April 03, 2006

15,000-layer Photoshop file

‘Tis the season of gigantic PSDs: Digital painter Bert Monroy sees Kevin Hulsey’s work and raises him a couple of gigs. Bert, a former matte painter at ILM and elsewhere, has been pushing Photoshop since v1.0, and at Photoshop World he unveiled his latest creation: a monster painting that’s 1.7GB (when flat!), comprised of some 15,000 layers, 500 alpha channels, and 250,000 paths. Man… what a testament to Bert’s artistry & commitment to his craft. [Via]
Photoshop handles tasks from creating sub-1KB Web graphics to wrangling files of basically unlimited size, and that makes it tricky for us to ship the app with settings that address all scenarios optimally. The Support team publishes some tips on optimizing performance (Mac/Win), and we’re looking at ways to make it easier to tune the app.
[Update: Tobias Hollerich points out that the site has been “dugg,” making it slow to load. The Digg.com entry lists some mirror sites & links to videos of Bert in action.]

Posted by John Nack at 8:25 PM on April 03, 2006


  • Kent — 1:24 AM on April 04, 2006

    It’s probably worth pointing out that those 15,000 layers weren’t all in a single .PSD, but “The painting is comprised of close to fifty individual Photoshop files.”

  • Rod Wynne-Powell — 3:40 PM on April 04, 2006

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the pointer. That shot is just something else! I was impressed with Bert and his work when I met him at a Washington ThunderLizard event, but this image goes way beyond anything I saw that day. The dedication and attention to detail is simply exquisite. The man is an inspiration.
    Thank you, Bert.

  • smile — 10:37 PM on April 26, 2006

    i have never used a tool like PD Pro Digital Painter as a digital painter, it’s excellent!

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