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Lighting effects *still* not working

Explorer ,
Jul 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

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I've been desperately trying to get lighting effects to work in PS, as it's needed in my current project. However, no matter what I do, it fails. I just purchased a new 24" M1 iMac w/ 16 GB of memory and a 2 GB hard drive (I couldn't wait to get a 27" M1 - I'll have to trade up next year) and freshly installed PS. Unfortunately, I initially had the same problems with lighting effects that I had on my old iMac - the preview had either all black or all white, with a few horizontal lines where you could just see the background image. 

 

Yes, I did the following: Preferences > Technology Previews > enable "Deactivate Native Canvas" and restarted PS. Now I can see my image and how the lights affect it, BUT, there are no handles or circles defining the lights. So I can't manipulate them. It's useless. This project is on a ticking clock, but I'm fresh out of ideas and I'm just manually adding lighting effects. What a disappointment, particularly with a new iMac. What the heck is up with this?

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Jul 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021

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Hi @ChappsInLA 

 

Try the suggestions in this thread that worked for others:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem/about-render-lighting-effects-bug-in-photoshop-22...

They include rolling back to 22.3 and running PS through Rosetta.

 

~ Jane

 

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Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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I finally got it to work, after deactivating native canvas and restarting Photoshop (didn't work); then restarting the computer (didn't work); then reactivating native canvas and deactivating, then restarting Photoshop (didn't work); restarting Photoshop again (finally worked!). Wow ... never have I ever had to jump through so many hoops for a feature to work before. The average user who has this issue will never come up with that combination. 

 

Of course, I have to wonder if I should reactivate native canvas for other features to work. I'm really not sure about what it does. Anyway, I was finally able to use the functionality, along with other features that had worked previously. I'm exhausted.

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