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

  • 16
  • Question
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • Answered
  • (Edited)
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.
Photo of Jesper Hammarbäck

Jesper Hammarbäck

  • 10 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Posted 9 years ago

  • 16
Photo of PECourtejoie

PECourtejoie, Champion

  • 906 Posts
  • 337 Reply Likes
Tough topic. Photoshop keeps the memory for future uses to avoid memory fragmentation.

See: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/786514... for explanations by one of its engineers.

Look also at: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/404/kb404439... or search for 'memory and performance" in the help files.
Photo of Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

  • 42 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
What use is keeping old unused data in RAM? You couldn't get it back even if you wanted to.
Photo of Photoshop FAQ

Photoshop FAQ, Official Rep

  • 162 Posts
  • 7 Reply Likes
Dear Adobe Gripe #13922

"Please look at the TaskManager and observe how memory is never released until you quit Photoshop - not even when you close a file. This is very very wrong."