Work has been slow the last few days. My computer can't handle high-res Photoshop projects too great. For those of you who don't know, Photoshop is a memory whore. It chews through it real fast.
The new cover is a 825MB document, and takes up 7GB of memory on opening, and the more I work on it, through the day, the more it eats up. At 8-9GB of memory, Photoshop starts slowing down. Sometimes I have to wait 20 to 30 seconds for it to register a change of tools, and up to a minute on bigger tasks like flood fills.
I normally have other things running in the background. Example: I like to listen to Youtube videos that are podcasts or hangouts, etc. Keeps me focused. With Photoshop running hot at 8GB, the total memory usage can push 12GB or higher, very easily. Unfortunately, my computer has only 16GB RAM, due to taking a friend's poor advice. "Oh your motherboard can handle up to four RAM sticks? Don't worry about it, computers can't really use more than 16GB RAM anyway. Putting any more than that in there is a waste of time." So when I built this machine, I only got 2 of the 8GB sticks. Normally it's fine, but when my memory usage hits above 12GB, my computer just blue-screens.
In a nutshell, I've been struggling with Photoshop going slow and my computer crashing over and over. But the good news is, I was getting sick of it earlier in the month, and found a two-for-one deal on RAM sticks on sale for 1/3rd their price. They arrived in the mail, today, so all I should have to do is install them and sailing should be smooth. If upgrading to 32GB RAM won't solve the problem, I'm going to have to start working in separate psds to get this done on time.... and avoid putting my fist through my poor Cintiq.
(For all you non-digital artists out there, doing your art in Photoshop requires a lot of tool switching. You tend to go from pencil to eraser numerous times a minute, or switch between brush types, or use the undo key a lot. When it takes 20-30 seconds just to undo a small mistake or switch tools, it really starts adding up, and it can get really frustrating when all you want to do is make a certain amount of progress that day.)
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