How To Stop Photoshop From Lagging

If you are a digital artist or a graphic designer, then you have likely experienced the issue of Adobe Photoshop lagging. This can be extremely frustrating, particularly when working on a complicated project. The purpose of this blog post is to assist you in resolving this problem and improving your overall Photoshop experience.

Possible Reasons for Photoshop Lagging

Before we get into the solutions, let’s examine some of the possible reasons why Photoshop might be lagging:

  • Your computer’s resources might not be sufficient to run Photoshop smoothly.
  • You may have too many apps open simultaneously, which is consuming a lot of your computer’s memory.
  • Your Photoshop settings may be set to a higher level than is necessary.

How to Stop Photoshop from Lagging

1. Increase the Memory Usage

Photoshop uses RAM to process its functions. If you don’t allocate enough RAM to Photoshop, it will lag. Here’s how you can increase the memory usage:

  1. Open Photoshop and click on the ‘Edit’ menu.
  2. From the dropdown list, click on ‘Preferences’, then ‘Performance’.
  3. In the Performance Preferences, adjust the ‘Memory Usage’ slider to allocate more RAM to Photoshop. Try setting it to 70% if you use Photoshop frequently.

2. Adjust the Scratch Disk Settings

A scratch disk is a drive on your computer that Photoshop uses as virtual memory when the amount of RAM is insufficient. You can set up multiple scratch disks to improve Photoshop’s performance. Here’s how:

  1. Open Photoshop and go to ‘Edit’ > ‘Preferences’ > ‘Scratch Disks’.
  2. In the Scratch Disk preferences, check the box next to the drive you want to use as a scratch disk. You can select more than one.
  3. Click ‘OK’ to save your changes.

3. Reduce the Number of History States

Every time you make a change in your Photoshop document, Photoshop saves a snapshot of it in the History panel. These snapshots, called History States, can consume a lot of memory. To reduce the number of History States, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Photoshop’ > ‘Preferences’ > ‘Performance’.
  2. In the History & Cache section, reduce the number in the ‘History States’ field. Try setting it to around 20.

4. Update your Graphics Driver

Outdated graphics drivers can also cause Photoshop to lag. Updating your graphics driver can potentially solve the problem.

On a Windows computer, you can do this by opening the Device Manager, locating your Graphics Card under Display Adapters, right-clicking it, and then selecting Update Driver.

5. Keep your Photoshop Version Up to Date

Adobe frequently releases updates for Photoshop, which often include performance improvements. Therefore, keeping your Photoshop version up to date can help to reduce lag.

We hope these tips have helped you to improve your Photoshop performance. Remember, there are limits to what any software can do, so if Photoshop continues to lag, it might be time to consider upgrading your hardware. Happy designing!