Photoshop: Grid is drawing too thick when zoomed out

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The new grid in 21.1. Oh my God. I can't stand it. Whose idea was it to make the grid be a compulsory 2px thickness?

It looks actually very nice in zoomed-in mode:




But it's just horrible when you zoom out. What used to be a feather-thin lattice of lines has become a solid 2px-thick mess that overwhelms everything else. When you use use lots of artboards like me (and therefore need to frequently navigate around in zoomed-out mode) it becomes quite problematic. 

Here's the same portion of a document with the new grid and without. Even though it's zoomed out, you can clearly make out the content of it when there's no grid. But once you show the new grid, you can barely see anything but the thick gridlines. Some of the smaller shapes that are easily visible on the left are now hard to make out, as are the translucent ones; the text is much harder to read too. Plus the whole thing is just straining on your eyes.

The old grid didn't have these problems. Dammit, Adobe, this reminds me of the shift+transform debacle. Why fix things that aren't broken, when there are already plenty of things that are broken but remain unfixed year after year? These updates are exasperating sometimes.  




I can't find any setting anywhere to revert to a more sensible 1-px grid, but I'm just really really hoping that I've missed it somehow. If not, please, for the love of God, let us choose a 1px version in the settings!
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and here's the same portion with the old grid (reverted to previous PS version just now). As you can see, it's much more civilised:


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I don't think this is intentional. I will log an issue for engineering.
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I just reinstalled 21.2 in case something had gone wrong with the first install. Unfortunately, the slowdown and the thick grid is still there. I'd estimate that dragging a canvas (with some 40+ smallish artboards on it) is about:

~5 times slower on 21.2 than 21.1.3. when the grid is off.
~10 times slower on 21.2 than 21.1.3 when the grid is on.

That's not hyperbole by the way, those are my best estimates based on feel, when trying it in 21.1.3, then trying it a few minutes later on 21.2.
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Thanks. Will add those notes for engineering
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Jeff, i can confirm both the size and slowness issues on Win10.
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I've since reverted back to 20.0.9. 

Wow. It's so much faster! If 21.1.3 was ~5 times faster than 21.2, then 20.0.9 is ~5 times faster still (so ~25 times faster than 21.2). Turning the grid on/off makes no discernible difference - it's lightning fast either way. I'd forgotten Photoshop was ever this fast!

Of course, the irony is that many of the changes between 20.0.9 and 21.2 included alleged "performance improvements". Mind boggling.

After being a vocal proponent of the subscription model since day 1, I'm now having decidedly second thoughts. Who knows when or if Adobe will fix these problems, so for the foreseeable future I'll be using the 1+ year-old 20.0.9 while continuing to pay monthly for a 'service' I don't use, as it seems to break more than it fixes.
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The performance regression here is genuinely unbelievable — sometimes it takes up to a minute for the grid to appear on my 2018 MacBook Pro, and moving the canvas becomes completely unresponsive. Please please please fix this ASAP Adobe, and work on your quality control.
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I'm going to bump this. Two grid-related issues that I'm experiencing:

1. If the grid or guides are turned on, performance is terrible. Very slow, laggy, jagged screen panning, etc. The first time I experienced this I thought that Photoshop was going to crash. For reference, my specs are: Windows 10; AMD 1800x; 1070 GTX; 32 GB RAM; Samsung M.2 SSD

2. The grid and guides look terrible. Both are blurry and their colors are not as vibrant/high contrast. I have cyan guides, for example, and they look washed out and blurry now. The zoomed-out view of the grid as David Bleja demonstrated looks awful, not crisp at all. We should have a way of reverting back to the more solid grid prior to this latest update.
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Glad I'm not the only one! The performance is astronomically bad. For example:

Dragging a guide from the ruler to the canvas took 12 seconds in total, between the time I started and the time the cursor finally returned to its normal state. 

Just moving the rectangle marquee around is very laggy too. 

Photoshop is basically unusable at the moment for me. There's something very abnormal going on with this update.
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Yes, new version is terrible - crazy grid and nightmare perfomance on my PC (Win10; i7; 16G; GTX1650) Rollback to version 21.1.3
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Try 16.6 % Zoom View.....Totally unusable.

Gridline every 1 inch with 4 Subdivisions 5616 x 3744 with 300 ppi setting


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