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Chapter 3. Hardware, System Setup, and P... > Photoshop 7'S Minimum Requirements

Photoshop 7'S Minimum Requirements

Photoshop 7 is a rather sophisticated piece of software. As such, it won't run on just any old computer. There are certain minimum requirements for both the computer's hardware and the operating system. Of course, in addition to the minimum requirements, it's good to know what you can do—both hardware and software—to make Photoshop run faster. This chapter looks at computer equipment that can make your production speedier, as well as Photoshop's Preferences and how to set them for improved efficiency.

Windows Requirements

Photoshop requires at least a Pentium III-class processor, 128MB of available RAM, a video card capable of 8-bit color (256 total colors), and a monitor capable of displaying a resolution of at least 800×600 pixels. Realistically, consider at least 192MB of RAM (128MB for Photoshop, 64MB for the operating system) and a video card with at least 16MB of on-board video memory (VRAM). In addition, you'll likely want a monitor displaying a minimum of thousands of colors with resolution set to at least 1024×768 pixels—with the minimum resolution, you'd not be able to take advantage of Photoshop's Palette Well.


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