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Gradient Map error when o open in other Photoshop Version

Explorer ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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When I create a PSD file in Photoshop 24.0.0 with gradient map effects in layers, i have a bug or error to open the same file in another Computer with older photoshop version.

 

When open appears a message "The file contains unknow datas..." Keep Layers or flatten.

If i choose Keep layers the Gradient Map not found. The layer is empty.

 

The bug happens in many files.

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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Adobe changed the Gradient and Gradient Map.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new/2022.html

under Improved Gradient tool

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/gradient-map-incompatibility-with-old...

 

As far the Gradient Map Adjustment Layer in photoshop 2023, you can instead convert your layer to a Smart Object, then apply Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map as a Smart Filter using the Classic setting and users with photoshop versions as far back a cc 2015 should be able to modify the Gradient Map. Earlier photoshop versions will open the Gradient Map layer as a separate flattened layer with the Gradient Map Adjust intact or as a non editable smart filter layer.

 

Screenshot-(934).png

 

 

same psd opened in photoshop 3.0.5 creates a flattened layer with the adjustment intact

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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Thanks Jeff.
But that doesn't solve the problem.
I need to open the file with the layers on other computers.
In previous versions it worked normally.

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Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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If the photoshop version is cc 2015 or newer then using Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map as a Smart Filter

will give users the same gradient adjustments as a regular Gradient Map Layer. All users have to do is double click on the Smart Filter to bring up the Gradient Map adjustments dialog.

 

It's only in photoshop versions older than cc 2015 that users won't be able to adjust the Gradient Map.

 

What versions of photoshop are the other users using?

 

If Adobe is not willing to make the Gradient Map layers backwards compatible, then you'll have to find another solution like using an older version of photoshop to make your gradient map layers

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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It is not uncommon. Forwards compatibility of files is usually maintained between versions (there are exceptions) but backwards compatibility is never guaranteed, particularly if using new functionality.

Have you tried the Classic mode (under mode in the options bar)?

 

Dave

 

[Thread moved from Photoshop Bugs to Photoshop Discussions as it is not a bug]

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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I understand Dave. Thank You.
But using the gradient map effect layer is not a new feature.
I've seen more people complaining about this issue on forums.

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Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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'But using the gradient map effect layer is not a new feature.'

 

Gradients have changed in the current version and that includes those used within the gradient map ajustment layer. See the inclusion now of the gradient method - Perceptual , Linear or Classic

 

Dave

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