23 Replies Latest reply on Feb 5, 2013 5:58 AM by Noel Carboni

    PSCS6 - Slow Saves??

    Lou Dina Level 3

      I have CS6 loaded on a Mac (OSX 10.6.8), 16 GB RAM, SSD, tons of disk space, etc. I find performance to be excellent, and faster than previous versions of PS.....except when saving files.


      Saving multi-layered PSD or TIF files takes a LONG time compared to earlier versions of PS on the same computer. These are 8-bit, half a dozen layers, includes a few alpha channels, but nothing humongous. Original files are from a Canon 5Dmk2. For example, I saved a four-layer TIF, with one alpha channel, and it took 25 seconds to save. The final sized file size was only 27MB. In previous versions of PS, this saved in a few seconds at most. Layered TIF seem to take longer than PSD files. Below are my File Handling Preferences for PSCS6.

      Screen shot 2012-05-20 at 11.00.06 AM.png

      Any thoughts, suggestions, comments?



        • 1. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
          Level 5



          Because—in my experience—TIFFs take forever to open and save on all my machines, I abandoned the format several years ago.


          PSDs and PSBs save amazingly fast in CS6, but perhaps my amazement comes from the fact that this version of Photoshop (CS6) is the first one I've ever run on a MacIntel under Snow Leopard. 

          • 2. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
            Noel Carboni Level 8

            I believe the Adobe folks have said that because so much more complexity is involved to make the Save operation capable of running in the background safely while you continue to work on the file, it may be somewhat slower than it has been in the past.


            Have you tried unchecking the [  ] Save In Background setting to see if it speeds things up?



            • 3. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
              Level 5

              Two additional differences are that I don't generate and save Windows thumbnails, nor do I have Save in Background checked.

              • 4. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                Level 5

                Noel posted while I was typing.  I see he also mentions Saving in Background.

                • 5. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                  Lou Dina Level 3

                  Thank you for all the comments and suggestions. Generally, I save multi-layered documents with alpha channels as PSDs and will continue doing so. You folks are correct....saving PSDs is MUCH faster, but a long shot. When I do save a TIF, I try to stick to the original TIF definition (flat images, no alpha channels, etc, so it remains compatible with other programs). I just happened to have a few TIF files and added a few layers and alpha channels to try out CS6, and it took 25 seconds to save! Yikes.


                  I tried turning off Save in Background and Windows thumbnails and that didn't seem to help. But it is good to know that TIFs save slow, at least mult-layered ones with alpha channels. I'll stick with PSD and only use TIF when somebody asks for it.


                  Thank you folks!!

                  • 6. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                    cidrmakr2 Level 1

                    cs5 had a plug in (disallowflatecompression) that enabled fast saves of large files.  cs6 does not support that plug in.  Will that plug in be upgraded to work in cs6?  Or is the slow saves here to stay?

                    • 7. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                      Level 7

                      The plugin is not needed in CS6 - that functionality moved into preferences.

                      • 8. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                        Noel Carboni Level 8

                        I just tried creating a photo with 6 layers, 16 bits/channel, 1598 x 1337 pixels and an alpha channel.  File - Save As TIF completed too quickly to measure accurately - I'd guestimate maybe a quarter of a second.  The TIF file on disk is 55 megabytes.  I have a fast disk array, but a file of this size shouldn't even be much of a burden on the disk in a slow computer from 10 years ago.  I guess a proper follow-up question would be:  What options are you choosing when saving as TIFF?


                        Regarding cidrmakr2's question, perhaps it would be helpful to be more specific...  What kind of document are you saving?  What format - PSD?  What size is it in pixels and on disk once saved?  How long is "slow" by your definition?  From what I can see the time spent doing compression isn't too much...  I just saved a single layer 18432 x 12306 pixel x 16 bits/channel PSD with Maximize Compatibility: Always in 5 seconds.  Size on disk is 1.3 gigabytes.  My disk speed is ridiculous, but we're talking about compression here.



                        • 9. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??

                          Did anyone ever figure out the best way to speed up filehandling of Photoshop files with mutliple layers? It takes me 25+ seconds to save and open files that are less than 30mb in CS6.

                          • 10. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                            Noel Carboni Level 8

                            Try disabling the creation of Image Previews in the File Handling preferences.  I've heard someone else say that sped things up markedly with large files.  Who knows, it might help with small ones as well.  Also try changing Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility to Never (assuming you don't need to share files with folks with much older Photoshop versions or other apps that may not be able to understand layers).


                            It might help if you'd mention what system you have (Mac/PC, what OS version).



                            • 11. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                              webmastercorey Level 1

                              Hi Noel,

                              I've already disabled image previews. I've tried so many things, even turning off layer thumbs, toggled compression, changed the graphic settings to basic, made OSX performance changes... all to no avail. Compatability may have helped some. Still takes awhile to open documents. Would full compatability mode cause files to take longer to open?


                              I'm running Mac OS 10.8.2

                              • 12. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                Level 7

                                No, compatibilty doesn't affect time to open a file.


                                Unless you have 3000+ layers in that document, I'm not sure why it would be taking so long.


                                But if you can send the document to ccox (at) adobe [dot] com, I'll take a look and see what I can figure out..

