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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time Apps
One of the features I use from time to time in Photoshop CS is the Filter: Pattern Maker... option. In summary, this allows you to define a new pattern stamp using a portion of your image. As time went on, I noticed the time to load Photoshop was getting slower and slower. Turns out that some of the patterns I defined were rather large, and because Photoshop caches them each time it boots, there was a long delay as it loaded each pattern.

The solution is to periodically purge any custom patterns you are not using, so they are not loaded each time Photoshop is started. To do this, perform the following steps:
  1. Click on the Pattern Stamp Tool on the toolbar.
  2. From the Tools option (just under the menu bar), click the drop-down arrow next to Pattern.
  3. Click the Right Arrow button to view additional menu items.
  4. Select, Preset Manager...
  5. Highlight the patterns you wish to purge and click Delete.
With my installation, there are 14 pre-defined patterns. I left those there, and just deleted the ones I had defined. This was enough to significantly improve the load time.
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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time
Authored by: Dave Creek on Dec 09, '05 07:50:32AM

Instead of deleting your patterns you might want to store them in a folder other than the patterns folder so that you can load them when you want to use them. You could also move some of the standard patterns to this same folder.



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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time
Authored by: DizzyPenguin on Dec 09, '05 08:11:32AM

To temporarely or completly disable any Pattern and stop it loading at launch, just add a "~" to the front of the file or folder name that you want to disable.

This also works for any Presets and Plug-Ins that you rarely (or never... think Digimarc or other stuff that comes with Photoshop) use and speeds up Photoshop's launch time without deleting any files. You can restore them by removing the "~".

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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time
Authored by: Phosphor on Dec 09, '05 09:09:04AM
Purging Custom patterns is a good idea, but by far the worst speedbump on the way to efficient load times with Photoshop is having a bargeload of fonts active. And if you have corrupted fonts, you may have trouble loading Photoshop in the first place.

If you have hundreds or thousands of fonts, like many of us do, and you're loading more than 50 fonts into Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or whichever applications you may be using, you really ought to look into a professional-grade font utility. Many of us on the Adobe Photoshop Forums swear by FontAgentPro. There are others, of course, but F.A.P. seems to be the font management utility of choice.

Part of managing your fonts with a professional-grade utility will require that you take the Ox's FontBook out of the loop. Instructions for wrangling fonts can be found at the following links:

The X–Font Debacle — Solved (a little old, but still valid)
Using and Managing Fonts in OS X (Apple)
Advanced Typography With Mac OS X (Apple PDF)

Hope you find this helpful.

Cheers!
Phos....

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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time
Authored by: Phosphor on Dec 09, '05 09:13:17AM
I'm still laughing at my typo:

    "...take the Ox's FontBook..."


LOL!!!

Being able to edit our comments here sure would be nice!

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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time
Authored by: jomy on Dec 09, '05 06:53:16PM

You can also find an Apple training series on Font Management here:

http://www.apple.com/pro/training/fonts/



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Purge custom patterns to improve Photoshop load time
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 15, '05 03:20:56PM

I'm guessing that other presets might affect Photoshop load times too, such as custom Brushes.

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