Photoshop - Which Macs Are Compatible?

David Hardy
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard tool for working with digital images of any kind.
Photoshop has a tremendous breadth of uses in various industries ranging from photographers to graphic artists. The program is so flexible, it is is used for both adjusting photographs and creating graphic elements.
We are often asked which Macs are suitable for use with Photoshop.
The minimum recommended specs for Macs are 8GB RAM, OS Big Sur or later (2014 onwards). Graphics Card - GPU with Metal support or
1.5 GB of GPU memory.
The recommended specs for heavy use are macOS Big Sur (version 11), 16 GB RAM or more and a Graphics Card with GPU with Metal support
4 GB of GPU memory for 4k displays and greater.
The storage for both is very much dependent on how many pictures you want to store but you can also get an external hard drive.
This means all of our 14, 15 and 16 inch MacBook Pro's, most of our 27 inch iMacs and the 21 inch iMacs from 2017 with 4K Display are compatible.
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Capture One Pro

David Hardy
Capture One is a professional-grade photo editing software designed for pros and serious enthusiasts.
It offers exceptional RAW image file processing, image cataloging, layers, local adjustments, keystone adjustments, as well as just about all the features one would expect out of a pro image editing app.

The minimum system requirements on a Mac for Capture One are -

Intel Core i3+ (1st generation)
8 GB of RAM
10 GB of free hard disk space
Calibrated monitor with 1280×800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
macOS 11, macOS 12, macOS 13 (macOS 13 builds up to 13.0)
Internet connection to run Capture One Live
All releases from Capture One 21 (14.2.0) onwards provide native support for Apple Silicon Macs. Additionally, Hardware Acceleration on Apple Silicon (M1/M2) machines is achieved using Metal – this is now also the case on Intel based Macs, if you are using Capture One 22 (15.3.0) or newer.
If working with high-resolution images and doing calculation-heavy adjustments,
we recommend the following:
Intel CPU with 4+ cores
16+ GB of RAM
Solid State Disk (SSD)
Calibrated monitor with at least 1920×1200, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
As always, call us if you need any advice, we have a resident, award winning photographer who is an expert in these systems!
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CheshireMacs; What our Customer’s Think

David Hardy

At CheshireMacs, we work hard to offer the best quality refurbished Apple computers. Our refurbished Apple Mac computers go through a really rigorous process from start to finish to ensure that every refurbished product will perform just as buying from new. The great thing about this is that it saves you money as well as giving you peace of mind.

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How Do I Speed up my iMac?

David Hardy

An Apple iMac can be your best friend or worst enemy if you feel like it is working really slowly. There are many steps and stages you can work through to find out what is going on but there is one key solution.

One of the most common questions we receive is ‘how do I speed up my iMac?’. The answer isn’t always straight forward and simple. However, our technicians have over 20 years’ experience. This allows them to draw on this to find the best solution for our clients.

If your iMac does not have an SSD (solid state drive) then this can often be the answer to speeding up your iMac. We are able to offer fast turnaround on all iMac repairs. Message us or get in touch if you would like a quote for an SSD. This could help provide a solution to an issue you may have been fighting for some time.

Speeding up Your iMac

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