Are you experiencing lag while painting with the Pencil Tool in Photoshop? If you are doing Pixel Art with the pencil chances are that you are having Lag Issues even if you don’t notice it yet.
Fortunately I found some quick modifications to Photoshop that surely will solve this problem. I will list them in order of effectiveness:
Number 1: Smooth Criminal
The main suspect of this issue is the Smoothing Settings for the Pencil Tool. By setting the Smoothing value to 0% Photoshop will no longer spend CPU power to calculate the smoothing for the pencil. We don’t need anti-alias on pixel art so don’t worry for adverse reactions. While the Pencil Tool is selected reduce the Smoothing Value to 0%.
Number 2: Ruler of Evil
Another main culprit of this annoying phenomena is the Rulers. I really don’t know why having rulers active cause this issue. But by hiding them the lag diminishes greatly.
Hide them fast by pressing Cmd + R on Mac or Control + R on Windows. Or by going to Photoshop Menu > View > Rulers
Number 3: Photoshop Performance Settings
If you still having lag issues after the previous adjustments then you probably have hardware deficiency. You can tell Photoshop to take the most of your CPU by doing some adjustments.
First open the dialog box by going to the Preference > Performance in the Photoshop menu.
Make the following changes in the preferences windows:
Under the Memory Usage Let photoshop have more Ram allocation by setting the “Let Photoshop Use:” value to 80% of your current Available Ram .
Also uncheck the “Use Graphics Processor” Under the “Graphics Processor Setting”
Finally decrease the number of History States and Cache Levels under the History & Cache. Repeat this for the “Web/UI Design”, “Default / Photos” and the “Huge Pixel Dimensions”.
That’s it! by making these small and quick changes you should be getting rid of the lag forever. Do you know different ways to stop photoshop lag? Let me know in the comments.
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