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Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Performances preferences

Memory usage, Scratch disks, History and Cache, and the newest preference, GPU settings By Chris Orwig

Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white.

In this clip, host Chris Orwig discusses the Performance preferences in Photoshop CS4, including memory usage, Scratch disks, History and Cache, and the newest preference, GPU settings. He explains what each of the preferences are and how they affect the performance of Photoshop. He details the ideal amount of RAM you need in Photoshop based on what you are going to do in Photoshop. He also discusses History and Cache and how it works in Photoshop as well as the importance of Scratch disks. he finally takes a look at GPU settings, which help to accelerate Photoshop provided you have a supported video card.


Performances preferences

Performances preferences

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Chris Orwig is a faculty member of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. He is a professional freelance photographer, interactive designer, educator, and consultant. Included among his clients are companies such as Disney, Nissan, Activision, and J-Records. Yet, more important to him than his client list is his passion for photography. Chris describes this passion with the words of the great photographer Marc Riboud, "Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second."
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