Editing Spherical in PS 2021 (22.4.1)

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May 23, 2021 May 23, 2021

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I am having real issues rditing spherical panoramas in PS 2021. I have tested on 3 Macbook Pros and 1 Mac Pro. When I go into create new spherical panorama from selected layer teh screen just breaks up and the image is un useable OR the screen just goes blank. If I roll back to PS 2020 all works fine. (once again I willneed to keep 2 versions of PS on my machine). Any Ideas ??

 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 23, 2021 May 23, 2021
Spherical Panorama uses the 3D functions in Photoshop. To use those functions you will need to go to Preferences >Technology Previews and check Deactivate Native Canvas. Then close and restart Photoshop. If that still does not resolve it - then you will need to look at the GPU and drivers on your system. Below is a fuller explaination of why: 1. Adobe are updating the core graphics functions in Photoshop. This is driven by the operating systems of Apple and Microsoft in which the old Open GL f...

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Spherical Panorama uses the 3D functions in Photoshop. To use those functions you will need to go to Preferences >Technology Previews and check Deactivate Native Canvas. Then close and restart Photoshop.

If that still does not resolve it - then you will need to look at the GPU and drivers on your system.

 

Below is a fuller explaination of why:

1. Adobe are updating the core graphics functions in Photoshop. This is driven by the operating systems of Apple and Microsoft in which the old Open GL functions are being removed in the case of Apple, or deprecated in the case of Microsoft. This means that the graphics functions that have worked for years must be rewritten to use Metal and Direct X. At the same time, Adobe are sensibly updating those core functions to deliver the additional speed we require to handle the very large files of today.
2. Led by the changes being made above, Adobe introduced new GPU checks in 23.3.1. Unfortunately, these caused issues and have therefore been revised for v22.4. That means that many GPUs that incorrectly did not work in 22.3.1 will now be seen in 22.4 and will function.
3. Some functionality in Photoshop, such as 3D, still relies on the older Open GL graphics functions. To make these work, an additional preference Preferences>Technology previews>Deactivate Native Canvas has been added. This can be checked and Photoshop restarted to restore 3D functions to where they were in 22.3
4. Unfortunately, the move to update the core graphics functions will mean that some older GPUs will no longer be suitable. If you are using 22.4 and your GPU is still not recognised, first make sure the driver is up to date. If it is and you only have a single GPU enabled ( conflicting GPUs remain an issue) then you could try and force Photoshop to use your older GPU by creating a file PSUserConfig.txt containing the lines:
# Force GPU On
GPUForce 1
Save that text file to :
Windows: [InstallationDrive]:\Users \ [UserName]\ AppData\ Roaming\ Adobe\ [Photoshop_version]\[Photoshop_version]Settings\
macOS: //Users/[UserName]/Library/Preferences/[Photoshop_version]Settings/
Note though that this is requires 22.4 or 22.4.1 and is not officially supported by Adobe, so may cause other issues – so you do it at your own risk

 

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For those who have come across this problem once you change the settings as above you are no longer able to use the 

"new panorama from selected layer" Menu item but you can import panorama and input the correct image dimensions and "Voila" pano editing is back 🙂

Thanks @davescm 

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Its a period of change at the moment between new GPU calls and old. I don't envy the Adobe developers rewriting the core of Photoshop and it's not surprising that we get the odd bump and glitch as they do so - particularly given the wide range of hardware around.

Thanks for adding your own experience and comments - it will help others.

Dave

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Thank you SOOOOO much! I was dumbfounded because it was working the last time I used this function (which was just a couple weeks ago).

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