Photoshop: Is there a way to free up memory used by Photoshop?

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When Im working with large files photoshop eats up my memory and even if I clear the history and close the file I do not get my memory back, I have to quit photoshop and restart it?

Im using Mac snow leopard with latest updates.
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Jesper Hammarbäck

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Chris Cox

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Not a bug - Photoshop reuses memory constantly. There is no need to quit and restart unless you've been running a third party plugin that leaks memory.
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Adam Jerugim, Employee

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This is less of a fragmentation issue and more of an application performance issue.

There is a significant performance benefit to allocating and re-using memory instead of de-allocating and re-allocating it each time we need it.

If you want more RAM available to other applications and the OS, lower the PS RAM % in Photoshop Preferences > Performance.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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In the current version of Photoshop - If you hold the Option (macOS) or Alt (Windows) key while selecting About Photoshop the application will flush (release) all RAM and scratch disc in use by Photoshop.
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