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2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max: Real World Photoshop: Make Multi-Res Image Series

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MPG tested the Apple 16.2" MacBook Pro with M2 Max Chip Z1740017Z, maxed-out excepting 4TB SSD.

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2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max

About

This test is as real world as it gets, one that I (Lloyd) do frequently for generating lens rendering aperture series, such as for this lens comparison. It is a time-consuming and work-stopping task, so performance gains are very welcome. It is a workflow that might have limited significance for the workflow of others. Still, if workflow is scripted in Photoshop, it likely applies.

This javascript-driven automation script generates series of images which in part does not lend itself to multiple CPU cores. However, the task is mostly about Image sizing, Smart Sharpen, and saving a JPEG.

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Results

The 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max disappoints, and the reason is not clear. It appears to relate to a poor scripting (javascript) implemention in Photoshop, possibly involving some pathological security checks by macOS.

The M1 Max takes 22% longer than the M2 Max.

This being my (Lloyd’s) single most important task in Photoshop, the one that slows my work the most, it’s a bummer for the M2 Max platform, and it was equally poor a year prior.

Create multiple resolution aperture series (126 output images of varying sizes)
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2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max
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