Recently I have been unable to do any 3D work in Adobe Photoshop. If I make a 3D extrusion I get a preview of it but I can't make any changes to it or even roate the view. It's as if the preview is not updating. Additionally if I try to open an .OBJ file, Photoshop tells me 3D is disabled because OpenGL is disabled. I see no option for OpenGL however my graphics card is listed and enabled, including an option for OpenCL.
This used to work fine so I can only assume either a recent Photoshop update or a graphics driver update has caused this.
Can anyone help?
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Adobe are updating the core graphics functions in Photoshop. This is driven by the operating systems of Apple and Microsoft in which the old Open GL functions are being removed in the case of Apple, or deprecated in the case of Microsoft. This means that the graphics functions that have worked for years must be rewritten to use Metal and Direct X. At the same time, Adobe are sensibly updating those core functions to deliver the additional speed we require to handle the very large files of today.
Some functionality in Photoshop, such as 3D, still relies on the older Open GL graphics functions. To make these work, an additional preference Preferences>Technology previews>Deactivate Native Canvas has been added. This can be checked and Photoshop restarted to restore 3D functions to where they were in 22.3
Thank you Dave this was driving me nuts!!! Problem solved.
You are my Hero too 😉 ! i went crazy for 2 days with same problem ... 3D Photoshop didn't work, issue to enable Open GL and everything i tried was useless.
Thank you so so much Dave !
You are my hero! I was getting crazy and giving up! After 3 days of searching, updating, uninstalling, installing even in safe mode of everything - AMD, Intel, Photoshop, Windows etc .. Searching Youtube, communities, google and finally I find your "simple" answer that I will never forget and is worth everything! It still says I need to enable openGL drawing on the 3D tab in settings but it works! The positive thing is that now everything is up to date and I know more than before! Wish you the best!
I had a similar issue, I clicked on Technology Preview, which is right down at the bottom. Then click Deactivate Native Canvas, and like magic 3d functionailty is back. It wasn't doing anything before just a preview, then it freezes.
Thanks for your help... I hope this doen't mean my Mac is getting old and one day soon it won't be compatible with a new CC update.
I'm having the OpenGL disabled problems, except deactivating native canvas didn't work. After I did this I restarted photoshop so that it would apply and recieved the same message. Any help would be appreciated. (use graphics processor is enabled, my graphics card is compatible, photoshop is updated, and my drivers are up to date)
Thanks, Dave, this issue was driving me crazy, thanks a lot!
Update: despite being up-to-date, I reinstalled my NVIDIA driver. The error has stopped appearing but I'm still not able to get any live preview on 3D objects in the scene. The only way I can see what's there is by rendering the scene. I've tried Basic, Normal and Advanced Drawing Modes in my Advanced Graphics Processor Settings but it makes no difference.
Did you Deactivate Native Canvas and restart as advised earlier?
Sorry, I posted that second comment without realising you'd replied. Yes, disabling that worked, thank you.
You're welcome 🙂