I'm having the same issues. Same spec machine. Photoshop CC.
The slowdown and lags are driving me crazy. I got better performance from my 7 year old iMac.
The MacBook is pretty much out-of-the-box. Hardly any other installs apart from a suite of CC apps.
Glad to know I'm not the only one. Any tips to improve performance gratefully received!
Most likely it is the video card/driver. If you have same setup looks like an onboard Intel Iris. Do not know anything about this chip. Discrete cards are far superior generally.
Thanks for your response. It's frustrating because I invested a lot of money into a system I thought would be more than adequate for print and web design work. I've run photoshop on non-pro macbooks over the years and not experienced this kind of slowdown. It's the highest spec machine I can afford bit it seems it's not enough for the demands of Photoshop CC?
Other apps seem to fly on this machine. Photoshop chugs. I guess I'll just struggle on until either Adobe or Apple come up with a solution.
Is there an effective way to raise this issue with Adobe devlopers? Or am I doing it? (newbie question - i know!)
Starting with CS6 Adobe put a lot more reliance into doing things with the GPU. I have heard that Apple is kind of a one shot unit, but is there a way to add a discrete video card.
Don't think there will be a solution to this problem as Adobe is moving to heavier use of GPU and Apple is moving to simplier OS.
If you have CS5 try it and see if it moves faster.
Thanks for the follow up Christina. This is indeed bizarre issue, because I have over 5 years older PCs and the same latest Photoshop CC in them (Windows version though) and no lag whatsoever. The latest Macbook Pro is a brand new and it's just insane, there should not be ANY question about the power sufficiency. My first thought was that it has to be something with the video driver/card, new processor or retina screen compatibility with new Photoshop CC - not tested properly, maybe?
It should be rather easy to troubleshoot this with the dev team, because this specific lag occurs only when for example moving large elements or layers/layer groups around and so far it's only on Photoshop. Illustrator and others seem to work just fine.
Any news about this issue? It's still bugging us in the Office. I once again have to point out that working with latest Adobe Photoshop CC on Windows on over 5 years old PC works just fine.
Hi, I bought the latest Mac Book Pro retina 15" (the most powerful available) and I had got the same problems: layer lagging.
I found the bug (for me): Photoshop move layer slowly and lagging layer folders. I tried moving the same objects selecting every layer (not subfolders) inside the folder and they move quickly!
So... is the bug in photoshop layer folders?
I am getting this same issue - with a late 2013 15in with the top spec graphics chip and CPU.
I tend to run on the highest display setting (1920x1080).
I only get this lag when i am using the machine as a laptop. (Mind you I don't allow for graphics switching so i am always using the most powerful GPU)
I however i don't get this when i am driving an external screen (3 in fact) 30inc Apple display, 27in thunderbolt display and one little samsung with the laptop in clamshell mode.
I am guessing that the issue is related to CC when used with a retina display.
Any solutions??? Same problem with my Nvidia GTX980..
i cant believe this problem is still happening. same exact issue here. photoshop cs6 and CC run like **** on my macbook but run smooth on windows 7 on the same exact hardware, macbook pro 2.5ghz core i5, 16gb ram and intel hd 4000. ive talked with applecare about this, adobe support (who hasn't called me back twice now) and no response on how to fix this. its absolutely ridiculous that we are having to go through this much trouble to get this problem fixed. ive brought it up over 5 times now and no solution except for the usual suggestions (turn off hardware acceleration, delete your preferences, yada yada). same hardware, mac osx photoshop cc lags, windows photoshop runs fine.. something is wrong with the mac version of photoshop cs6 and CC adobe please fix this as soon as possible.
I have W8.1 and same problem.. Its not only Mac version of PS..
Same problem here. Photoshop CC lags constantly in my 16gig new Mac Book pro than the PS5 version in my 8gig iMac. Please let me know if there is any solution. Im thinking of moving back the PS5 versión in my Mac Book to see if it works better.
i already tried going back to the trial version of CS5 and it had the same problem. not sure whats going on with it. the last version of OSX i tried before yosemite/mavericks was lion and i dont remember having these problems. maybe the video drivers got screwed up in mavericks or mountain lion and was never fixed even in the release of yosemite. i dont know if this is the correct term but i think its called "redraw" where when you drag layer content around, or if you use the hand tool and move around the window, its choppy and not smooth. its like it moves in little fragments versus a smooth gradient.
still having the same issue, have contacted adobe support multiple times about it and no fix, im considering using other programs instead from now on
Hi I have the same problem with my AMD R9 m320x Macbook pro 15 inc (2015)
Same extremely sloppy response problem here:
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
3,5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
Illustrator working fine but making Photoshop almost unusable!
rMBP 2015 13" Base model + 16 GB RAM
Lightroom for me is fine but Photoshop, Muse, AE, Illustrator all have the same lag problem. Not sure if this is associated with the 6100 card or not. Finder icon scroll also lags too.
