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Render Lighting Effects not working?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 25, 2019 Dec 25, 2019

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I have been trying to add a lighting effect to an image, but whenever I go to filters>render>lightingeffects it pulls up a black screen. I've found that turning up the ambience lets me at least see the image, but beyond that nothing works. All the other sliders seem to have zero effect on the image. I've updated by graphics card, made sure I was working in 8 bit channel and RGB, I've even ticked the legacy compositing box. I'm using windows. I've been searching all night for answers and cannot find any. Is there anything that I'm missing? Is anyone else experiencing this issue? Please help!

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 25, 2019 Dec 25, 2019
Hold down the Alt key in the Lighting effects dialog and you will see the Cancel button change to Reset. Click on Reset and restart Ps for good measure. If that does not work, Reset Photoshop Preferences as shown below.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 25, 2019 Dec 25, 2019

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Hold down the Alt key in the Lighting effects dialog and you will see the Cancel button change to Reset. Click on Reset and restart Ps for good measure.

 

If that does not work, Reset Photoshop Preferences as shown below.

Reset Prefs CC 2015.png

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2019 Dec 26, 2019

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Thanks so much, it's finally working!

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New Here ,
Nov 11, 2021 Nov 11, 2021

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Same problem here.This is not working for me....plz help

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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Hi, there is the solution to try an older version of Photoshop: https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2019-direct-download-links.html

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New Here ,
Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021

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Cool it works after this! Thanks! Of course I had to waste 30 minutes with this and fixing a basic feature that should have worked in the first place (Hey Adobe 🙂 ) but at least there was a forum thread about it with the fix. Thanks again

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2019 Dec 26, 2019

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Hi

If the reset described by gener7 does not work , then you might want to add your comments to the bug report here:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop-lighting-effects-does-not-work-dire...

Dave

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 19, 2020

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But I would also try to update to Ps 21.1, that fixes a problem with the lighting effects on canvas controls: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/fixed-issues.html#photoshop-desktop-fixed-issues

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

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They have NOT fixed this issue with the 21.1 update.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2020 Mar 28, 2020

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Hello, it was another Bug, but 21.1.1 release ntoes does list the black lighting effects: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/fixed-issues.html#photoshop-desktop-fixed-issues

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

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This link worked!!! Richard King posted that we should turn off "Show Transform Controls" and then restart Photoshop. That obscure workaround is what actually worked!

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Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

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But unfortinitly with 21.1 it isn't resolved and when speaking to Adobe about it they said they ahve not fixed it yet and are working on it still.  This is as 5min ago.  I'm glad that workaround works but being the "Show Transform Controls" needs to be off is a real bummer 🙂 lol.  like sucks bad.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 28, 2020 Mar 28, 2020

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Hello, try 21.1.1 as its release notes does list the black lighting effects: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/fixed-issues.html#photoshop-desktop-fixed-issues

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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Lighting effects has become very buggy. It works on my MacBook, but not on my iMac. I've tried all of the measures detailed in various places in the Adobe Support Community, and have gone through lengthly troubleshooting sessions with support reps, but continue to experience the same problems. The solution here is to ditch Photoshop, at least for lighting effects, and buy a copy of Affinity Photo, which costs $54.99 (period—no monthly payments) and has a lighting effects filter which is arguably better than Photoshop's, and which actually works.

 

Adobe recommends buying a suite of their new Substance 3D products, costing $19.99 and $39.99 per month, depending on what you need—they are not included in the Creative Cloud Suite, and no discount is offered for Creative Cloud users. It's unclear to me whether those products even permit you to apply lighting effects to a 2D image. 

 

Adobe is a monopoly, and behaves accordingly.

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