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2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra: Real World Photoshop: Make Multi-Res Image Series

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2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra

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 M1/M2 Macs disappoint, 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 that happen hundreds of times as the script runs.

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 M1 Max and M2 Ultra platforms, and it was equally poor a year prior.

*** See test notes discussing 2019 Mac Pro and 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max results.

2023 Mac Pro: Create multiple resolution aperture series (126 output images of varying sizes)
2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra
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