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Real World Adobe Photoshop CS3: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques by Bruce Fraser, Conrad Chavez, David Blatner

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Chapter 1. Building a Photoshop System: Putting It All Together

Photoshop is about as rich a program as you’ll ever encounter, and much of this book focuses on ways to help you be more efficient in your use of it. But no quantity of tips, tricks, and work-arounds can compensate for hardware that’s inadequate for the task or a poorly configured system. So in this chapter, we look at building an environment in which Photoshop—and you—can excel.

Photoshop takes full advantage of fast Macs and PCs—the faster the better. But the speed of the computer is only one part of the equation. Even the fastest computer available will seem sluggish if you don’t have enough RAM, and Photoshop refuses to work at all if you don’t have enough hard-disk space. How ...

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