Changes to OS and Graphics Processor (GPU) support in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom

Graphics Processor GPU performance boost

Current versions of Camera Raw & Lightroom Classic now leverage Microsoft DirectX 12 on Windows and Apple Metal on macOS for GPU acceleration. This change improves performance, providing a smoother and more responsive experience when editing images.

Requirements for improved GPU acceleration using Direct X 12 and Metal:

Camera Raw & Lightroom Classic:

Lightroom:

  • Lightroom 3.0 or later *
  • macOS: macOS 10.13 or later and the use of a Mac computer that supports Metal. You can find the list of Mac computers that support Metal here:  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205073
  • Windows: Windows 10 (1703) or later.  Make sure your graphics driver is up to date ensure compatibility with DirectX 12: Lightroom GPU Troubleshooting

* Note: Direct X 12 and Metal support is being added later this year with the MAX 2019 release (v3.0). See section below for “Upcoming changes for MAX 2019.”

Upcoming changes for MAX 2019

As we prepare for our next major releases of Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom at MAX 2019, we wanted to give you a heads up on upcoming changes to our System Requirements.

Supported Operating Systems

Camera Raw & Lightroom Classic

  • macOS: 10.13 (High Sierra) or later
  • Windows: Windows 10 (1809) or later, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit,

Lightroom

  • macOS: 10.13 (High Sierra) or later
  • Windows: Windows 10 (1809) or later

End to OpenGL support

The Max 2019 releases of Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom will no longer support legacy graphics acceleration using OpenGL.**

If you do not meet the requirements for improved GPU acceleration using Microsoft DirectX 12 on Windows and Apple Metal on macOS (see “Requirements for improved GPU acceleration using Direct X 12 and Metal” above) you can continue to use Adobe Camera Raw (v11.4.1), Lightroom Classic (v8.4.1) and Lightroom (v2.4.1) until you can upgrade your hardware and/or OS. The free DNG Converter can be utilized for future camera support.

** Note: Photoshop will still support legacy OpenGL acceleration with the MAX 2019 release.

Conclusion

Our team hopes that by providing this information early that it will allow you to make plans now so you can take advantage of the improved graphics acceleration in Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic or Lightroom and manage the upcoming end of life for legacy OpenGL support.


Lightroom Classic GPU FAQ

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/lightroom-gpu-faq.html

Lightroom GPU FAQ

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/kb/lightroom-gpu-faq.html

Lightroom Classic Troubleshooting

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/troubleshoot-gpu.html

Lightroom GPU Troubleshooting

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/kb/troubleshoot-gpu.html

DNG Converter

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/adobe-dng-converter.html

Upcoming changes to Photoshop & Lightroom OS support with macOS 10.15 (Catalina)

At their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC),  Apple announced their decision to end support of 32-bit apps starting with the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina.

What does this mean for Creative Cloud customers?

We are presently working with Apple to officially support the current versions of Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic on macOS 10.15 when it is released later this year.

Current versions of Photoshop (20.x), Lightroom (2.x) & Lightroom Classic (8.x) released at MAX October 2018 are 64-bit applications with 64-bit licensing and installer components which can be installed and activated on macOS 10.15 beta for your own testing purposes. NOTE: Running on beta OSes is not officially supported.

Known Issues

Notes on Photoshop: Droplets made in Photoshop 20.x or later create 64-bit droplets that can run on macOS 10.15. If you have droplets created in prior versions of Photoshop, they will no longer run in macOS 10.15. We are investigating a way to convert 32-bit droplets into 64-bit droplets.

Notes on Lightroom Classic: Lightroom Classic currently uses a component to playback video that is still 32-bit. Our plan is to update this component to 64-bit prior to the release of macOS 10.15.

The Adobe DNG Converter and DNG Profile Editor are currently 64-bit. Len Profile Creator is currently 32-bit, but we are investigating updating it to be a 64-bit utility.

The ExtendScript Toolkit, which is a 32-bit application, will no longer work on macOS 10.15. This tool is being replaced by ExtendScript Debugger 1.1.0

If you have prior Creative Cloud versions of Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic installed, e.g. Photoshop CC 2018 (19.x), Lightroom (1.x) or Lightroom Classic (2015.x), we suggest that you stick with macOS 10.14 if you want to continue with these versions.

What does this mean for legacy/perpetual versions of Adobe software?

Older perpetual versions of our software were not designed, nor tested, to work on macOS 10.15 and are not supported in any way for use on macOS 10.15.

We do not recommend that customers using old versions of Adobe Software update to macOS 10.15.

Old products use 32-bit licensing components and installers and therefore cannot be installed and activated after upgrading to macOS 10.15. While upgrading to macOS 10.15 with these products installed may allow them to function in some capacity, you will not be able to reinstall or activate the software after the upgrade.

Customers may want to uninstall all these old versions prior to upgrading to macOS 10.15, as the uninstaller will not work after upgrading. The Adobe Cleaner Tool can be used to remove Adobe software on macOS 10.15.

