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Michael Rosen
Slow PSD files: Curious why my solution worked
on Oct 30, 2010 at 8:02:26 pm

I have PSD files (about 20-30 mbs) with lots of layer-sets, inside more layer-sets (turns into pre-comps in AE) and lots of layer effects on mostly vector stuff.

When I bring them into AE they take forever to import (maybe 15min!!) then, they are unbearably slow to work with.

SOLUTION: I saved each layer set out to a different file and imported them separately....still takes a bit to load, (much faster though) but now I can animate at regular speeds.


JUST CURIOUS: I have no idea why the files didn't just work in the first place.
ANY IDEAS?

(I thought possible it had to do with disk speed and accessing just one file for everything.....but, the file is only 22mbs....so I don't know.


mac 8 core, 16g, leopard -raid osx drive


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Slow PSD files: Curious why my solution worked
on Nov 1, 2010 at 2:25:02 pm

When you saved out the document as individual layers, you probably had to do some flattening along the way, which saves AE from rendering a lot of things that didn't really need to be rendered.

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


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Michael Rosen
Re: Slow PSD files: Curious why my solution worked
on Nov 1, 2010 at 5:35:00 pm

Thanks Dave,

Yeah, I took out hidden sets and some jpg layers. Didn't know if they were the culprit because they were mostly hidden.
Thanks again for taking the time to give feedback.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Slow PSD files: Curious why my solution worked
on Nov 1, 2010 at 5:55:36 pm

Yeah, any time you can simplify a Photoshop document, it's good to do so. AE assumes you want to animate any properties that can be animated.

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


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