Photoshop CC 2019: Blend Modes not working

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The blend modes Darker Color, Lighter Color, Hue, Saturation, Color and Luminosity aren't working properly when using adjustment layers .

I have both CC 2018 and CC 2019 installed on my Windows 10 System and using any adjustment layer with blend modes works correctly in CC 2018 but not in CC 2019.

For example blending a red or cyan color adjustment layer in blend mode 'Color' produces a grey monochrome effect on the image below. Blending other color adjustment layers in 'Color' blend mode produces weird colours. 

I've also noticed that using other adjustment layers in blend modes Darker Color, Lighter Color, Hue, Saturation, Color and Luminosity produces weird effects as well.

I've followed some threads here in Photoshop Family and enabled Legacy Compositing and that has rectified the problem in CC 2019. Why though?

I don't understand the first thing about Photoshop's compositing engine and why CC 2019 is different so would appreciate it if someone could explain. 

What is the difference between the legacy and non-legacy compositing and will this issue be addressed?

My Graphics driver GeForce GTX 970 is up to date.
The issue is not present in CC 2018 which I still have installed.

Adobe Photoshop Version: 20.0.0 20180920.r.24 2018/09/20: 1193433  x64
Number of Launches: 1225
Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
Version: 10 or greater 10.0.17134.1
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:14, Stepping:3 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, HyperThreading
Physical processor count: 4
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 3 MHz
Built-in memory: 32627 MB
Free memory: 19421 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 29878 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 65 %
Alias Layers: Disabled.
Modifier Palette: Enabled.
Highbeam: Enabled.
Image tile size: 1024K
Image cache levels: 4
Font Preview: Huge
TextComposer: Latin
Display: 1
Display Bounds: top=0, left=0, bottom=1200, right=1920
OpenGL Drawing: Enabled.
OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.
OpenGL Drawing Mode: Advanced
OpenGL Allow Normal Mode: True.

Here's my OS specs

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Version 1803
OS build 17134.345

(10.0, Build 17134) (17134.rs4_release.180410-1804)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
DirectX version: 12.0 
GPU processor: GeForce GTX 970
Driver version: 372.70
Direct3D API version: 12
Direct3D feature level: 12_1
CUDA Cores: 1664 
Core clock: 1215 MHz 
Memory data rate: 7010 MHz
Memory interface: 256-bit 
Memory bandwidth: 224.32 GB/s
Total available graphics memory: 20409 MB
Dedicated video memory: 4096 MB GDDR5
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 16313 MB
Video BIOS version: 84.04.36.00.71
IRQ: Not used
Bus: PCI Express x16 Gen3
Device ID: 10DE 13C2 29783842
Part Number: G401 0010
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Rosa

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Jouni Karppanen

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Adobe doesn't seem to get any update right nowadays... After one new fix done, two previous working things always broken... Not one CC update has been without complications - not single one. 
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Because of 2 bugs I didn't move to CC 2018 from CS6 EXTENDED. I did much for months they fixed them. Finally they took care of one, that later I found not completely, however at least that would not affect my work. Problem was there was still other bug, now it still exists in CC 2019! I can't understand why to release newer version with more bugs if some of them from previous are still not sorted out. I at least hoped when v20 will be released I can smootly move from CS6 EXTENDED to previous CC 2018. Unfortunately not, as they left that in some cases buggy. So after one year I have still to use old CS6 version, as they don't make for better anything in v19 while v20 I wanted to avoid (for same reasons I met previously when changed temporarily to CC 2018) not only doesn't have fixed that I waited but now there are other problems :(
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I know. I've gone back to PS cc 19.1.6. 

I should have known better not to install v 20.0 straight away. 

I waited until they updated cc 19 when some of the bugs were fixed before I installed then.

I know there's nothing wrong with my Graphic Drivers etc. . . This happens every time Adobe releases a new version.

Aren't their beta testers? Or are we the beta testers for Photoshop? I sometimes wonder.

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Kukurykus

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There are some beta testers for sure, but I'm glad like me you found out the true ones are the regular users - be honoured, or like others wait for better times...
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Rosa

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My typo error *there
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Kukurykus

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Loll I can't find where you did your typo in 'there' word. So that is almost like there is no typo ;)
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Rosa

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To this  "Aren't their beta testers? Or are we the beta testers for Photoshop? I sometimes wonder."  Should be there Kukurykus haha.
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Official Response
Please try the following:

Preferences > Performance... and check "Legacy Composting" - Restart Photoshop. Does the blending work correctly?
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This is an information post on the "Blend Modes not working problem."

I am running Ps CC 2019 on a Win 7 64-bit OS. I am experiencing the same issues reported by Rosa and others. After following your suggestion: Preferences > Performance... and check "Legacy Composting" the problem seems to be resolved.

Blend Mode is a significant and powerful Ps capability used by many customers I would guess. It's puzzling that such a conspicuous bug was able make it into a final release.
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Yes Jeffrey, as mentioned in my post I've enabled Legacy Compositing (v 20.0) and blending seems to work correctly but I've gone back to using v19.1.6. I feel more comfortable knowing that everything is working as should be. 

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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OK. Thanks for confirming.
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Rosa

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You're welcome.
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Susan Nelson

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I've updated Photoshop, and enabled Legacy Compositing and the Color Blend modes still doesn't work.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Did you restart Photoshop after changing the pref?
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Susan Nelson

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Yes I did, even restarted the computer
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David Converse

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What new functionality is disabled by switching off the new compositing engine?
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Rosa

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Good question. . . 
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I was able to turn on Legacy and it worked.   Who is "non-Legacy" supposed to work for? It works on NONE of my computers.

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