Speed test


Welcome to the retouchartists.com Photoshop speed test. After weeks of research and many hours of consultation with fellow creative professionals we have designed, built and tested an action that runs a mixture or real world operations. This enables you to test your systems efficiency against other machines, which allows you to optimize your machine for the fastest Photoshop results. It is also a helpful tool for creative professionals looking to upgrade their systems, letting them compare Photoshop speeds with possible system purchases. This test is fast becoming a standard in quality for real world speed testing, it is to be used by Apple computers, Poland, to bench test their upcoming hardware against previous generation machines. It’s also been used by one of the internets largest Mac benchmarking websites, and is going to be featured in well known author – Martin Evening’s upcoming CS3 revision of his superb ‘Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers’ book. So from the professionals that tested it (Fine art printers, Photoshop professionals, designers and photographers) to the organisations endorsing and using it, you can be certain that you are using a fair and reliable test. Before running this test, restart Photoshop and read the ‘read me’ file included with the download, fully before running. To run the speed test on your own system you can download the 3.42mb zip file (including image and action) from this Download location. To submit your own systems results into the system click Here. Click Here to view the table of results.

To install Speed test:

  • open Photoshop;
  • press combination of buttons ‘Alt’ + ‘F9’ to open panel ‘Actions’;
  • choose ‘Load actions…’ in the top right sandwich menu of the Actions panel;
  • choose file ‘speed_test.atn’ in a folder where it was extracted from the archive;
  • It will appear in Actions.

Or open Photoshop then using any file browser of your OS just double click on ‘speed_test.atn’ file in a folder where it was unzipped. It will appear in Actions. That’s it. 😉

Whether we are working with a photographer on their studio or wedding images, or completing international projects for advertising agencies or world renowned companies, our retouching remains first class. Whilst we may use the industry leading hardware and software, it is the imagination and innovation of our retouch artists that allows us to lead the industry. With our creative vision and experience you can expect unique results that will set you or your company apart from the crowd. We have the capability to take on the highest and lowest scale project, from advertising campaigns to photographers that are looking for a cutting edge or a new look and originality to their images. Whatever the task, you can be assure of dedication and an efficient process on your project, keeping deadlines to a minimum. Taking advantage of  FTP file transfers means that you can keep up to date with your project, saving days or weeks of time on a project. We have a fully controlled workspace using the best equipment to give our artists the  tools they need to create perfection.