I’ve heard from a few people that the Flawless Face action in the HeART & Soul collection is taking a long time to run. When I run this action, it takes about 3-7 seconds to complete. Having it slow to a crawl is not normal and please be assured it is not the action malfunctioning. Here are a few suggestions on how you can go about troubleshooting and remedying this if it’s an issue for you. Plus, many of the suggestions listed below are good to do if Photoshop in general is acting up or slowing down.
1. My first suggestion is to edit in 8 bit mode vs. 16 bit mode if you’re not already. That made a huge difference in my computer and will most likely be what speeds up Flawless Face on your computer. Try that first before moving on to the other suggestions.
2. Make sure your version of PS is up to date. Go HERE to download the latest version.
3. If this doesn’t solve slowness issues, reinstall your version of Photoshop. This will often times fix many issues within PS, including any actions running slowly.
4. Read THIS to learn about disabling the GPU in PS CS4 and CS5.
5. Running filters like Surface Blur or robust actions on PSD or TIFF files will usually be a slower process than running them on JPG files. Converting to JPG first, may solve slowness issues as well.
6. Preferences can get corrupted. To reset them, go HERE. I often have to dump my preference files on my Mac for different programs such as Mail, Safari and even Photoshop. I haven’t had to dump my Photoshop preferences since I started using CS5, but often times had to do it when I was using PS CS3.
7. Read THIS thread. There are some instructions for dealing with RAM and virtual memory and plugins (surface blur).
8. Next, read the information HERE to learn about improving the overall performance of Photoshop. This article has some really great info worth looking into.
And just for funsies, a before and after image from Suzanne Henderson of SJH Photography that we recently worked on in a mentoring session. She had a great exposure, lovely light and lots of potential for rich color. I always take my editing cues from the location and expression on the subject. The grungy location and serious look on the subject’s face made going in a darker, richer direction make sense.
BEFORE – unedited – SOOC
AFTER – edited during mentoring session