Photoshop: Feature Request: Artboard Isolation

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Issue
Artboards use up huge amounts of PCU and RAM when a document has multiple artboards in it.

Zooming in / out of artboards also doesn't 'zoom to fit' and so means there is often lots of blank workspace or other artboards that you're not currently working on in view, taking up valuable screen space.

'Resize windows to fit' works for the full workspace area of all artboards instead of just the artboard in focus. (holding alt and zoom - zooms in / out from the center, however it leaves you with unnecessary wasted screen space)

Proposed Solution
Being able to isolate a single artboard - similar to isolation 'editing' in AI, or like double clicking and entering a SmartObject layer in PS - would allow for a single artboard to be in focus at once and 'resize windows to fit' would still work around the isolated - in focus - artboard.

Isolating an artboard would allow for all other artboards to be swiflty hidden
It would save RAM and CPU usage as the IDE wouldn't need to render unused artboards.

Until this or something like this proposed feature provides this type of functionality, I don't think I could ever use artboards. They are truly awful to work with IMO :(



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Mark Traynor

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Warren Heaton

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I think this is a great idea, but I don't think we'll ever see it happen in the way you're envisioning.  Adding an Artboard to Photoshop is effectively increasing the Canvas Size.  So, a PSD with five Artboards is really just one large Canvas with dimensions wide enough and tall enough to accommodate all of the Artboards.
I tend to still work old-school and use multiple documents, leveraging then Tile options under the View pulldown menu.
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Hi Warren, thanks for the thumbs up...

I, like you, work old school.

However I often  (too often) recieve Psd's (Sorry PSBs cos the filesizes are SO BIG) from colleagues, where they are looking to output the same design at multiple different image sizes.

So they just create these canavs sizes as artboards in a single file. Meaning they don't have multiple psd's as files, and instead have a single HUGE PSB with all file sizes in it.

I mean I get it, the workflow. I would love it to work better, be more fluid, but the load times,  refresh rates are excessive. Drain on the RAM and CPU is huge compared to if I loaded all the output sizes as singular PSDs.

It makes the file impossible to work with and navigating it becomes extremely frustrating, and time consuming.

...fingers crossed they can implement something to improve it