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Why does Photoshop crash so often?

Asked by DominicX (28777points) August 8th, 2010

Alright, I am starting to get really sick of this. I’m running Photoshop CS4 on a MacBook Pro and Photoshop crashes literally every single time I use it. I’ve had this problem since day one, just never used Photoshop much, so I didn’t notice, but now it’s getting to really annoy me.

Additionally, I’ll press CTRL+Q to exit Photoshop and it will and then later I’ll get a notification that it “closed unexpectedly”.

Has anyone else had problems with Photoshop CS4 on a Mac?

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Vortico's avatar

Yes, I’ve long experienced this. This is one of many bugs, bad design elements, and instability issues of Adobe’s software.

Three or four months ago, I switched to Pixelmator. Many would call it a downgrade, but I couldn’t have been happier with the change. Though many techniques might take a few more clicks (but some less), I can do pretty much everything I did with Adobe Photoshop.

To solve your current problem, I’m not sure what to tell you. Just… don’t close it as often. ;)

Lightlyseared's avatar

Adobe don’t create good software. I mean you just have to look at the user interface…

Vortico's avatar

If only there was an Photoshop alternative made by Apple… OH WAIT, there’s Aperture!

jerv's avatar

@Vortico I prefer the open-source GIMP, but I am a PC person (both Linux and Windoze).

DominicX's avatar


Yeah, I’ve been thinking about Aperture. Don’t exactly have $200 to spend right now, but I might get it after school starts.

jerv's avatar

@DominicX Would this hold you over until you can scrape up the dough? I mean, it is free…

ragingloli's avatar

I do not know. That said, I run Photoshop CS5 on Windows and it has not crashed a single time since I installed it.

Vortico's avatar

@ragingloli Did you install it a few hours ago? Wait for it… oop, there it goes. :)

@DominicX Definitely Aperture or Pixelmator would be a great substitute for the (absurdly overpriced) Adobe suite.

sharpstick's avatar

Usually when Photoshop is having a problem it’s usually a memory problem. Photoshop has always been memory intensive. How many GB do you have in your MacBook?

DominicX's avatar


Yeah, luckily I actually didn’t pay that much for it. Less than $200 because I got a student discount and a non-upgradeable version (I was planning on getting the full CS5 suite. Not sure if I will, now).


I have 4 GB of RAM.

DeanV's avatar

@DominicX Get Pixelmator. Nicest, prettiest, and one of the most functional apps I have on my computer. That being said, what are you using Photoshop for? For editing and retouching of photos Pixelmator will be great, but for graphic design and drawing, you might want to stick with Photoshop.

Also, if you wait a little while a deal will probably come around on Pixelmator like ½ off or so. They seem to pop up about every month or so.

saraSKELLINGTON's avatar

Well, I have CS5, 2, 3 and 4 and well I can honestly say that Ive never had that happen to me. The best thing to do is to check how much RAM you have. You need over 4, since Photoshop is a HUGE program. I wish you the best of luck. But if you have low RAM, try just having only Photoshop open no other program, But my question to you is, when does this seem to happen? When you are bluring something, painting, cropping… etc. Or it could be that your program may have a defect in it. I hope this was some help. :)

smartsendy34's avatar

photoshop should learn from adobe’s other products like After Effects and Premiere.
They are also memory intensive and huge softwares, and then even them they rarely crash….

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