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ben wolfinsohn
when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 7:28:59 am

I have photoshop file thats only 45 megs but has about 100 layers, and I'm starting to get some really slow responses from after effects. is there anything i can do to speed it up other then splitting my photoshop file up into more smaller files?


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 10:47:51 am

Do you have layer styles, is the psd file @72dpi, anything unusual that you're doing with your layers? Also, what version of AE?

Breaking down the PSD in smaller files with less layers like you suggested may help, but you should not have a problem because of the number of layers.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Dave LaRonde
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:56:17 pm

One of the most common reasons for slow response in AE is insufficient memory.

We don't know anything about your machine your version of AE, your OS, etc. so there could be others, too. It's really tough to give you a definitive answer.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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ben wolfinsohn
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 6:17:01 pm

running a macbook pro
2 core
2.66 ghz intel i7
8 gb ram
256 kb cache per core
plenty of HD space
newest iOS
AE CS6

doc is 1920x1080 layers of simple drawings with only a few colors.

when i cleared out the cache in the AE preferences it went a little bit faster.

and when mentioned about the layer styles, is that referring to when i import the photoshop doc, or the doc itself from within PS?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 6:40:56 pm

Don't use AE multiprocessing. 8 gigs may sound like a lot to you, but it's not so great in AE terms. Especially with 100 layers of a photoshop document that is presumably more than 1920x1080 pixels big.

Photoshop layer styles can mess up AE functioning. If you used other than the most basic layer styles in your photoshop document, don't: you can use AE's counterparts and things will go smoother.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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ben wolfinsohn
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 9:55:45 pm

yes, turning off multiprocessing seems to have helped. and I have the ram reserve for other apps set to 5, making ram available for AE 3. is that a good number to set it at?


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Walter Soyka
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 9:57:21 pm

[ben wolfinsohn] "yes, turning off multiprocessing seems to have helped. and I have the ram reserve for other apps set to 5, making ram available for AE 3. is that a good number to set it at?"

I'd try flipping them around.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Walter Soyka
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 12, 2012 at 7:53:55 pm

[ben wolfinsohn] "when i cleared out the cache in the AE preferences it went a little bit faster."

That's really odd -- the cache should never slow Ae down. If it takes longer to read something from the cache than it takes to recalculate it from scratch, Ae skips the cache and simply recomputes.

Working at a lower resolution in Ae (for example, by setting the viewer at Half instead of Full) should net you a big speed increase, if you have not done that already.

You can also see Adobe's excellent Improve Performance page [link] for more suggestions.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
Creative Cow Forum Host: Live & Stage Events


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: when is it to many photoshop layers to work with
on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:55:01 am

To all the above I would add this- try not to have any other programs open while working in AE. I would leave only 2 for other programs.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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