My thumbnails in layers palette are shown as solid squares

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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I've used photoshop for years and to my knowledge the thumbnail in my layers palette is usually a copy of what's on the layer, however since I've started to use cc the thumbnail image is a solid block. This is making it difficcult identifying each layer visibly.

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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Could you please post a complete screenshot with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible? 

What are the Layers Panel Options? 

What are the Transparency & Gamut Preferences? 

Does turning off »Use Graphics Processor« in the Performance Preferences (Photoshop > Preferences > Performance > Graphic Processor Settings) and restarting Photoshop have any bearing on the issue? 

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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I've been on the 'layer panel options' and that just allows you to enlarge the thumbnail. This just makes the square larger. I did look at the Graphic Processor settings and it did nothing. I've attached the larger screen print of my desktop and the transparency & Gamut pref. 

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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Have you tried choosing another Transparency setting and restarting Photoshop? 

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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what photoshop version do you use?

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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I did have 23.4.0 but had to go down to 23.3.2 because of a bug

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Jun 18, 2022 Jun 18, 2022

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Try to update to the latest version 23.4.1.

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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I've never seen this problem, it's a weird one. Start by resetting the preferences. Try making other types of layers, shapes, type, smart objects, add a layer style, try a clipping mask, etc and see if they all behave the same way.



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Jun 18, 2022 Jun 18, 2022

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I've never seen this problem, it's a weird one. 

I can force such issues by setting the Transparency Setting to »None« and restarting Photoshop. 

So I assume another setting and restarting should rectify the issue for the OP, too. 

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what Photoshop version do you use?

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I did have 23.4.0 but had to go down to 23.3.2 because of a bug

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Jun 17, 2022 Jun 17, 2022

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As Melissa said, this is a strange one, and unlike anything I have seen before, but the got to first step when display issues get wierd is to Deactivate Native Canvas  Give that a try. Restart Photoshop, and get back to us.

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Jun 19, 2022 Jun 19, 2022

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I've tried all of this advice and re-starting photoshop but none of it works. I've has to turn the transarancy back on but that has new problems, the checkered affect is getting in the way of me seeing what's on the thumbnails, hense why I wanted them plain white.

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Jun 19, 2022 Jun 19, 2022

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Well, how about you post mneaningful screenshots to clarify what you are talking about? 

How is the checkerboard »getting in the way«? 

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Jun 20, 2022 Jun 20, 2022

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Here is a screen shot of the checkered affect of the transarent thunbnail, as you can see it's difficult to see what's in the thumbnails. I've used photoshop for years and I've always been able to see clearly what was in them.

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Jun 20, 2022 Jun 20, 2022

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John, if you look at trhe screen shot you have provided, do you understand how it is not helpful?

This is how your image looks:

image.png

But when we look at your layers panel Layers 3 & 4 are turned off so we have no way of knowing if they are displaying as they should.

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What do you see when you turn those layers on, and all other layers, except for the white background, off?  Do they show as the same red rectangles we see in the thumbnails?  Or am I not understanding your issue?

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Jun 20, 2022 Jun 20, 2022

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Layer 3 and 4 are as they look on the thumbnail, the big square because they are actually big squares in the document but I don't need to see them so they are turned off.

I think basically in this mode the are how they should be except I don't want to see the checkerd effect to show transarrency. When I turn off transparency I just get blocks in the thumbnails.

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Jun 20, 2022 Jun 20, 2022

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I can't remember having ever turned off the transparency checkerboard, because I need to know how much of the layer is covered by its contents, but I just tried experimenting with it, and it does have one strange behaviour. The document below has three identical layers plus a white background.

 

What I found was that turning transparency off had no effect unless something was done to a particular layer.

In the example below transparency was turned off and that is reflected in the thumbnails (each layer has just the red square and the rest is empty).  I turned transparency back on, but so far it is not showing.

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Turning any of those three layers off causes transparency to show again.  Moving a layer or its contents also causes transparency to show for that layer.

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It's the same when you go the other way turning transparency off.  It is not reflected in tyhe tumbnail or document unless a layer is turned on/off or some other edit is made to that layer.  I have no idea how this might help you.  Do you have a particular reason for turning off transparency?

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Jun 20, 2022 Jun 20, 2022

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As I have said I've used photoshop for years and I've always been able to see what was in each thumbnail unless I label each layer ( tedious) Now I have started to use Photoshop CC and I have to have this checkerboard effect whether I like it or not, now any small asset in a layer can't be seen. I know I can make the thumbnails larger but then I can only see a few layers at a time. Looks like I'm just gonna have to get used to it.

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Jun 20, 2022 Jun 20, 2022

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Have you tried Layer Bounds? 

That way you might get larger displays of some Layers’ contents. 

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