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Optimal specs for making image trace and similar functions render faster?

New Here ,
Jan 05, 2023 Jan 05, 2023

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I recently bought one of the new Macbook Pros with the M1 Pro chip and 16gb of ram, but I noticed that image tracing large images (as well as similar tasks) is still as slow as ever. Should I have gotten the more expensive M1 Max chip and 32gb of ram? Would either of these specs make enough of a difference to justify the extra money, or is image trace on large images going to take time no matter what? 

 

Also, if you know of a PC (preferably a laptop) with specifications that can do this faster and repeatedly, without getting really hot, I'm open to suggestions.

 

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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I'd imagine if this is consistent across different machines, the limitation is with Illustrator, not the hardware.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Does Illustrator pop up the "Ugh, this image is huge" warning before tracing? In that case, the image is just that: huge. And depending on just how huge it is, Illustrator will slow down just a bit or considerably.

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Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

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If you mean the "this is gonna take a while" pop-up then yeah I get that when I first trace it, but when I switch between color modes it doesn't pop-up even though it still takes a while.

I know the image is huge and it will take longer than a small image, but I was wondering if having really good hardware (more RAM, better GPU/CPU, etc.) would make it render significantly faster than it is now, or if the rendering time is the same across all machines?

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Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

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Honestly, I haven't yet let my computers race against each other. The function itself has become faster over the recent versions and maybe that was also caused by the comouters I was running it on.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 13, 2023 Jan 13, 2023

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Hi @Kbesh,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I agree with Doug. Buying M1 Max or Ultra will not make a difference.
A high-end PC with NVIDIA RTX 3090 & RTX 4090 will be slightly faster, but not by a huge margin.
As Monika said, the image trace has been constantly improved and has gotten faster in recent years, and the team will keep on enhancing it.

 

Regards,

Anshul Saini

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