Photoshop Tutorial #2:
Computer Specifications

A good Photoshop output is a product of a fit computer. Here's the specifications that you need to know before buying a PC and installing the software.

If you're tight on budget to buy a new computer, Adobe Photoshop CS3 will fit into this type of PC:

For WINDOWS BASED:

  • Processor: choose your option from these - Intel Core Duo, Intel Xeon, Intel Centrino or Pentium 4.
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack2 or WIndows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Enterprise (certified for 32-bit editions).
  • Memory: 512 MB will do
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 150 GB is fine and have at least 1GB available space for the installation of the software.
  • Monitor: 1,024 x 768 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: 64 MB video RAM
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW
For MAC BASED:
  • Processor: choose your option from these - Power PC G4 or G5 or Multicore Intel
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Mac OS X v10.4.8 - 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Memory: 512 MB will do
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 150 GB is fine and have at least 2GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,024 x 768 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: 64 MB video RAM
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW

If you're lucky to have more budget and wanted to have high performing PC's and get more latest Photoshop version, then here are the lists of specifications that you will need for higher versions of Photoshop:


Adobe Photoshop CS4

Here's the list of PC requirements that you will need for this version.


For WINDOWS BASED:
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz or faster
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista)
  • Memory: 1GB is recommended
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 300 GB is fine and have at least 1GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,280 x 800 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW

For MAC BASED:
  • Processor: choose your option from these - PowerPC G5 or multicore Intel processor
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.4
  • Memory: 1GB is recommended
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 300 GB is fine and have at least 2GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,280 x 800 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW


Adobe Photoshop CS5

Here's the list of the PC requirement that you will need for this version.



For WINDOWS BASED:
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (Service Pack 2 recommended); or Windows 7.
  • Memory: 1GB is recommended
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 300 to 500 GB is fine and have at least 1GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,280 x 800 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: 256MB of Video RAM, GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW

For MAC BASED:
  • Processor: Multicore Intel processor
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Mac OS X v10.5.7 or v10.6
  • Memory: 1GB is recommended
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 300 GB is fine and have at least 2GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,280 x 800 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: 256MB of Video RAM, GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW


Adobe Photoshop CS6

Here's the list of the PC requirement that you will need for this version.





For WINDOWS BASED:
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor.
  • Operating System (OS): Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack . CS6 applications also support Windows 8.
  • Memory: 1GB is recommended
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 300 to 500 GB is fine and have at least 1GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,280 x 800 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: 512MB of Video RAM is recommended, OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW


For MAC BASED:
  • Processor: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Operating System (OS): install one from any of these - Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7, CS6 applications support Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8) when installed on Intel-based systems.
  • Memory: 1GB is recommended
  • Hardisk Drive: depends on your budget. 300 GB is fine and have at least 2GB available space for the installation of the software. 
  • Monitor: 1,280 x 800 monitor resolution with 16-bit graphics adapter.
  • Graphics Card: 512MB of Video RAM is recommended, OpenGL 2.0–capable 
  • Optical Media Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-R or DVDRW


That's all for now and hope you did a great job on choosing your new computer buddy! See you on our next post!