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Adjustment layer lag in photoshop since version 21.0.3 - including new version 23.0

New Here ,
Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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This has been an issue for a while - the handles on adjustment layer properties not smoothly following your cursor, making it very hard to make precise adjustments. I've recorded some video s below to demonstrate - on curves layers as it's most pronounced there. This is on a complex file, on a high DPI PC screen (still apparent on a standard definition screen) but I've made it a relatively difficult example to make the effect as apparent in the video as possible. 

 

Perfectly smooth in v21.0.3, horrible laggy on everything in v21, v22 and v23 since that release:

 

Photoshop 21.0.3

Photoshop 23.0

 

This is on an i9-9900k / Quadro RTX 4000 / NVME application drive, separate NVME scratch disk and backup scratch SSD / 64GB DDR4.

Same problem on a i7-6700 / GTX 1080 / NVME application drive, separate NVME scratch disk and backup scratch SSD / 32GB DDR4.

Same problem on a heavily specced 2018 15" Macbook Pro.

 

Tried every combination of settings in the preferences across all of them. Can't figure it out - it seems like something fundamental changed after 21.0.3 that's just killed adjustment layer performance.

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2021 Nov 10, 2021

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I think I've actually fixed it!

 

Go to Preferences > Technology Previews > Deactivate Native Canvas and restart Photoshop:

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I noticed this was a secondary workaround for GSync issues. I don't have a GSync monitor setup, so the GSync options aren't there in the Quadro's control panel, so I'd never thought to try it. But given that the behviour (laggy mouse) it describes here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/known-issues.html under 'Mouse of Cursor stuttering' sounds exactly like my issue, I thought I'd try it and it does the trick.

 

Kind of crazy this has been an issue since version 21.0.3... but there you go. What a relief to actually be able to use the current version again!

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