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Seeking help with Illustrator performance issues using graphics libraries

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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I'm an artist who crafts intricate collage-style portraits using graphics saved in an Illustrator library. I work extensively with custom vector emojis, using 500+ library graphics for some portraits. Lately, Illustrator has been so slow and laggy that it's unusable. Any idea what the cause of the slowdown might be? I have plenty of space on my computer, so that shouldn't be a concern. Would love to know if anyone has encountered similar issues and any possible solutions here? I appreciate it!

 

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Scott

 

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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How often do you restart your computer and your version of AI? 

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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Fast and/or stable performance depends on more than hard drive space. How much RAM does your computer have? Does the computer have a dedicated graphics board (and are the drivers up to date)? If you're simultaneously using hundreds of elements in a design it's possible for it to bog down a computer system, especially if the elements are complex in nature.

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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I restart my computer a few times a week and Creative Cloud a few times a day. 

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Dec 27, 2023 Dec 27, 2023

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As to Bobby's question, how much ram do you have? Are your designs getting more complex as you go deeper in this direction? You really need 64 GB of Ram for this kind of stuff.

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Dec 28, 2023 Dec 28, 2023

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Ah OK. I only have 8 GB of RAM so that could definitely the be the isuse. Does something like this seem like it should be memory intensive? https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/a013cd58-c3a4-4cb0-5884-2d5bfa674be5

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Dec 28, 2023 Dec 28, 2023

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That could be the case. Lots of elements in there, gradients and stuff.

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Have you tried using Symbols for the repeating elements? This may make it go faster.

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