Using Photoshop artboards considerably slows down free transform

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I'm working on a web design in Photoshop and I've been using few artboards and many layer comps to organize my content.

I've been noticing that Free Transform would lag considerably even for the most basic shapes (say a 20px ellipse with one fill color). I've fiddled around a bit and it turns out that if I delete the artboards, then suddenly the Free Transform tool works fluently again, with the exact same document.

There also seem to be two different modes with the Free Transform tool. Sometimes it live-previews the transformation while I'm dragging, sometimes it does only preview the outlines of the objects while transforming. I haven't been able to figure out what exactly caused Photoshop to use one mode or the other. The lagging only happens when Photoshop tries to live-preview the shape while transforming.

It seems to me that using Artboards, even if it is only one single Artboard, has significant negative impact on performance.
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Alexander Rechsteiner

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