>> >>>So if you're editing 1 or 2 files at a time, then >there is >>no >>>need to worry about computer specs >> >>Not quite true. Try the new CS5 'Content Aware Fill' on a >big >>area of the image, and anything under about 6GB of RAM >will >>end up going to the hard drive for virtual storage, and >slow >>the process down to several minutes. This is where a SSD >>really helps.
> Russ, > I just opened a 80mb TIFF file in CS5 and tried removing >about 25% of the image using the content aware filter. I have >real time CPU and RAM usage that shows up on my keyboard's LCD >(logitech G15). The content aware doesn't use much RAM, just a >10% increase from 35% to 45% ( I have 6 gigs install). It >actually uses more CPU power because of the calculations the >software has to do to try and emulate the surrounding area. >The CPU went from 5% to 70% during this process and it took my >system about 5 seconds to complete the task. Now you have to >remember that I have a Intel i7 chip overclocked to 4Ghz and >photo editing just ain't going to push it to the limit but a >normal Intel core2duo or quad core is gonna struggle. > No real point to my post but I thought I'd point this out. >Plus who is going to want to remove 25% of a photo using >content aware?
There are lots of times when you would do a large content aware fill. One example is when you stitch five images together to form a panorama. It leaves a ragged edge all the way around and you have to do a huge crop to get it to a rectangle - OR - you can fill the ragged edges using content-aware fill. Another is when you have pushed important things too close to the edge of the frame to be able to crop to 8x10. You can use content aware fill to artificially create the missing image on one end.
I also have an i7 but only clocked at 2.8GHz. With 4GB RAM it basically locked up when I tried to do a huge Fill. When I increased it to 12GB RAM it reduced it to just a second or so. It must be using RAM for something.
I don't have any SSD's. I have two 2T eSATA internal drives.