


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