Quadrupled my RAM...photoshop not any faster! Help

phix95

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Wth am I doing wrong? I think everything is set up properly.
Anything I can try? I'm working with a 100 mb file and everything takes half a second to move. All I have open is Chrome and Notepad.
 

Doctor Rob

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photoshop also uses your Video card as well.. so yea if you want any real help we all would need to know what CPU, RAM specs (like how much, speed, etc), SSD or HDD, Video card.. etc.. all that helps a lot.. like if you have a slow CPU it really will not matter how much ram you have.
 

phix95

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Ah sorry.
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 16350 Mb
Graphics Card: ASUS HD7870 Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305142 MB, Free - 229139 MB; D: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 535227 MB; F: Total - 953835 MB, Free - 636735 MB; No SSDs
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., 970A-D3P, x.x, To be filled by O.E.M.
Antivirus: Avira Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
 

jay.wooster

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Do you have a budget to upgrade from this point ? It was a good call moving up from 4MB of RAM if that is where you were at, would have been one of the first suggestions we would have made, although you have upgraded DDR3 RAM and if you need a new MB then you may need DDR4 anyway :(
 

phix95

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Absolutely not. I've upgraded everything in my pc except the HDs over the last 2 yrs.

Nothing else I could do? I changed the swap file size a couple days ago. I'm drawing painting marks and see them only after I lift up the stylus.
 

azaran

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Might be a silly question, but have you tried increasing your Memory Usage settings? It's under "performance" in your settings.
 

volkgren

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Solid State Drives can really help; but you say a stylus? You are using a touch screen or drawing pad?
 

phix95

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You mean paging virtual mem?

I also just lowered my screen rez to see. Things are blurrier but oh well.
 

phix95

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I do have one a friend gave me but have not installed it. Everything else is fine, just PS lags.

I have a wacom stylus. No touch screen. A drawing tablet.

 

azaran

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Nope, I mean within Photoshop. You can determine how much available RAM Photoshop can use. If it's still setup to use the default memory usage you had with your previous RAM configuration, it may still be only using that much memory even after your upgrade (it should auto adjust but not everything does what it "should"). It's located in Photoshop under Edit>Preferences>Performance.

You can also look at other ways to optimize Photoshop here
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/optimize-photoshop-cc-performance.html
 

Doctor Rob

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yea I would put in SSD as your only other real upgrade.. unless you can find an old faster FX CPU to give you a little more oomph. then use that as the scratch disk and such. I know from experiences it really helps when doing videos. It should also help with your photos too.
 

phix95

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Does Photoshop itself have to reside on the SSD?
 

phix95

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I have lowered the resolution to 1600x900 and that seems to have helped. Was suggested actually by Windows.
 
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I think this color picture effect will be useful for you. This technique allows to turn a photo into grayscale or black and white, and keep the color of certain objects. When done right, this effect will bring deep and vivid results. It’s my favourite tool!
 
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