Adobe Photoshop takes more room time than you realize think. But Photoshop also uses huge temporary cache files, several of which exceed one gigabyte each, which don't always disappear as they should when you close the program.
Unfortunately, Photoshop is alittle shit in file management, and temporary files can often remain after closing the program. If you frequently work with large Photoshop projects, this means that the files can be large in size and number. Some users may fill their entire hard drive with temporary files without even realizing it. If this is a problem for you or if you just want to do a quick cleaning, follow the steps below.
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You can get rid of some temporary files, including most Photoshop files, with the Windows Disk Cleanup Tool . But for a faster and more convenient approach (and to see how large some of these files are), we reorder the manual method.
First step: save your work
Before going any further, open Photoshop and make sure you have no current projects that you don't have not saved to a local file. Do it now: we're going to delete all the temporary files that Photoshop uses to make sure it won't lose anything from your work. Save the files to your normal working folder, then close the program.
You may also want to open File Explorer in the " This PC ", which gives you a quick overview of the saturation of each of your disks. It will be useful to see how much storage space you have freed up when you are done.
Step 2: close all Adobe programs
Close Photoshop, as well as Adobe Bridge, Illustrator, and any other Adobe programs you may have running. Opening them may cause file access conflicts that cause you prevent deleting one or more of the temporary files. Check the Manager task to see if any background programs like Service Manager are also running and close them manually.
Step 2: access the Temp folder
Open a second File Explorer window, then go to your temporary data folder, usually found here:
C: Users Your AppData Local Temp username
If you are using macOS, open the application Terminal (from Finder or in the Utilities folder), then type "open / tmp " and press Enter.
In this folder you will find many things, maybe thousands of files and folders if you have been using your computer for a long time The files you are looking for are named "Photoshop Temp " followed by a string of ten semi-random numbers. Note the large file sizes in my temporary folder below.
Step 3: Delete files
Highlight the files and delete them. If you get "This action cannot be completed, you left an Adobe program open somewhere. Check Task Manager to close them manually and try to delete them again.
When you are finished, empty the Recycle Bin or the Recycle Bin folder to recover your storage space, then check how much space you have saved.
Next time you run out of storage space, check these huge files and make sure your PC isn 't hoarding a collection of temporary files you don’t need.