Photoshop: CS6 Slow compared to CS5.1 with large files

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PS CS6 has a lot of enhancements and great features. it launches very fast, and the control is very responsive and smooth.

although i am experiencing some speed issues with very large files. compared to CS5.1, where i don't have any of these issues.

the files are PSBs, 9000x8000px, 80+layers, RGB, 8bit

i have the same performance settings for both, cs6 and cs5
i am working on MAC PRO, 16GB ram, SSD scratch, 2TB raid, Radeon HD 5770, Snow Leopard.

the main issues i have are:

- no refresh when i move the curve on adjustment layer. the refresh comes after i let go.
- jagged pan
- extremely slow moving of layers and layer groups, even if they are with smaller dimensions (800x400pix)

again, working with files with less layers or smaller dimensions is very fast.

thanks for your help and support!
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laden m

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Posted 7 years ago

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Kevin Bush

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On my Mac Pro 10.8.2 with 16GB of RAM and the ATI Radeon HD 5870.....my performance on Photoshop CS6 is still awful. Even the interface is laggy in places.

-Kevin
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Chris Cox

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Have you read the previous responses to see what you can do about that, and help narrow down the cause?
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Kevin Bush

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Yes I have and generally most things helped.....some.....but overall performance compared to CS5 is really disappointing. Thumbnails definitely still an issue even after 13.0.1.

I was also hoping with Creative Cloud that Adobe would be pushing out performance updates and tweaks a lot quicker. We've only had 1 minor update to PS since it was released in May! I though this cloud thing was to allow for faster updates?

-Kevin
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Chris Cox

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OK, then something else is probably wrong on your system -- because other people are seeing the layer slowdowns mentioned here, and not much else.

The other slowdowns we've seen have been due to corrupt fonts, bugs in antivirus software, bugs in third party plugins, bugs in video drivers (primarily on Windows), and one guy with a bad hard drive.
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Try these steps to fix most issues: http://bit.ly/Troubleshoot_PS

I agree with Chris that it could be a corrupt font/font cache.
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Official Response
Fixed in CS6 13.0.1 or later.