A couple updates:
First, I need to give credit to my colleague Mike Shaw for identifying what specifically was slowing down performance in the file - I'll certainly sleep better tonight
Second, I ran an action to try to reproduce the slowdown using tools and wasn't able to - my action ran the Dodge tool 50 times in a row on a single image without any degradation in performance for the entire run. Note that I'm not using a tablet and there might be something about the data being passed there that's slowing down the app (just a WAG). Ted, my email contact info is above so if you'd like to contact me directly I can help you create an action on your system that might help us figure out what's going on.
Well a forehead smacker, but far from dumb azz. A day without a forehead smack is a day without using Photoshop.
Glad you figured it out. Now you realize, I will have to try it to find out what 250 px of outer glow looks like.
Those 250 pixels were a quick way of adding light-integration to a person which I key'ed out of a beige background placing the subject on a golden glowing background.
I should have just duplicated the subject, colored it yellow and gaussian-blurred it... That would have given me the same effect. I will certainly do THAT in the future ;-)
Thanks Adam ...
I will definitely send you an email. Tonight I only did 8 images, but on the last, I began to notice a slow down of the healing brush.
Here is my system info:
i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Windows 7 Home Prem build 6.1.7601
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti with 1 GB
NVIDIA Driver: 126.96.36.19910
Wacom Intuous 4
memory for PS 8703 GB (59%)
This memory table I created from the Windows Resource Monitor
Stage: In Use Modified Standby Free
---------- ------------- ------------- ----------- --------
Fresh Start 2070MB 44MB 866MB 13394MB
Start Bridge 2230 64 1179 12863MB
Launch ACR 2780 86 1640 11800
Open 1 smt Obj 5090 112 1833 11333
close 2 images 5775 112 2628 7841 - edited / closed 2 photos, , PS running, no active img
close 1 image 6516 159 3318 6374 - PS running, no active image
close 5 images 6732 247 4543 4843 - PS running, no active image
close PS 2318 108 4613 9327 - PS closed, Br still running
close Br 2090 108 4652 9530
Somehow during the process of launching PS & Br, editing 8 images, and closing PS & Br, free memory was reduced by
just shy of 4GB. The troublesome part is that in use memory increased after each image was closed. Although it wasn't as bad tonight (with only 8 images) by the time I did 12 last night, the tools were noticably sluggish.
Photoshop's "in use" as measured by the OS includes things beyond Photoshop's control (OS buffers, display/UI buffers, the size of the loaded binaries, etc.).
But Photoshop's measured memory use tries to take that into account, and limit actual allocated space to less than you specify in Photohop's preferences.
Allocating the full amount would not make Photoshop sluggish. But if you edit a document larger than RAM and hit the scratch disk a lot - then that could make Photoshop sluggish while it waits for disk IO.
I don't think it's writing to scratch disk frequently. The largest file I was working on last night was only about 760MB and 21 layers. The most "in use" memory reported by windows was 6.7GB and I have 8.7 allocated to PS out of 16GB total installed. But last night, I only noticed a slight increase in sluggishness as opposed to previously when I had opened and closed a dozen or more documents.
What I will do today is just keep running the current instance until the tools become what I would call painfully sluggish - in other words when I would normally shut PS down and start a new instance. What statistics would be useful to you when I reach that state?
hope you're good...
I have found what seems to be a Mac OS X Lion (cant say about Snow Leopard) GUI Bug...
The top of the Photoshop GUI does not flush to the OS X Meny bar...and it is impossible to make it do so..
Just esthetics and you probably already know about it but I thought I would report it, just the same
ScreenShot of BUG =
I have just uninstalled it because I am too busy to deal with the performance issues. After using it for a while, my whole system becomes unusably slow - not just PS6. Also it won't quit completely. I'm used to Adobe programs taking forever to quit - especially Acrobat (???) but PS 6 would never quit --always had to be forced.
For what its worth, I'm working mostly with very large documents - satellite imagery, from a few hundred MB to 2GB. If things calm down here I might try again.