Photoshop: I use lots of layers so my computer gets very slow, can I use my iPad to somehow divide the work?

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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No, you can't divide the work. There is Photoshop for iPad, but that is a separate app, not an app that can take over part of the workload while you work in Photoshop on the desktop.
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Hi Johan, so I cannot use my photoshop account on my iPad? I understand that I cannot use them simultaneously. Thanks
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Cristen Gillespie

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Not Johan, but yes, if you have a subscription you can use your account to run PS iPad .  But don't mistake that very early app for the Photoshop that you're using on the desktop. You'll a) need to learn a new interface; b) accept that most of the features you're used to using on PS won't be on the iPad yet; c) figure how to work between iPad and desktop in some way that makes more sense than putting up with merely slow on the desktop.

You'll still be dividing your work up old school. You can send a base image to the iPad and build up a simple composite with adjustment layers that aren't as complete as the ones you use on the desktop, and creating selections with only a few tools for selecting, as well as only a very few brushes that have been chosen for you. That works well enough for having fun—at least it does for me. But it may not work at all well for your project.

Just that you're asking this question makes me think you probably lack experience with the iPad version of PS. So I'd strongly recommend you first try out the iPad without it being mission critical before you try to think of some way to use it in your professional work. It's a long ways from being ready to replace the desktop—unless you just happen to only need the few features it has.

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Thanks Cristen, I probably don't need but the basic tools. And thanks for the "professional work" bit. This is just quarantine survival 101.
Be well
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But you can divide your work into smaller portions. Create some layers. At a reasonable point where you've decided it's all good, save that file and make a flattened duplicate as your new image base and move on up. Of course, that's a very old-school way of working in times of much more limited computer resources.

It means you can't edit up and down the chain as a completely non-destructive workflow would allow. You have to be confident that you like what you've done up to that stopping point and won't need to change anything—or get more RAM/scratch disk space, faster computer, the expensive route. But since you're saving the smaller layered file itself each time, you can edit a section, create a new single layer from that to use as the new image base of the next section, and so on. Kind of a PITA, though.  '-}

When my computer gets that slow, I usually just do a lot of calming deep breathing exercises and "plan" my next wicked fast computer purchase. LOL
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How "big" is your computer in terms of amount of RAM, space allocated in RAM for Photoshop, disk space and processor speed? Do you have a lot of other programs running as well or a lot of browser windows open? You can check using Task Manager
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Thanks Johan.
Thanks Cristen, I specially like the last paragraph...
No new computer, this is a short project, (hopefully) although it has saved me a LOT of my sanity. If anyone is interested in backdrops for a puppet theater, I'm giving them away...
And Dave, thanks but am a grandma, no idea what you're talking about, my son is still laughing because I called a week ago and asked about the pixies...
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> I called a week ago and asked about the pixies...

I don't know. They frequently act like those mischievous little things. LOL
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Exactly!