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  10 October 2003
Photoshop Error/Problem

Hi, I just got Photoshop 6.0 and installed it. Everything worked fine. When I started it for the first time, something came up that said something like photoshop scratch and windows paging files in same folder or drive. Then it said I should put one of them in another drive or something like that. I don't know exactly what it said because it never came up again. Also, everytime I create a new file the default mode is greyscale but I want it to be RGB Color or bitmap. How do I do that? Also, which is better quality, RGB Color or Bitmap? Thank you for any help you can give me.
  10 October 2003
these are not errors nor problems, these sound simply like prefrence issues. I don't remeber how to access that stuff through 6 though.
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  10 October 2003

A "Scratch Disk" is a "swap File". They serve the same purpose.
Photoshop uses one just in case it needs it when you use up all your avaliable/assigned hard ram. Windows does the same thing.

A swap file, or scratch disk is simply a small chunk of your hard drive space that's been converted to serve as a memory pool for an application. Not all applications need/use these. But PS is one that does.

All Photoshop was saying is that for best performance, you should have a second drive or partition that PS can use for its swap file. Using the same drive/partition as Windows does for its swap file can cause memory/performance issues.

The setting for this is under the EDIT menu/Preferences.

Unless you work mainly in print, your default document settings should be this:
NAME: Untitled-1
WIDTH: will be set to the last document you opened.
HEIGHT: will be set to the last document you opened.
MODE: RGB (will always reset itself to last document opened!)


If you ever find your new docs do not have these settings. it's because you've opened an image that was different -- like a Bitmap or a Greyscale image.

In that case, you need to create a new Document and reset these settings.

Last edited by theGuest : 10 October 2003 at 01:27 AM.
  10 October 2003
Thank you for clearing that up. One more thing, how do you set a scratch disc in PS?
  10 October 2003

Quote: The setting for this is under the EDIT/Preferences/"Plugins & Scratch Disks" menu.

  10 October 2003
Quote: Originally posted by cg_master
Thank you for clearing that up. One more thing, how do you set a scratch disc in PS?

ctrl+k for getting the preferences
ctrl+7 for Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks
Then u have 4 scratch disks u can define
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