Conclusion

Our team hopes that by providing this information early that it will allow you to make plans now so you can take advantage of Photoshop & Lightroom on macOS 10.15 Catalina when it’s officially released later this year. After the official release of macOS 10.15, we will provide a list of any know compatibility issues with the current versions of our software. We also strongly recommend that customers do their own testing on a non-production partition to ensure that new operating systems work with their current hardware and drivers (printing, etc).

Photoshop & Lightroom compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave

Please see the following document for compatibility between Photoshop and macOS 10.14 Mojave:

Photoshop and Mojave | macOS 10.14

Please see the following document for compatibility between Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic and macOS 10.14 Mojave:

Lightroom and Mojave | macOS 10.14

For general CC compatibility, see:

macOS 10.14 Mojave compatibility FAQ | Creative Cloud

Upcoming Changes to Photoshop and Lightroom OS Support for Windows and macOS

As we prepare for our next major releases of Photoshop, Lightroom Classic CC, Bridge, and Camera Raw, we wanted to give you a heads up on upcoming changes to our System Requirements.

To take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies, the next major releases of Photoshop, Lightroom Classic CC, Bridge, and Camera Raw will not support Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607, and macOS 10.11 (El Capitan).

Note: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit will continue to be supported, the exception being Lightroom CC which currently requires Windows 10 Version 1511 or later.

If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607 or macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), you can continue to run and install current and previous versions of Photoshop, Lightroom Classic CC, Bridge, and Camera Raw.

Our team hopes that by providing this information early that it will allow you to make migration plans now so you can take full advantage of future Photoshop & Lightroom innovations as soon as they are available.

The Creative Cloud Desktop, which manages application installation and activation, will continue to be supported on Windows 7 or later and macOS X v10.9 or later.

More Information

The Details Behind High-Density Pixels on HiDPI Displays

For many years, all computer monitors had about the same pixel density. This meant that 72 pixels always represented about an inch of physical display, and the UI of all applications (including Photoshop) were designed with that in mind. High-density (HiDPI) displays started to become popular in 2012, and brought with them a new challenge: if a monitor is twice as dense (a scale factor of 200%, or 144 pixels per inch) then the UI of Photoshop will become twice as small. If it is even more dense, the problem only gets worse and the UI smaller. Today, it is difficult to find a laptop that isn’t HiDPI. On the desktop, we commonly see very high resolutions at 4k, 5k, and 8k. To solve this problem on macOS, we took advantage of Apple’s pixel doubling technology and were able to support a 200% scale factor on Retina displays back in 2012. Windows, however, has a much broader set of hardware options and pixel densities, and required a more complex (and more difficult) solution.

Today we are shipping support for Windows high density monitors in Photoshop 19.1. I hope it improves your experience with Photoshop on HiDPI monitors as much as it has mine.

For more information about the complete release and all the features it included, go here.

Jerry Harris
Principal Scientist, Photoshop

Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 (May 2017) Update Now Available

Photoshop 2017.1.1 Update (May 2017 – 05/02/2017)

05/02/2017 – Today we released Photoshop CC 2017 update version 2017.1.1 (Mac and Windows) to address several issues.

Customer reported issues resolved

How to get the updates

Give us feedback!

Once you’ve updated to the newest version of Photoshop, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. The quality of Photoshop wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can provide feedback:

Thanks!

Photoshop CC 2017.1 (April 2017) Update Now Available

Photoshop 2017.1 Update (April 2017 – 4/05/2017)

4/05/2017 – Today we released Photoshop CC 2017 update version 2017.1 (Mac and Windows) to address several issues.

Customer reported issues resolved

How to get the updates

How to confirm that the Update worked:

Give us feedback!

Once you’ve updated to the newest version of Photoshop, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. The quality of Photoshop wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can provide feedback:

Thanks!

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Photoshop & Lightroom compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra

Adobe has tested Photoshop CC 2017 and Lightroom CC 2015.7/6.7 running on macOS 10.12 (Sierra).

 

For details on known issues and workarounds, see:

Adobe strongly recommends that customers update Photoshop 2017 and Lightroom to 2015.7/6.7 prior to updating to macOS 10.12 (Sierra).

Older versions of Photoshop and Lightroom were not designed, nor extensively tested to run on macOS Sierra. We strongly recommend that customers do their own testing on a non-production partition to ensure that new operating systems work with their current hardware and drivers (printing, etc). You may wish to remain on an older version of the OS that is compatible with prior versions of our software.

If you do encounter issues that are not already documented, feel free to report them on our feedback site.

Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 Update Now Available

Photoshop 2015.5.1 Update (8/8/2016)

8/8/2015 – Today we released Photoshop CC 2015.5 update version 2015.5.1 (Mac and Windows) to address several issues.

Customer reported issues resolved

How to get the updates

How to confirm that the Update worked:

Give us feedback!

Once you’ve updated to the newest version of Photoshop, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. The quality of Photoshop wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.

Here are a few ways that you can provide feedback:

Thanks!