Question about photoshop....

What's a scratch page......I'm not sure.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Uvah | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

Fired up photoshop this morning and got a pop-up saying the scratch page is almost full. When I first did the install I remember something like that and was advised to it put it not on the same drive as my paging file. Preferably on a separate physical volume. Any idea as to how I can do this. Also....what is it? I never heard of such a thing before. Thanx in advance.

Reply #1 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 11:47 AM

See this:

Reply #2 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 1:49 PM

Already have that. Called it when I wanted to know how to use the feather which by the way doesn't seem to be working. Either that or I don't know what I'm doing. I think the latter is true. I'll figure it out.

Reply #3 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 4:24 PM

Scratch disk - The hard disk Adobe puts its temporary swap file to use when it needs to create more memory.  Similar to the Windows swap file but used exclusively by Adobe.

How to define - Probably depends on the version of Adobe, on my ancient version it's menu command Edit/Preferences/PlugIns & Scratch Disks.

Why put it on a lesser used disk seperate from the Windows paging file and other files/disks that get a lot of use while you're in Adobe - so the disk doesn't thrash about trying to read/write a bunch of different things at once.  Always good to spread out your high access stuff between disks.  Same holds true of music etc if you run it all the time.

Reply #4 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 7:07 PM

Makes sense. Then I should have no worries. Basically I run Photoshop almost exclusively and never with another app that might gobble up too much memory. The only other thing I run while working in Photoshop is this page on the net. I learned the hard way when I first started getting into computers back when windows was 3.1 and the largest drive was about 512 mb. It was my first experience with the BSOD. Didn't matter though. It was a homebuilt out of scrap parts. My instructor called it letting out the smoke. In other words I fried the cpu.

Getting back on topic...I got a WIP going and I was looking to feather some elements. I keep the help page open so I can refer back to it but for some reason the feather isn't working for me. It does when I'm cutting out parts but not when I select an element. I make sure the layer is selected and even tried it with the layers merged. You can see the outline change but not the image.

Reply #5 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 9:12 PM

It does when I'm cutting out parts but not when I select an element.
It's feathering the selection not the image. You have to do something to the part erase the outside or cut or paint something in.

(not sure if that explaination is very clear)

Reply #6 Wednesday, September 1, 2010 10:23 PM

Clear enough Xiandi. I'll give it a shot and thank you. Thank you also DaveRI. You have no idea, but then again maybe you do, know how much fun this is. I feel like I've...uh...growed up a little. Lol



PS- This is one of my WIP's. I'm looking for a place to put buttons. Eventually it'll be a rainy. Any ideas?


Reply #7 Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:34 AM

Another question. I'm trying to follow a tutorial at PSD Vault. I'm at the point where a layer mask is called for and I'm not at all sure how to do that. You'd think they'd at least explain how to do that instead of automatically assuming you know. I tried the quick mask over the adjustment layers and I can fill the layer with white but it doesn't allow for adding the black to the mask. What am I doing wrong?

Reply #8 Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:38 AM

Watch this tut: So You Suck at Photoshop


It may seem like he's silly, but he does show how to do a layer mask with paths. In fact I've learned a couple of tricks by watching all the videos.

Reply #9 Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:23 AM

Tim, that link was great and I learned something but after using PSP so long learning PS is quite hard for me. Problem was I had to watch it 3 times as the first 2 times I couldn't stop laughing. Than I realized I had something I could learn and was ok on the 3rd try. Feel free to send any good links you have to me and thanks.

Reply #10 Saturday, September 18, 2010 2:57 PM

Thank you much for that 2of3. It was very informative and believe it or not I got on the first viewing. Selecting paths is pretty easy. Problem is I need to cover a portion of an underlying layer in order to add another adjustment layer on top. It's like this...There are three adjustment layers...better yet. I'll add the url.


Take a look at step 2 where it says add layer mask to levels layer and what it looks like. That is what I'm having difficulty with. One good thing though. I learned how to do paths!

Reply #11 Monday, September 20, 2010 4:32 PM

     I know I'm going on about this but its bugging me to no end. I agree that the program I was using is a child's toy compared to PS. I absolutely love photoshop now that I have it. What I'm doing is looking for tuts to learn more and I'm finding maybe one out of a dozen I can actually use.I have tried several and managed to finish just one. The others weren't meant for my version, they go CS3 or higher.

     My biggest beef is with these tutorials. The majority of them are more than three years old, poorly written, steps are left out, ill explained and I was just over at photoshop tower trying for the dark tower tut and right after step three image changes from a rounded rectangle shape to a square shape and the author never explains that and what's worse doesn't tell newbies, and there were a few, that you can't edit vector masks which is what the shape applies. Not a regular layer but a vector mask and you cannot apply blending changes to them either.

     This has me more frustrated than you can imagine and I just needed to get it off my chest. It wouldn't be so bad if one comment made in '2006' was never replied to! What does that say about the website. I'm beginning to think that these tuts are a persons fifteen seconds of fame and accuracy means nothing. My rant.

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