Photoshop SpeedUp

Photoshop SpeedUp 3.0

Launch Photoshop in a fraction of the time it usually takes to open
4.5  (11 votes)
3.0.1 (See all)

Adobe Photoshop is one of those monster professional graphical editors that usually take ages to load, a situation that seems to get worse and worse with every new version. Libraries, plug-ins, add-ons, and a plethora of preferences and panels are initialized every time you open the program, and in some cases, the whole process may take up to 2 or 3 minutes. Photoshop SpeedUp can turn this endless wait into a 5-second process for free.

There are many factors that determine the amount of time that your copy of Photoshop may need to open, both hardware- and software-related. The truth is that with every new update or version and with every new bunch of features, Adobe tools tend to open more and more slowly, and Photoshop is no exception. My copy of CS6 usually takes between 30 seconds and one minute to launch, on a good day. Users lucky enough to enjoy the new CC version have reported delays of up to 3 minutes, though. And there is where Photoshop SpeedUp can come to the rescue.

This free utility works like a charm. Just open it, click on the “Optimize” button and let the program do its magic – it only takes a couple of seconds. Typically, two options will be checked by default – “Do not load CMap and Base”, and “Do not load Photoshop Presets.” The program will also control the maximum memory used by the program, usually set at 75%. If you happen to have installed any plug-ins, these will be listed on the tool’s interface. When finished, it will offer to open Photoshop directly from the app, but I haven’t managed to make that feature work after a number of tries.

Either way, Photoshop SpeedUp has managed to reduce a 30-second wait into a lightning-fast 3-second launch. Apparently, you can revert the changes by clicking on the “Restore” button, but it doesn’t seem to have an effect on the program’s launch time at all. Whatever changes the program made in my copy of Photoshop, they are still there.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary


  • Supports up to Photoshop CC 2016
  • Plug-ins can be enabled or disabled at will
  • Optimizes memory usage


  • Restore button doesn't seem to revert the situation completely
  • Fails to launch Photoshop within the tool
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