New Canvas CTRL+N takes forever in CS3. Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by LadiesMan217, May 29, 2008.

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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    Whenever I click CTRL+N to open a new canvas, it takes as much as 4 seconds
    to appear, no matter how big or small it might be. This used to be almost
    instant in Photoshop 7. It's extremely frustrating to constantly hit this
    speedbump, as it's something I do a lot.

    Any ideas or tips on how to speed it up, or is it just one of CS3's new
    resource draining "features", I have to get used to?
    LadiesMan217, May 29, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Are you transsexual? Or why' ladiesman'?
    Anyway, on my PC the response is immediately.
    Dave, May 29, 2008
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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    You might have a grammar problem... and my best friend's a giant robot. :)

    Thanks. I thought for sure it was, when I first installed CS3, so I'm
    hoping I will be able to get it back to normal speed again.
    LadiesMan217, May 29, 2008
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    just bob Guest

    just bob, May 29, 2008
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    just bob Guest

    Can you try a different default setting for the canvas? Mine is set to
    "Default Photoshop Size".

    When I did it on my machine, after pressing enter at the dialog box (which
    comes up when I press Ctrl+N), it did take about 3-4 seconds. However,
    subsequent keyboard commands of Ctrl+N | Enter renders the canvas instantly.
    So it seems to be slow only the first time on my machine, WinXP with 3GB of
    RAM with CS3 10.0.1.
    just bob, May 29, 2008
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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    I've tried every possible combination of settings in the dialog box, but
    unfortunately it makes no difference. I think I'll try a clean install, as
    I'm sure it was ok for the first few days. Hopefully that will sort it out.
    LadiesMan217, May 29, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    yep, I might have a grammar problem:)))

    Before reinstalling, reset the preferences.
    Only (small but still possible) maybe it'll sort it out.

    Dave, May 29, 2008
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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    Thanks, tried that and waited 43 minutes for it to uninstall. Installed it
    again, and the problem was still there. F*ck it, I'm ditching this resource
    hog and going back to Photoshop 7.
    LadiesMan217, May 29, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    KatWoman, May 30, 2008
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    tacit Guest

    How much RAM is in your computer?

    Modern versions of Photoshop will allocate VM equal to at least the size
    of any new document when it is created, and more if RAM is tight. If you
    don't have sufficient RAM in your computer, creating a new file can be
    tacit, May 30, 2008
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    Chris Cox Guest

    When you create a new document, that's the first time Photoshop asks the
    printer for it's default setup.

    If your printer is really, really slow or disconnected - then you may get a
    long pause while the printer driver waits for information. Usually this
    only happens with buggy drivers or poorly configured network printers.

    Chris Cox, May 30, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Dave, May 30, 2008
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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    4gb. Shouldn't be an issue.
    LadiesMan217, May 30, 2008
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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    You know, I think my printer driver did to an automatic update recently.
    Perhaps that's the root of my problem, then. I've uninstalled CS3 for now
    and gone back to 7.0, though, and New Canvas is still instant here, but
    when I can find a spare 3 days to reinstall CS3 (it takes forever), I will
    definitely try it without my printer driver installed.

    That said, I do feel like Adobe have gone too far down the bloat-ware road,
    where they no longer seem interested in optimising their software for
    performance, and instead just hope that future processors will make their
    resource draining app at least somewhat tolerable to work with. I'm on a
    4gb, 3ghz dual core, and CS3 is still considerable slower than 6.0 ever was
    on my old 1gb, 1.8ghz AMD, and I don't feel that CS3's modest increase in
    features justifies this kind of slowdown, and I mean in general terms, not
    just my specific New Canvas issue.

    Anyway, thanks for the tip.
    LadiesMan217, May 30, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    4 gig? Sorry for this disappointment
    but PS is not invented to make use of all of it.
    You can remove half of it without experiencing any difference.
    Dave, May 30, 2008
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    LadiesMan217 Guest

    I think I'll keep it. It will probably come in handy for something else. ;)
    LadiesMan217, May 30, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    Totally aggreed:) I would have kept it myself because, like you said,
    it may serve a purpose somewhere else..
    Dave, May 30, 2008
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    Chris Cox Guest


    Photoshop can use up to 4 Gig, and the OS can use any leftover RAM for disk
    caching. (Photoshop can't directly use more than 3 Gig for image data,
    because of OS overhead, but the full 4 Gig address space does get used)

    Chris Cox, Jun 1, 2008
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    Chris Cox Guest

    In Photoshop 7, the printer information was queried at launch (which
    sometimes lead to slow launches).

    Photoshop CS3 changed it to query when a new document is created, and some
    effort was made to catch bad/slow drivers. Sadly, there are more ways to
    build bad drivers than the Photoshop engineers imagined...

    Chris Cox, Jun 1, 2008
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