When I drag to pick color, lag.
My old PC works like a charm. Albeit the CC 2014.
Umm.... that's a little ridiculous. #facepalm. Do you have any sources to back any this up?
The reality of the situation is that Adobe is moving to do more GPU stuff because the underline OS is allowing them to do so. E.g. Windows graphics compositing engine or OS X CoreGraphics/Metal. Both Operating systems have and will continue to expand on their heavy GPU API offerings. This has nothing to do with the operating system and everything to do with whatever shoddy code is being produced by Adobe these days. Remember this problem was non-existent in Photoshop before CC 2015. I think it is safe to say that someone introduced a regression error somewhere.
this bug actually started happening on windows too when they put in artboards for cc2015. they fixed the bug on windows but they haven't touched it on mac. i dont understand why
Hi HardShock, I already ordered this MacBook with hope to never experience this lag problems again ...
I'm sorry to say that but don't expect this to be solved quickly.
I have a 15" Macbook Pro with 2.3Ghz core i7 and Nvidia GT 750.
Adobe collection is laggy, hard to work with, it's been 2 years now it hasn't been solved.
I stopped drawing because of that.
I'm a designer and I have to work with fast tools so I switched and now i'm prototyping with Sketch. Sometimes I come back to PS and ID to see if something has evolved but... nothing has been fixed so far.
Seems that adobe is to big now to listen to customers problems. (I work with it since v5)
Reading through the replies. The most obvious issue is that PS is swapping memory on the local drive. Not ram, but the same storage the Photoshop and folders are running from. RAM isn't used for that in PS.
In my experience, setting PS preferences with a separate folder or drive partition just for SCRATCH files makes a huge difference.
Follow these setup tips to optimize and see if it helps:
I'm running the latest Photoshop CC (2015) and Windows 10 with Bootcamp.
Photoshop was extremely laggy, moving the canvas or a layer was a nightmare... I've fixed this by:
1. Go to Edit/Preferences/Performances
2. Uncheck use GPU or use Graphic Processor
3. Close Photoshop and Re-open
Note that doing this for Illustrator also works!
2016 and the problem persists... It's just impossible to have a good workflow with Photoshop. Creating shapes and handling type is just the worse experience you can imagine.
I've tested in different MacBooks, Retina and non-Retina, Yosemite, El Capitan, HD and SSD, 8GB RAM and 16GB RAM, versions CS6, CC 2014, CC 2015. Changed all different kinds of preferences, installed the OSXCompatibility plug-in, reseted everything multiple times, read all different kinds of tutorials and it doesn't make a difference... It usually changes from laggy to super laggy.
If Photoshop was an object, it would've been thrown from the window.
Just adding to this thread in the hopes that Adobe is listening. The performance on my MacBook Pro Retina 13" is ridiculous. Come on Adobe!
I've been following this thread for a year and I was pretty upset everyone had the same Macbook Pro laggy photoshop CC experience like me. While my 2011 i5 iMac was running very smooth.
However I just did a clean OS X install and installed photoshop CC again and it's been running smooth past 2 days. Did you guys did a clean install?
My Macbook Pro spec is 13" late 2013, 2.8 core i7, 16gb ram and 512 ssd...
Same problem here....make me feel so bad since I spent a lot money on my new mac pro...
I looked around lots of forums and seems no one knows how to fix this issue.
I also have the same problem I Think it's Adobe fault - i have brand New Macbook Pro and i have no problem with him.
Below short video with PS CC and Lag Problem
macbook pro 13 inch 2015
same bad performance with adobe
Try going to accessibility options and click reduce transparency, it seems to add about 50% performance boost to panning in photoshop and other UI windows are much smoother. Its most obvious on external 4K screen. hope that helps a bit.