How to Fix Photoshop CS5 Mac from Crashing


Ever since having installed Photoshop CS5 on my iMac running Snow Leopard 10.6.4, I have been super frustrated because of its constant crashes which have made the software virtually unusable. While CS5 works fine on my MacBook Pro, every time I would try and use the Type Tool on my iMac, the whole application would freeze and crash. For months, I have I scoured Adobe’s site and the internet for fixes and have end up trying just about everything – including the suggestions on Adobe’s support web site. I ran scripts, disabled OpenGL, deleted the font cache, and I also updated my graphics card’s firmware. But Photoshop CS5 was still crashing!

Well I have finally figured out how to resolve the problem – at-least on my computer. Hopefully this will help someone out there who is experiencing a similar problem.

Follow these steps:
1. Open Font Book
2. Select all of the fonts in your library by hitting command + A
3. Go to File / Validate Fonts
4. Let the Font Validation run through until the end. When this has completed, remove all of the files marked Red
5. Go back to the main window. Notice that there may be some (or many) fonts marked Yellow with an exclamation point. Click on these fonts. If they say “Multiple copies of this font are installed.” Then right click on the font and click on “Resolve Duplicates” Repeat this step for all of the fonts marked yellow.

That’s it! This should resolve Photoshop CS5’s crashes on using the Type Tool.