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Photoshop 2022 Lighting Effects greyed out

New Here ,
Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021

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One of my biggest gripes I have right with the latest Photoshop versions is that using the lighting effects proven to be difficult and a source of user toil. It used to work just fine a long time ago when I used Photoshop on Windows 98 but now the feature and its setup has become too cumbersome to use. 

 

Right now, I have a bug in which, after following the advice on this forum, I was able to get "lighting effects handles appearing in Photoshop 2021." However, after a recent upgrade to Photoshop 2022, now the lighting effects is just plain greyed out without explanation.

 

I looked at the posts on GPU compatibility and that doesn't seem to be an issue on my Mac. 

 

Screen Shot 2021-11-29 at 3.53.45 AM.png

 

Here's my OS info:

Screen Shot 2021-11-29 at 3.55.18 AM.png

 

Anyone have any ideas?

 

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Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021

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Lighting effects uses the 3D engine which is being discontinued in Photoshop.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/3d-faq.html

 

You may be able to get it working by going to Preferences > Performance and checking Disable Native Canvas. Then click OK and close and restart Photoshop. However if that is not succesful then you may need to re-install v22.2 or earlier from the CC desktop app.

 

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

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Please please bring back Lighting Effects ASAP - and please no work arounds ..I'm paying good money for this to work flawlessly

 

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Jan 25, 2023 Jan 25, 2023

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Are you foolish enough to believe Adobe values their customers? 

 

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Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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Could you please explain why Lighting Effect is being discontinued? I know it is a conversation that is not new. But this feature is very useful. I have been using it on all my photos presenting my art projects. I also think that there is quite a significant number of people in the Adobe community that thinks the same. I think you should make the decision of leaving it and enhancing it. Best,

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Jan 25, 2023 Jan 25, 2023

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The decision is explained by Adobe in the link, two posts above yours. I've linked it here again:

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/kb/3d-faq.html

 

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