Since the new update, when I go to filter and lighting effects, you no longer see any options to move or change the lighting direction or size for the point lights. WHat happened?
The same things happening to me
GPU functions are changing in Photoshop. Driven by OpenGL being deprecated in operating systems (or removed in the case of MacOS), Adobe are rewriting GPU graphics function to use the more modern Direct X and Metal. That is good for us in the long term but a massive undertaking for Adobe as it means rewriting the functionality at the very core of Photoshop.
3d and Render Lighting Effects, which is based on the same 3D engine, still use the Open GL GPU functions. So to use them you will need to go to Preferences >Technology Previews and check "Deactivate Native Canvas". Then close and restart Photoshop.
I should have posted. I read your reply to someone else about this same issue and made the change. Thank you.
You're welcome 🙂
Did you restart Photoshop after checking it? (Note that is checking Deactivate Native Canvas not unchecking it)
"Deactivate Native Canvas" did NOT work. Instructions followed precisely. Multiple program restarts AND reboots as well. Only reverting to 22.2 put me back in business. The computer is less than a year old.
MacBookPro16,1 / 8-Core Intel Core i9, 2.3 GHz
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB, L3 Cache: 16 MB
64 GB memory
I've had continual problems since 22.4.0 and 22.4.1, and every recommendation has been an iteration of "turn off <an item> in Preferences" and restart. Yesterday, my Lighting Effects worked. Today, they don't. It shows as available under Filters, but when you use it, there are no handles, tools, nothing. And last night, files opened this way, like a CAPTCHA puzzle pic:
I've tried all the suggestions several times. I've repeatedly restarted Photoshop, I've logged out, I've even restarted my maxed-out MacBook Pro 2020. Nothing works. At this point, to finish some work I started last week, I'll have to turn off auto updates and try reverting to an older version that worked. I have no idea what else to try.
I have the same problem
Had the same two problems! Lighting Effects greyed out no matter whate graphics settings and having that Technology Previews checked as well as the weird "puzzle" look when opening a PSD with multiple layers and smart objects. I've reinstalled twice. I've also once got the Lighting Effects to show after resetting Preferences. But then the same problem returned after modifying some preferences (not related to the Lighting Effects issue).
Same problem. If I click deactivate, Lighting Effects are grayed out. And if I don't deactivate I, too, get crazy screens. Sigh, once again I have to go back to an earlier version.
Why are we paying subscription fees when the newer versions are unusable?!
Same problem and I've tried all of the suggestions given, but nothing is working. Very frustrating.
Up until yesterday installing PS 22.4.2 corrected the problem -- and it seemed to be permanent. Sadly, after returning to my iMac I saw that the application, in fact, the whole system had apparently crashed! There was an error message about the CC app having some issue. So, allowed the update to the CC App. However, after updating that app and opening PS, things were back to "normal" malfunctioning!! -- images opened with tile effect, lighting effects greyed out -- whether or not the Deactivate Native Canvas was checked or not. In fact, if unchecked, Lighting Effects was available, but completely useless --just a splotch of black, no handles, etc. Then, shortly PS crashed!!! Attaching first part of log file here:
Process: Adobe Photoshop 2021 
Path: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 2021/Adobe Photoshop 2021.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Photoshop 2021
Identifier: Adobe Photoshop 2021
Version: 22.4.2 (22.4.2)
Code Type: X86-64 (Native)
Parent Process: ??? 
Responsible: Adobe Photoshop 2021 
User ID: 501
Date/Time: 2021-06-11 12:21:52.202 -0400
OS Version: macOS 11.4 (20F71)
Report Version: 12
Anonymous UUID: AE7DD6ED-1AE4-FFCD-0DE6-734566F6D562
Time Awake Since Boot: 2400 seconds
System Integrity Protection: enabled
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000000000000
Exception Note: EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY
Termination Signal: Segmentation fault: 11
Termination Reason: Namespace SIGNAL, Code 0xb
Terminating Process: exc handler 
VM Regions Near 0:
__TEXT 1018c5000-10878d000 [110.8M] r-x/r-x SM=COW /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 2021/Adobe Photoshop 2021.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Photoshop 2021
Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x0000000101cd06bf 0x1018c5000 + 4241087
1 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x0000000101ccfa09 0x1018c5000 + 4237833
2 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x000000010491d21a 0x1018c5000 + 50692634
3 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x000000010490ceeb 0x1018c5000 + 50626283
4 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001049dd721 0x1018c5000 + 51480353
5 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001049c8058 0x1018c5000 + 51392600
6 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001049c8164 0x1018c5000 + 51392868
7 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001048c8e7d 0x1018c5000 + 50347645
8 com.adobe.ps.spaces 0x0000000122a6d065 PG_SendEventOverride(objc_object*, objc_selector*, NSEvent*) + 261
9 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff233905fd -[NSApplication _handleEvent:] + 65
10 com.apple.AppKit 0x00007fff22f2025e -[NSApplication run] + 623
11 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001048c9952 0x1018c5000 + 50350418
12 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001048cbc0a 0x1018c5000 + 50359306
13 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001049c892c 0x1018c5000 + 51394860
14 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x000000010445fda8 0x1018c5000 + 45723048
15 com.adobe.Photoshop 0x00000001018caf09 0x1018c5000 + 24329
16 libdyld.dylib 0x00007fff20652f5d start + 1
I've posted on this issue with repeated and detailed reports. The only success I've had is reverting to 22.2 where Render > Lighting Effects works. I saw the 22.4.2 "Update Available" and almost installed it. I'm sorry for your troubles, but you saved me from wasting more time.
A friend who works with a well-known digital-media publishing company tipped me off to the 22.2 solution. His entire company reverted to 22.2 and won't update Photoshop because of this issue.
This reminds me of an unintentionally funny 1970s Ford Thunderbird recall letter. It advised that the rear transaxle could separate if you drive the car. Note the wording, "if you drive the car." And why did Ford think someone would buy a car? Godfrey Daniels!
It also reminds me of an old radio-comedy bit we did back in the '80s, with Soviet Network News correspondent Biff Stroganoff, reporting from Chernobyl: [heavy cartoon Russian accent] "Everything is fine here, especially near the power plant. Back to you."
I await an Adobe fix, but with dwindling hope.
Enjoyed the Thunderbird tale!! And thanks for sharing the tip from your friend.
I won't try to duplicate @marzo19's 22.4.2 crash, I need to work. That Lighting Effects remains broken is a critical problem. I'm no longer experimenting with new releases, Adobe should be doing that with their own employees' computers. Do "in-house field tests" on many of those computers before asking users to be a laboratory. I used to enjoy being a pioneer on new releases, but I'm joining the settlers. Let somebody else get shot full of arrows first, it's happening over and over with these Photoshop updates.
I agree! Providing the latest (not fully tested) ain't the greatest!!