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6.4K Points

Wed, Oct 18, 2017 6:30 PM

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Photoshop CC 2018: Healing and Spot Healing Brush Lag

In most recent 2018 update, healing and spot healing brush have become much less responsive, sometimes taking multiple seconds after completion of stroke to affect the image.

Late 2016 Macbook, up to date OS and Software

I've done the regular things like turning off OpenCL and changing other performance options... no change.
GIF framerate is sped up 2x 

 

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4 Messages

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112 Points

3 years ago

Same thing with me, thought it was just me going crazy but the healing brush is lagging so far behind it's hard to work at all. 

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

Have you tried turning smoothing off?

4 Messages

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112 Points

I have, does not matter

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

Have you tried bringing the slider to 0 and turning it off in the brush panel?

Champion

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1.6K Messages

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28.4K Points

Are you using the legacy healing tool or the one which has Diffusion options?

41 Messages

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964 Points

Have you checked that your power is on? Just kidding. Same issue. couldn't even contineu working. I just reinstalled 2017 along side 2018 for now. 

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154 Points

3 years ago

Still have a problem on my Win10 PC (last update,16GB RAM), even when a smoothing is off. I have to restart PS, then everything goes fine for a hour or so.....then horrible healing brush lag appears again.... :( 
Everything worked fine in PS 2017 

8 Messages

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154 Points

even when I turn brush smoothing off, and restart PS or whole system, lag is present after cca 1hour of work again :/ 

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

Did you turn smoothing down to 0%? I didn't turn "off" smoothing, I just dragged the slider to zero in the tool bar and everything is working properly now

1 Message

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60 Points

3 years ago

Same Issue here with the healing brushes (Windows10, 16GB RAM, i7). Using spot healing brush it lags over 5 spots behind. It looks like it is working better for a short period of time after restarting Photoshop. The memory usage is going fast past the 6.5GB with only one 36MP file on 16 bits and only one empty layer for healing ( file size on the lower left is about 250MB.

1 Message

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62 Points

3 years ago

Just to add to this.  Also having this lag problem BUT only with the legacy healing brush enabled.  Without legacy its working just fine, however I dont like working with that brush.

i7-7700k, 64gb, PC

6 Messages

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150 Points

3 years ago

Having same issue with my iMac and  2017 Mac Book Pro. Healing brush is useless.. 

17 Messages

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354 Points

3 years ago

In addition to the lag, I'm getting the line between points as well. Anyone else seeing this? I've seen another thread on this but it should be mentioned here as well. So far, trashing my preferences seems to have fixed the lag, but what a hassle...

6 Messages

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244 Points

The line is easy to remove. Go Preferences > Cursors > then uncheck Show Brush Leash Wile Smoothing.

FYI I had to call about this too as it was making me bananas, I couldn't clearly see the skin I was dodging with that trailing hot pink line.

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80 Points

3 years ago

I have this annoying healing brush lag too. Hope Adobe will fix it soon, it is real trouble now especially when editing large files with smart objects.

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100 Points

3 years ago

Same problem and none of the fixes suggested help. Have smoothing at zero, etc. I either need to reinstall 2017 (not an option on the CC menu) or Adobe needs to fix this ASAP. I have a major, zero delays tolerated project series in one week. Right now, the delays are so bad that effecively, the tools don't exist for me.


There is a work around for those who are desperate (like me). Use split frequency with the clone stamp on the high layer (I am not having issues with the clone stamp). But it is very annoying to have to use this and bloat the file for images that would be fixed just as well with a few healing brush clicks.

6 Messages

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244 Points

3 years ago

I've been working with this stupid lag issue all weekend as I have major retouching deadlines,

I've learned that resetting tool preferences as suggested by the Adobe Tech Support is a waste of time. You just have to RESTART Photoshop. Don't lose your settings anymore just restart.

The best thing to do is use the healing brush first on anything and everything you need it for. Once you switch through a few other tools it will develop the lag. The only way to fix this is to save your work and restart photoshop. 

I think we should all go Tweet about it, it's the fastest way to get a response from Adobe, I know from past experience...

Tweet your brush lag complaints @AdobeCare and they will respond - quickly.

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

Have you tried the smoothing solve above?

Champion

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1.6K Messages

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28.4K Points

if you're on deadline and the lag is interfering that much, why not use CC2017 until they fix??

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244 Points

Good point, I just didn't. I just needed to keep going and a few restarts here and there were manageable for the time, but not forever. Hopefully Adobe corrects this quickly.

Employee

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229 Messages

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6K Points

3 years ago

For those still seeing the issue, please go to the Brush Settings panel and disable Brush Smoothing (uncheck the box).  Then quit and restart PS.  Does the problem still occur after re-launching?

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35K Points

If you note the other thread about brush smoothing, a poster uncovered that brush Smoothing doesn't hold through a relaunch. So that cannot work. The second you use another tool, the lag will start to return because in the Brush Settings panel, Smoothing is once again enabled. It ignores the LOCK icon.

I've only had success when turning off Smoothing and sticking to that session. Then it stays off.

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

I don't have to uncheck smoothing, I just have to turn it down to zero (in the top panel), and it stays that way between relaunches.

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Yeah, that thread got buried quickly.
PS 2018: Smoothing keeps getting re-enabled despite being disabled and locked in Brush & Tool Presets.

By the way, fresh install of CC on a fresh install of the OS.

4 Messages

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112 Points

Isn't that a bit too much trouble to ask?

291 Messages

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6.4K Points

Bragi,
We found a temporary solution and they are working on patching it.... I'm not sure how they didn't catch this one, but bugs happen. You don't have to use the solution if you don't want.

4 Messages

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112 Points

That is good news :)

291 Messages

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3 years ago

Hey guys,

Discovered another brush performance hit in the new 2018 that you may want to test out if you're having these issues, brush "resizing " is much more laggy and smoothing settings do not affect this. I've created a new post for this at the link below, it would be helpful to get some me-too's on it:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/brush-resizing-lag-in-new-2018-update?rfm=1&a...

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262 Points

3 years ago

Terrible bug for the 19th Photoshop release. You should do some proper beta testing before you release a new major version Adobe... Anyways, disable smoothing completely with the checkmark from the 'Brush Settings' panel works for me, although sometimes it enables itself again after restart. Using the patch tool is the best alternative for me as I use the stamp tool with a low opacity for other purposes.

If you do very intensive retouching, like me, just revert your Photoshop to v18. Install it from the CC app. There are not to many new useful features anyway  besides the smoothing, which is buggy.

Adobe Administrator

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747 Messages

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16.5K Points

At present, smoothing must be disabled at the start of each new Photoshop session. We are aware of the problem and our engineers are looking into it.

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530 Points

3 years ago

I've been seeing this also.  PS 2018 is full of bugs and is unusable.  In addition to this problem, I've been seeing severe issues with rendering Masks depending on the level of zoom.  The ALT key is broken and this means any and all shortcuts that rely on it are useless.  I couldn't revert back to PS 2017 fast enough.  

49 Messages

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752 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC2018 broke the Spot Healing brush..

The spot healing brush is VERY slow in PS CC2018.
The patch tool is also sluggish.

These are both instant on CC2017

Using an iMac 2017 with 64GB ram. issues on large and small files.

Adobe Administrator

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747 Messages

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16.5K Points

3 years ago

Once the fix is ready to test we would like to invite those who are interested in helping us verify the fix to join our pre-release program.  If you would like to participate, please contact me directly at:



Thanks!
Hannah Nicollet