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Photoshop 32 Or 64 Bit

Photoshop 32 or 64 bit

Photoshop is a popular and powerful image editing software that can run on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems. But what are the differences between these two versions, and which one should you choose? In this article, we will explain the benefits and limitations of each version, and how to switch between them.

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit?

The main difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Photoshop is the amount of memory they can access. Memory, or RAM, is the temporary storage space that your computer uses to run programs and process data. The more memory you have, the faster and smoother your programs can run.


A 32-bit program can only access up to 4 GB of RAM, regardless of how much memory your computer has. This means that if you have a large or complex image, or multiple images open at the same time, Photoshop may run out of memory and slow down or crash.

A 64-bit program can access much more memory than a 32-bit program, depending on your operating system and hardware. For example, a 64-bit version of Windows 10 can support up to 2 TB of RAM, while a 64-bit version of Photoshop can use up to 8 EB (exabytes) of RAM. This means that Photoshop can handle larger and more complex images, and run faster and more stable.

What are the benefits and limitations of each version?

The benefits of using the 64-bit version of Photoshop are:

  • You can work with larger and more detailed images, without running out of memory or experiencing performance issues.

  • You can use more layers, filters, adjustments, and other features that require more memory.

  • You can take advantage of some features that are only available in the 64-bit version, such as the Lighting Effects filter in CS6 and later versions.

  • You can use more plug-ins that are compatible with the 64-bit version, such as some of the Nik Collection plug-ins.

The limitations of using the 64-bit version of Photoshop are:

  • You may not be able to use some plug-ins that are only compatible with the 32-bit version, such as some older or third-party plug-ins.

  • You may not be able to use some features that rely on external drivers or software that are only available in 32-bit, such as some scanner drivers or TWAIN drivers.

  • You may need more disk space to install both versions of Photoshop, if you want to switch between them.

How to switch between the versions?

If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, you can install both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Photoshop on your computer. You can choose which version to install when you run the installer, or you can install both versions by default. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows, you can only install the 32-bit version of Photoshop.

To switch between the versions, you need to close Photoshop and launch the other version from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You can also create separate shortcuts for each version on your desktop or taskbar. The shortcuts will have different icons to indicate which version they are. The 64-bit version will have a blue icon with "64" on it, while the 32-bit version will have a purple icon with "32" on it.


In summary, the choice between the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Photoshop depends on your needs and preferences. If you work with large or complex images, or use many memory-intensive features or plug-ins, you may benefit from using the 64-bit version. If you need to use some plug-ins or features that are only available in the 32-bit version, or if you have a limited disk space, you may prefer using the 32-bit version. You can also switch between the versions as needed, if you have both installed on your computer.

For more information about the differences between the versions, you can visit [this page] from Adobe's website.

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