                                • 13. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                  webmastercorey Level 1


                                  Unfortuantely, due to client confidentiality I would be unable to do that. I'll keep fiddling with some of the topics on the forum. It may end up being the way it was configured for our company users. The compability mode definitely helped with the slow save though.

                                  • 14. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                    cidrmakr2 Level 1

                                    I'm using the same os and my 35M raw files and multi layered files open very rapidly.  My settings in cs6 preferences:

                                    Uncheck:  auto update and also Allow extension panels to connect to the internet.  And uncheck Adobe Drive.


                                    Check: Disable compression of psd / psb files.


                                    Use graphic processor and in advanced set at normal.


                                    25 history states

                                    4 cache levels and cache size 1024


                                    My mem use set at 6485 - 89%

                                    I use auto save every 10 minutes, save previews as icon


                                    Also, the machine would hang sometimes and it was the AdobResourceSynchronizer.app doing something.  In finder click Adobe Reader app, then right click and show package contents, in the contents folder go to the support folder where you will find that app.  Just rename it by adding a couple of A's to the front. Then it won't run.

                                    • 15. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                      Noel Carboni Level 8

                                      Chris Cox wrote:


                                      No, compatibilty doesn't affect time to open a file.


                                      I know what you were thinking when you wrote that, but there actually IS a way compatibility could affect open times indirectly... 


                                      If the compatibility setting was on when SAVING the file, since an additional composite layer is saved in the file, it's larger.  If something is bottlenecking the I/O process it could well be a difference that's felt in opening that larger file.



                                      • 16. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                        Level 7

                                        If we're not reading the composite, we just skip over it and never read that data.

                                        • 17. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                          Noel Carboni Level 8

                                          I wonder, though, with OS file system caching systems being what they are whether the whole file may get read into RAM anyway, taking both more disk time and RAM space than a file saved without the composite.


                                          Now you've got my wheels turning...  I'm thinking how to devise a test to check to see how much data is actually read from the disk with or without the composite in place.



                                          • 18. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                            Noel Carboni Level 8

                                            Okay, here are some controlled test results:


                                            I saved a large (600 megapixel), multi-layer (40ish layers) file with all combinations of compatibility and compression.  Here are the timing results and file sizes:


                                            Compatibility Always, Compression Enabled:  180 seconds, file size 1,187,588 KB

                                            Compatibility Never,   Compression Enabled:  111 seconds, file size    813,191 KB

                                            Compatibility Always, Compression Disabled:   37 seconds, file size 6,062,369 KB

                                            Compatibility Never,   Compression Disabled:   10 seconds, file size 3,254,357 KB


                                            For each of the following tests I rebooted the Windows 7 test system to ensure nothing was cached and opened one of the files saved above into Photoshop CS6.  Times are repeatable to within 1 second.


                                            Compatibility Always, Compression Enabled:   33 seconds

                                            Compatibility Never, Compression Enabled:     23 seconds

                                            Compatibility Always, Compression Disabled:  16 seconds

                                            Compatibility Never, Compression Disabled:    10 seconds


                                            The differences between the compatibility Always/Never timings in the second section seem to confirm that when compression is disabled, having the composite or not having the composite in the file does make a pretty significant difference in timing (something like 60% longer to open).



                                            • 19. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                              webmastercorey Level 1

                                              These are the compatibility modes applied to the file not just the settings in Photoshop, right?


                                              BTW, I ran a day of running Compatibility Never and Compression disabled on all documents, and I saw a significant increase in open/save times as you are reporitng. Aftering saving, it seems like opening of those documents is much faster, even from a cold start.

                                              • 20. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                                Noel Carboni Level 8

                                                For fun I repeated the test reading the same files with Windows 8 and a system equipped identically to the above.  Not surprisingly, the timings were the same.


                                                Compatibility Always, Compression Enabled:  33 seconds

                                                Compatibility Never, Compression Enabled:    23 seconds

                                                Compatibility Always, Compression Disabled: 16 seconds

                                                Compatibility Never, Compression Disabled:   10 seconds



                                                • 21. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                                  Noel Carboni Level 8

                                                  The only differences were settings in Photoshop, made through the Edit - Preferences - File Handling dialog.  I did not change settings for the opens, just the saves.


                                                  When you say you saw a "significant increase in open/save times", did you mean to say reduction in times (increase in speeds)?



                                                  • 22. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                                    webmastercorey Level 1

                                                    Yes, sorry. It's morning.


                                                    *I saw a significant increase in the speed at which files opened and saved.

                                                    • 23. Re: PSCS6 - Slow Saves??
                                                      Noel Carboni Level 8

                                                      It's not surprising that there is a SIGNIFICANT reduction in time to save a file when compression is disabled, as that's a compute-intensive job that's also nearly impossible to multi-thread, so the operation on a modern machine is reduced to the speed of a single one of its (possibly many) cores.  We see that the file-read time is not so much longer, because decompression is largely a matter of table lookup.


                                                      But the surprising thing is that even though Photoshop (per Chris) isn't reading the flattened composite from the file, because it's in the front of the file apparently the system reads through it to get to the rest of the file anyway, which does cost time.  In my case, for the above tests, I have a massively powerful SSD array.  Reading through the extra 3 GB of data here takes my system only a few seconds.  Imagining a standard single hard drive that can sustain 100 MB/sec, an extra 3 GB of data that had to be read would delay the "Compatibility Always" reads for an extra half a minute!