I've been using Photoshop CS5 and CS6 on a 64-bit Windows 7 Toshiba Satellite with 8 gigs of RAM and experiencing some issues with fonts. I also had problems with my outdated or underpowered graphics processor, which made using CS6's Oil Paint filter impossible. So I suspected my font problem was probably due to an outdated system.
So now I've upgraded, taking careful notice of getting the most powerful machine I could afford: Windows 8.1, 12 gigs of RAM, GeForce duo-core processor, terabyte hard drive.
Yet my Photoshop CS6 still has the same problem: when I click on the type entry tool, Photoshop locks up and it takes a good 3 minutes before the tool allows me to enter text.
I do have hundreds of fonts installed and can't see getting rid of many. I'm actually adding to them regularly. I have the font preview set at "huge" because I need to see what each font looks like. I have a hard time seeing them at other sizes.
I'm really disheartened that the problem is still there. Of course, there are other problems. Once a text object is created, moving and altering it is sluggish.
I've tried to reduce the load on Photoshop in other ways, though with 12 gigs of RAM, I think the program should be able to handle anything. I clear up the brushes, patterns, styles, etc. but it's no use.
I guess I will have to live with this problem if the solution is to reduce the number of fonts or shutting off the font preview size. I want the creative power of that font collection!
Any solutions? Workarounds? Utilities I can add? Thanks to anybody who can help.
And I wish Adobe upgraded Photoshop to allow OTF fonts to be fully usable with all their glyphs, etc. I have fonts I can't get the full use of So if Adobe is reading this, consider it a suggestion.
I have around 15,000 fonts, so I understand your situation. I'm also Mac, but this shouldn't be an issue. I would recommend trying some kind of font management program. Our font management program will automatically open fonts contained in a document, and will manage huge font sets easily. We use FontAgent Pro, and there is a Windows version.
I'm not sure they're up with Win 8.1 yet, but it would be worth a conversation with the developers. They might even be able to help with what you're experiencing now, and be able to tell you whether FontAgent Pro would solve your issues.