Yesterday, in SAI, I'd just finished painting on a commission for about 30 mins maybe an hour when I went to crop it down some. The contents of the background layers disappeared completely and I couldn't undo this at all. The program kept bitching about no memory, so I checked my hard drive where it and it's temp files were and sure enough there was only like 200mb left!! So I killed the program and lost all the changes I'd made that day. I moved SAI to my 2TB drive and set it's temp folder to that drive as well. Made complete sense, I thought I'd goofed up by not watching my HD space and this time I was gonna be careful. Solved, right?
WRONG!!! I did another test. This time with a 5000 x 5000 pixel canvas. I simply filled a layer with a color with ALT+Delete. Then I copied this layer, again, and again. I found to my disgust, that I could only make 3....yes 3 layers like this until SAI errored out and bitched about memory problems. If I use a 4000 x 4000 pixel canvas, the limit is 5 layers. So it doesn't matter so much about hard drive space, it's memory.
In 32 bit Windows, every program is limited to 2gb of RAM, period. I think most programs get around this by using temp files. Photoshop sure does!!! Out the wazooo!!! I dunno what SAI does...but it's not the same. I have 3GB of RAM. But I'm thinking it wouldn't even matter if I have 50000GB of RAM in this case with SAI, due to this 2GB limit!!! >___<.
Does anybody know of a way around this? Even in Linux using wine (yes I'm willing to go there). I don't think they make a 64bit version of SAI though. Right now I'm thinking about going back to Photoshop, maybe even switching my OS over to 64bit something. Just not very happy about this atm.
6 years, 9 months ago
07 Dec 2011 01:25 CET