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Friday, January 16, 2009

Graphic Designer’s Ultimate Tools : Photoshop CS4 and 64-bit System

Posted by james on November 18, 2008

Perhaps it would be an exaggeration to use graphic designer and Photoshop savvy interchangeably. Nonetheless, the market’s common qualification for a graphic designer is to have skills on Adobe Photoshop. With the release of the latest Photoshop CS4 Extended, most computer geeks highly recommend to take advantage of 64-bit processor architecture. This is because the previous 32-bit processor architecture can only support up to 4Gb random-access memory (RAM) capacity and beyond this memory would fall as excess, and ultimately useless. In a 64-bit processor with 64-bit OS, 4Gb could just be a starting point for high-end application software like Adobe Photoshop CS4 where graphic designers could exhaustively utilize for much demanding photo and video editing.


Does it really matter if you are using 32-bit or 64-bit? Well, technically size does matter. A 64-bit processor can run faster, about twice, compared to 32-bit processor when running on at least 4Gb RAM. Since Photoshop C4 is a high-end photo and video editing software, it could run efficiently on a 64-bit system. It is also anticipated that future editions of Photoshop would go farther from 32-bit system compatibility. So getting used to the 64-bit system (64-bit processor and 64-bit OS) is the first step to take the lead in the graphic designing race.

Some of Photoshop extensions include new pixel grid, adjustment panel, masks panel, and content-aware scaling, plus some enhancement to previous Photoshop versions. With these high definition color and pixel adjustments, consuming 3Gb or 4Gb of both RAM and virtual memory can be quite common. So utilizing a 64-bit system proves to be highly advantageous in creating highly sophisticated graphic designs.

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