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i was wondering if anyone could offer me some advice.

I have been using pdn for a while now. More recently after the 4.0.9 update, i have noticed that when editing larger files with a high ppi and lots of layers, If i try to apply some effects it has a loading bar for a ridiculously long time and sometimes does not recover. It is a huge inconvenience as i cant fully pin point when its going to happen except for on larger files. 
I currently only have one plug in which has (as far as I can tell) been working fine. 

Is there anything i can do to help this? or is it a case of having to merge layers down if i can?
Thankyou in advance. 

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It may be that the size of the images are the cause of poor performance. What are the image sizes (WxH) and how many layers do you typically have?

Open the settings :Settings: > Diagnostics dialog and copy your system specs into a post here so we can see what hardware you have.

Ref: http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/SettingsDialog.html

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just happened again. under different circumstances. only 3 layers. 200 ppi ish. a4 size. Trying to cancel inner shadow tool. 

Application paint.net 4.0.9 (Final 4.9.5848.30436)
Build Date 05 January 2016
Hardware accelerated rendering (GPU) True
Animations True
DPI 96.00 (1.00x scale)
Language en-US
OS Windows 7 Service Pack 1 
.NET Runtime 4.0.30319.42000
Physical Memory 8,157 MB
CPU AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon HD Graphics   
    Architecture x64 (64-bit)
    Process Mode 64-bit
    Speed ~3593 MHz
    Cores / Threads 4
    Features DEP, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4_1, SSE4_2, XSAVE
Video Card AMD Radeon R9 200 Series
    Dedicated Video RAM 4,075 MB
    Dedicated System RAM 0 MB
    Shared System RAM 3,822 MB
    Vendor ID 0x1002
    Device ID 0x6810
    Subsystem ID 0xE271174B
    Revision 0
    LUID 0x0000DDB7
    Flags None
    Outputs 2
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Trying to cancel inner shadow tool.

Is that the object or selection version?... Just a hunch, probably wrong, ( I'm not experienced with either), but if the effect is expecting an object  and the whole layer is opaque?

... just thoughts... ignore me! ;)


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