Photoshop: PSD files with type layers usually open slowly

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PSD files with type layers often take MUCH longer to open than other PSD or JPEG files.

I work for an auto parts company and we have many part photos with type layers. I'm finding that PSD files with type usually take much longer to open than files without type, even if they are smaller. Building previews in Bridge is slow as well.

As an example, I tested several 1600x1600px PSD files with 3 to 6 type layers and 2 bitmap layers, sRGB, 8-bit, about 3-5 MB each. They take around 30 seconds to open when double-clicked in Bridge, with Photoshop already running. Type is all in Calibri.

A 700MB PSD file with no type layers, 11 bitmap layers, 8000x6400px, 16-bit AdobeRGB, same internal hard drive, took 8 seconds to open from Bridge. 1600px PSD files without type layers take a second to open.

However, once I have opened several files with type layers, sometimes others will open quickly (but not always.) Is this an issue with font caching in CC? Is there any fix?

This is pretty typical and has been this way since I started working here in 2014. Performance on this computer is generally good except for these specific PSD files.

HP EliteOne 800, 16GB RAM, quad-core i7, Windows 7 Professional, latest Photoshop and Bridge CC, GPU acceleration disabled.
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David Converse

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Michael Madsen

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have you tried this : 
Preferences -> File handling 
make sure "Disable Compression of PSD and PSB Files" is checked ON
open a file - re-save - open 
see how much difference it makes 

-regards
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Howdy David,

Actually it does sound like font enumeration might be part of the issue, if things are faster when you open a file with type and there's already one open.  This is a limitation of the fonts you're using, particularly the number of them and their quality.  In my experience, fonts you can get for free are the crappiest ones around and cause all sorts of other performance problems.  Having more than a couple hundred fonts on your machine is definitely an issue -- that's a huge load which you're not using.  By analogy, you wouldn't tow your boat with a sports car, because that's too heavy a load.  Same thing here.

Oh, one last thing.  Which text composer are you using?  The Middle Eastern and South Asian one has (generally) wider capabilities, but as a consequence, it's about half as fast.

Hope that helps.  If you've got other issues, please let me know.

Thanks,
David
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I have not tried changing compression settings.

Calibri is a Microsoft system font and AFAIK is not corrupted. I have only Windows default and Adobe CC fonts, and nothing installed from TypeKit. East Asian type engine and all type options enabled. Roman character set (no alternate Unicode or non-Roman text.)

Its actually rare that any PSD with type opens quickly. I'm editing about 150 PSD files today (tried one at a time and five at a time) and every one of them is taking 30 seconds to open. Again, roughly 4MB files on disk, document size approx 7MB/11MB, 1600x1600px. This computer easily handles 9000px files, several hundred MB on disk.

I've been using Photoshop since v2.5 and I've never seen type layers cause this problem.
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Howdy David,

Have you tried checking your font caches for corruption?  You can find the steps here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/troubleshoot-fonts-photoshop-cs5.html

Thanks,
David
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Disabling file compression makes no difference.

One quirk that may be relevant- the problem files (a few thousand) had type layers added via Data Driven graphics. I had a folder full of JPEG files and a spreadsheet full of part numbers. New files that I create open just fine.
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It sounds like the Data Driven graphics (sorry, I've no idea what this is) might be the culprit.  If you only encounter the problem with files created via this method, you should contact the manufacturer of that app about the problem.

Sorry,
David
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Data driven graphics is a feature of Photoshop. So here I am.
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Is it possible that the text layers are still connected to the data set variables and are being re-generated each time you open the file?

I haven't used that feature before but if each PSD you make still has the dataset embedded, maybe see what happens if you remove it?
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Not sure. The files were created on a different computer and I've made numerous changes since they were new. I can check though, I suppose that opening a large dataset could make things very slow.

These are kits with Bill of Materials info on text layers, to identify each part. We have frequent BOM changes so I need to be able to edit the text and export a new JPEG for our production lines as a visual reference.
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And... looks like the data set might be the problem. All the PSD files have the data set still active.

So, Mr. David Official Rep... can you log this as a bug? I can't find any UI to remove a data set that is associated and this is a huge problem, I have thousands of PSD files that I have to continue using and manually changing frequently.
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Good sleuthing. I can try and reproduce the problem with my own set of images, but if you have a file or two that exhibit this behavior consistently, that might expedite our investigation. (You can share using dropbox or CC files)
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Ok yes I will get you a sample image. My initial data set was quite large- a couple thousand parts- so I have a lot of problem files.
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Sample file sent directly to your email, Jeff. Thank you for the help.