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Photoshop freezes when opening curve adjustment + color picker

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Dec 13, 2019 Dec 13, 2019

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Hi!

 

When I open a curve adjustment on an alpha channel, with another curve adjustment layer selected and having a color sample created with color picker, photoshop freezes and I'm forced to quit.

It may be not a common combination but happens often and it's been going on through several versions.

 

I'm working on a Mac Pro (Late 2013 - MacOS Catalina 10.15.2) with the latest Photoshop CC version (21.0.2)

 

Looking forward a solution.

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Jan 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2020

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Same here. Trying to use a curve on an alpha channel and the curve locks up and you can't escape the curve dialogue box. As noted above, it only happens when an adjustment layer is targeted in the layers palette. If I select a pixel layer and then run the curve on alpha channel it's fine.

 

Mac Pro 2013, Mojave 10.14.6, PS 21.0.3

 

thanks.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2023 Jan 30, 2023

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Please Fix that it happen to all my colleagues, we all have mac studio with OS ventura 13.1 Photoshop 24.1.1

Photoshop freezes with the most used feature of all times: curve.

It's soo sad.

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Aug 14, 2023 Aug 14, 2023

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@ELIJAH THINGS 

Perhaps try a thorough reset of Photoshop preferences?

(read this entire post before acting please)

Resetting restores Photoshop's internal preferences, which are saved when Photoshop closes.

If they become corrupt then various issues can occur.

 

Here’s some info on how to do that:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

Manually removing preferences files is the most complete method for restoring Photoshop to its default state: 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html#Manually

 

Manually removing preferences files is the most complete method for restoring Photoshop to its default state. This method ensures all preferences and any user presets which may be causing a problem are not loaded.

  1. Quit Photoshop.

  2. Navigate to Photoshop's Preferences folder.
    macOS: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings
    Windows: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [version]/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

     
    Note: The user Library folder is hidden by default on macOS. To access files in the hidden user Library folder, see How to access hidden user library files.
  3. Drag the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder to the desktop or somewhere safe for a back-up of your settings

  4. Open Photoshop.

     New preferences files will be created in their original location.

 

 

Note re macOS: The user Library folder is hidden by default.

To access files in the hidden user Library folder, see here for how to access hidden user library files.

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html

 

Unexpected behaviour may indicate damaged preferences. Restoring preferences to their default settings is a good idea when trying to troubleshoot unexpected behaviours in Photoshop. check out the video

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html#reset_preferences

 

Learn how to access and modify Photoshop preferences and customise per your frequent workflows

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

 

And here’s an earlier forum discussion as an aid to understanding

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/quick-tips-how-to-reset-photoshop-pre...

 

You may want to backup your settings and custom presets, brushes & actions before restoring Photoshop's preferences.

Here is general info about that:  https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html#BackupPhotoshoppreferences

 

 

Before you reset your preferences

in case of future issues, I suggest you make a copy as Adobe may need one to check problematic references. 

Quit Photoshop.
Go to Photoshop's Preferences folder

Preferences file locations: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/preference-file-names-locations-photoshop.html\


  [on MacOS see: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

  Note for those on macOS: - be aware that the user Library folder is hidden by default on macOS.

  https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html

  In the Finder, open the “Go” menu whilst holding down the Option (Alt) key.

  Library will now appear in the list - below the current user's “home” directory. ]

 

Now you can drag the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder to the desktop or somewhere safe as a back-up of your settings.

 

 

Note for those on macOS:

Preference preservation is affected by macOS permissions,

you’ll need to allow Photoshop ‘Full Disk Access’ in your Mac OS Preferences/Security and Privacy

 

If that doesn't fix the issue:

Go to Preferences > Performance... and uncheck Multithreaded Compositing - and restart Photoshop.

Still hanging? 

Go to Preferences > Performance... click Advanced Settings... and uncheck "GPU Compositing" - then restart Photoshop. 

Do you still have problems?

 

 

 

It may even be time to reinstall Photoshop.

 

It’s recommended that you use the Adobe CC cleaner tool to remove all traces first.

(See above about preserving preferences though! It’s worth preserving them unless they are corrupted.)

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/cc-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html

Uninstall Photoshop BUT make sure to choose the option “Yes, remove app preference”.

 

Once that process finishes, start the installation process and look into the “Advanced Options”. Uncheck “Import previous settings and preferences” and choose to “Remove old versions”.

 

I hope this helps

neil barstow, colourmanagement net :: adobe forum volunteer

google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2023 Aug 17, 2023

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Thanks we will try to reset preferences, honestly my colleague aren't screaming so often anymore but sometimes someone still do it loudly ahhahahaha

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Jan 30, 2023 Jan 30, 2023

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So far, i.m not able to replicate here on a Mac Studio macOS Ventura 13.2 and photoshop 2023 (ps version 24.1.1

 

Maybe if you included some screens shots or a video of the layers and channels panel and how exactly using curves makes photoshop freeze we would have better luck.

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Aug 11, 2023 Aug 11, 2023

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Same here.  Using Adobe Photoshop Elements on Ventrua 13.4.1.  I can move the 'Adjust Color Curves box around on the screen, but cannot select anything in the program.  Having to force quite and lose a lot of time and work!

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Aug 14, 2023 Aug 14, 2023

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@lesliea18694554 Hi, Please post that observation into the Elements forum, you'll likely get some specific help there:

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-elements/ct-p/ct-photoshop-elements?page=1&sort=latest_repl...

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net - adobe forum volunteer - co-author: 'getting colour right'
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management

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