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Im currently working on a couple of images where the end file is approaching 2 gb.
When applying adjustment layers, and click on the adjustment the dialogue screen where you make the adjustment doesn't show.
I'm working with several sets (to make it easy to work on adjustments - there's probably about 40+ layers total).
I Don't want to flatten the file until I'm happy with the finished file.
I'm running 4gb of RAM (which I hope to update soon).
Has anyone else had this problem? And if so how have you overcome it?
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Nick try increasing the size of photoshops scratch disk.
4gig of ram is pushing it with that size of file.
As already mentioned, 4GB isn't ideal for such a huge file size. If you click on the small black arrow towards the bottom of the Photoshop window, you can view the scratch size, or, if you select Efficiency, every time that drops below 100% you'll know it's because there is insufficient memory and the program is having to rely on the much slower scratch disk on your hard disk.
Upgrading the ram is obviously the best solution but in the meantime you may be able to speed things up slightly by converting the image to 8 bit instead of 16 bit. 16 bit is always preferable but it may be a step worth taking especially if you don't plan on undertaking very dramatic editing or major colour/curves adjustments.
Another option would be to regularly use the purge command.
Try saving it as a .psb file
Thanks guys, really helpfull. As im doing more intense work no I will be upgrading the RAM soon.
Thanks Dave, yep I will use PSB for large files from now.
Don't forget if you want to access more than about 3.5 Gb of RAM you'll need to upgrade to a 64 bit OS and PS.
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