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08-03-2007 09:18 PM  13 years ago
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Sig Dawg

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Photoshop Elements 5 Ram issues
Hi All,

I am trying to stitch multiple images together, each image is about 4.5 MB, and I keep getting an error message that my computer doesn't have enought Ram (I have 2GB). I can stitch 4 pics together, but anything more I get the error. I tried adjusting the scratch disks per the help recommendation, but I still have issues.

Any suggestions besides buying more RAM.

Thanks.
Jason
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08-03-2007 09:26 PM  13 years ago
rerazor

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PTGui for stitching is very easy and works great.
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08-04-2007 12:13 AM  13 years ago
wwellman

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You're wasteing your time trying to stitch a pano with Photoshop. Rerazor is correct when he said use PTGui to stitch the pictures. It's a piece of cake and saves alot of time and frustration.
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08-04-2007 12:40 AM  13 years ago
wesb1999

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Jason - Assuming your running Windows XP the next time you get that error look at the task manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Delete) and see how much memory is in use (performance tab - bottom-right). I bet the error is not entirely correct and your active memory isn't over 50% utilized.

While in task manager you can try shutting down some of the other processes that really aren't needed. Also you might try even shutting down any antivirus or antispyware apps just as a test and see if it makes a difference.

Another area to try verifying (and adjusting if needed) the page file size. To check this right-click the My Computer icon then choose Properties. Next click the Advanced tab then Settings in the Performance area (top). Now click the Advanced tab then click the Change button. Now... finally... you will see the Virtual Memory dialog box.Check and see if your paging file is "System managed size" or "Custom size" in the center of the box. If it is "System managed" you might try switching it to "Custom size" and setting the initial size equal to your ram memory (about 2048) and the max size double that. This trick may help - maybe not - but it could be used to troubleshoot.

Hope this helps...
Wes
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08-04-2007 06:33 AM  13 years ago
BigguyOz

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Wes has given detailed info on how to see how much memory you are trying to use, but rerazor and Doom are on the money. Rather than attempting to fight your computer by dealing with the symptoms, the bottom line is that you should use the right tool for the job, which is PTGui.

The very first time I tried a (ground) pano (32+ images) on my PC (with only 1Gb of RAM), PTGui politely suggested increasing my swap file, to over 700Mb! But it swallowed the workload, and produced a terrific jpg pano of 78Mb size, which I then converted to a Quicktime VR file with Pano2QVTR. I have (hopefully) attached a small version of the pano, which was just done hand-held...

Tony Stott
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08-04-2007 01:08 PM  13 years ago
wesb1999

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I tend to agree on using PTGui to create the pano. It's what I use. Use Photoshop (full or elements) tomake any corrections to each individual image first THEN utilize PTGui for the stitching. The new version of PTGui can even create a QTVR .mov file as a final product! It's a wonderful software.

BUT.. it's more money to spend (although not too much) and Jason wasn't asking "what software do I use" - he asked for help with his computer. I think these guys are right, though, about using PTGui for the task. Either way, Jason, you'll need more available memory to accomplish your goals so adjusting the page file is an improvement.
Wes
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08-04-2007 03:21 PM  13 years ago
Flingwing Pilot

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Where does one obtain PTgui? Thanks but I have found it on the web.
No need for an answer.
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08-05-2007 12:23 AM  13 years ago
Sig Dawg

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Thanks for the input.

Wes, I have tried the task manager, and the memory use gets up to 800 MB, so I tried turning other apps off, and I still get the error message. I'll try the Page file size next.

I downloaded a trial of PTgui to see how it works.

Thanks
Jason
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