photoshop on a macbook: are you crazy?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ashjamben, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    just thought i'd share my experience of going with my girlfriend to the apple store to buy a macbook.

    i have a macbook which runs photoshop fine. i dont do anything major, but everything works. my girlfriends just about to start uni so decides to buy a new computer, and decided on a mac.

    so we go in and look around, but kind of already know she's gettin the base model macbook. i wander off for a bit looking at some other stuff, then see an apple sales guy talkin to my girlfriend. i wander over as shes telling him what shes wanting to use the computer for: "just basic stuff really like emailing, going on the internet, typing stuff up on word and also doing a little bit of work on photoshop"

    the guy looked quite surprised, then said: "well i wouldn't recommend a macbook then, they can't run photoshop because they don't have a graphics card"

    i wanted to argue, but couldn't be bothered. needless to say my girlfriend did walk out of the store with a macbook. but it got me thinking...

    does photoshop need a graphics card? the system requirements state 64mb of vram, which i was led to believe by another apple sales guy once when asking about games, includes the integrated graphics cards on the macbooks.

    so, what gives?
  2. Elven macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    I use a Macbook for basic photoshop work, as long as your not dealing with huge work as in massive high resolution images,hundreds of layers etc... you are just fine, seriously bump it up to 4GB ram and it will fly.
  3. craigverse macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2006
    Reno, NV
    I've ran photoshop on a macbook. >_<

    Hell I've ran cs3 on the first macbook that came out. 2gb ram though.

    Hmm. :confused:
  4. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    I run photoshop on a PowerBook 667, I think a MacBook can handle it just fine.

  5. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Yeah i run Elements on my macbook with ease never really had any problems with it.
  6. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    yeah its not a problem. its just one opinion.
  7. DHart macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
    I run Photoshop CS3 on a MacBook 2.2 GHz w/4 GB of ram in a professional portrait studio (driving a 24" external monitor) and it's great. Would a Mac Pro be better? Sure. But not necessary. The $1300 MacBook does the job with Photoshop just fine as long as it has 4 GB of ram and a good quality external monitor.

  8. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    Photoshop doesn't utilize the graphics card at the moment. So, really it's down to cores and RAM for it.

    However, CS4 is supposed to utilize the graphics card, which will make it much snappier on machines with dedicated graphics.
  9. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2006
    I will totally agree, your gf i totally safe.

    i have core duo macbook, baseline model, 2gb of RAM, and i run CS2 85% with no problems. The problems i do encounter is that sometimes its a little slow, mostly when i have to make posters (3.5ft x 4ft) at like 400dpi.. Then things get choppy.

    Also an external monitor is usually very handy especially when your working in colour haha I noticed a difference in the colour of my work just by viewing it on the external which prompted me to make some changes...So i dont think the macbook monitor is too good for very specific work.
  10. DHart macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
    Yes, an external monitor is essential for proper image evaluation... the internal monitor on the MacBook isn't good enough for professional evaluation of brightness nor colors... but is fine for cropping, retouching, etc. And of course for data work, web surfing, e-mail, database, etc... the Macbook is great.
  11. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    My MacBook has 1GB of RAM and I run CS3 no problem. :|
  12. Voidness macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    That's a really nice setup you've got there. :)

    As someone just said, Photoshop CS3 doesn't utilize graphics processors; It's entirely CPU-bound. MacBooks have good CPUs, so it'll be fine.
  13. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    i have a macbook 2.1 ghz with 1GB of RAM the $1099 and i have to say i run photoshop cs3 aboslutely fine. its fast when i use it. just takes a lil while to start the program up. but other than that its fine. you dont need a "primary" grpahics card to run it.
  14. ashjamben thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    thanks for the replies, just really glad i was right in photoshop doesnt need dedicated graphics card. them guys at the apple store are sometimes pretty dumb when it comes to the things they're selling :p
  15. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    It runs fine - it's not graphic intensive although the small screen might be a pain.

    Although I have wondered why they only have the Adobe suite installed on all machines other than the MB at the apple store.
  16. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Nope- not dumb, he was upselling. That should be rather obvious. ;)
  17. hogfaninga macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2008
    Chestnut Tree Cafe
    It works fine on my wife's Macbook as well as mine. Granted we both have 4GB's right now, but even with 2GB's it was fine. Like another poster said, that guy was just trying to upsell however it wasn't right for him to say it wouldn't work(maybe didn't say that--I don't know). Upselling is one thing, lying is another.
  18. wallstreetcrash macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    New York
    Wow, that is nice! I feel like copying your layout exactly :D
  19. ashjamben thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    Yes, upselling I can understand. but out right lying to do so is just wrong. I mean, let's say my girlfriend went in on her own. she needed a laptop, so when she'd been told MacBooks can't run photoshop she'd have probably ended up in another computer buyin a laptop, as a mbp would be way out of her budget.
  20. maccompaq macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2007
    I have a G3 Blue and White 400 MHz tower with 768 MB RAM, and it runs Photoshop CS just fine. Naturally, I have newer and more powerful computers, but I just wanted to assure you that Macs are very efficient. My Compaq with a 2.41 GHz Athlon 64 processor and 1.5 GB RAM running Windows XP cannot crop a photo in Photoshop Elements. It uses all the RAM and then just hangs. I take that same photo and crop it on the old Mac G3 in about 1 second.
  21. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    +1 to photoshop on a macbook. all you need is a good cpu and lots of ram.
  22. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007

    Looks like your running Lightroom , not photoshop :) (Lightroom 2 has native dual monitor capability, btw)

    But OP, PSCS4 boasts some pretty good 3d processes that I know a number of people use, and will utilize any additional graphics mem from your video card for really high resolution and large images (i'm thinking posters and medium format). In my own tests with the latest beta ( gone GM now?) it flew on my 2.5 Ghz penryn on some pretty large documents. I forget if it speeds up filters too.

    If she is serious about PS , just get/save up for a Macbook Pro. Especially if she qualifies for the student discount. Get the entire creative suite and do some animations in After Effects :cool:
  23. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I use cs3 with my MacBook with 2gb of ram and it runs just fine. I'm not doing anything heavy duty, but I agree with everyone else, as long as it's nothing major it should work just fine. I think the people at the apple store would just prefer that you spend more of your money on a MacBook Pro.
  24. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Never expect objective reporting from a salesperson.
  25. DHart macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
    Eddyisgreat but, I do run more than Photoshop on my setup! Just so happened than I had Lightroom on the screen when the photo was taken. Typically I will run Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, Mail, Safari, iTunes, Excel, and MacJournal all simultaneously, all day long. I use Spaces to separate my work spaces. The Macbook 2.2 GHz wit 4 GB of RAM handles it all, including the beautiful 24" widescreen, with ease. Typically the screen on the Macbook is turned off because I prefer working with just the 24" monitor unless I'm away from the desk with the Macbook.

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