ACR: Solving the "not enough" RAM problem occuring with Elements 12

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I installed Photoshop Elements 12 (PSE 12) and used it for a few months with absolutely no problems - could edit 25 - 30 photos at a time with no issues. When I installed the 8.3 Photoshop Camera raw editor, I could no longer edit more than 15 - 20 photos at a time - I would get the error message relative to not having enough ram. I have 16 gigabytes installed and was showing only 2 gigabytes being used at the time. I had 112 gigabytes available on the C drive at the time as well. I am using Windows 7 Professional with an I-7 processor. When I uninstalled and reinstalled PSE 12 without updating to the 8.3 Photoshop Camera Raw Editor, the problem was resolved.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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A 32-bit program like PSE12 Windows, can use more that 2 GB since your Windows is a 64 bit version: look at the menu edit / preference in the performance dialog:
With my 4 or 8 GB Windows 7 64 bit computer, I can see that the total available RAM is 3255 MB, of which I have chosen to let PSE use 85%, that is 2467 MB.
So, adding more RAM or setting the percentage up to 90% may help you.
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I am having similar issues. Hardware is sufficient but software is restricting RAM availability so will not complete fill when attempting to do a panorama with Photomerge. I have changed the performance settings in Preferences as per suggestions. Anyone found a solution?
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Try allocation 100% to PSE, and if that doesn't work, try allocating even LESS than the default of 70% or the 85% suggested above, in case it is running out of memory in the plug-in and the plug-in doesn't use memory allocated to Elements, but needs its own.

It is also possible that the panorama is too large to all fit in memory and won't ever work. If you want to create JPGs for each of your originals and upload them to somewhere like http://www.dropbox.com/ and post a public download link to them, here, and I can try them in Elements and see if things work any better for me, and also try them in 64-bit Photoshop to see how much memory is actually needed.
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Thanks for the reply Steve. I am new to pano and just playing with three jpg images each roughly 12 megs in size. I am using the 64 bit version of Elements 12 on a i7 processor running Win7 Pro, 32GB of RAM and over 4TB of free disk space. Photomerge does a very nice job until in attempts the fill process at which time the memory error message hits.
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Elements is a 32-bit program on Windows, though Macs have a 64-bit version new with Elements 12. You can verify this by looking for a (32 bit) or *32 designation after the process name in Task Manager - Processes tab.

Does it work with 2 of the 3 JPGs?

How much memory does Task Manager show the Photoshop Elements process is using just before it runs out of memory?
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Well I just thought I had a 64 bit version but of course you are correct and it is only 32. I took your suggestion and used 2 of the 3 jpg files and it did complete the process but not well at all. The areas it "filled" were not what should have been in that area. Looks like cropping will be the solution until I get better at this.
Thanks again.
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If you're going to be doing a lot of panoramas you might try something like this:
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

Or I use a commercial AutoPanoGiga from here:
http://www.kolor.com/