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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Tough topic. Photoshop keeps the memory for future uses to avoid memory fragmentation.

See: for explanations by one of its engineers.

Look also at: or search for 'memory and performance" in the help files.
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What use is keeping old unused data in RAM? You couldn't get it back even if you wanted to.
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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."