Photoshop CC 2019: Color Blend Mode displays wrong colors; sometimes crashes

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The color blend mode is broken in CC2019  r.24

Open a new document in 16 bit Adobe RGB profile

Fill layer with 50% grey
Add new layer and fill with a straw color (R214 B 212 G173 in Adobe RGB)
Change blending mode to color


Result is green
Expected result - darker straw color

Workaround - enable legacy compositing
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Mauricio Rios

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I'm also having the same problem!
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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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I cannot seem to reproduce the issue. 
Adobe Photoshop Version: 20.0.0 20180920.r.24 2018/09/20: 1193433  x64
Operating System: Mac OS 10.12.6
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I'm also having this issue. Only on my Windows machine (Win 10 Home, v1803, OS 17134.345) . On Mac OS 10.13.6, it works as expected. 
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Mauricio Rios

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I enabled the option: legacy composition and restarted Photoshop!
Edit / Preferences / Performance Menu .....
with me worked correctly without bugs
Source: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2547771
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Artur Kizim

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thx, man! I am specially registered to say thanks!
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Ged Traynor

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I was player around with what Dave mentioned above, after messing around with the blending modes changing them to different blend modes and just clicking on different options I noticed after a while they wouldn't change on the fly.
After they stop updating on the fly I noticed that zooming in and out doesn't work, this a is document zoomed in at 12800% as you can see the image hasn't zoomed in


And then when I go to Image > Image size Photoshop would crash, I was able to reproduce this quite easily


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I can confirm this. Its easy to replicate on larger files. (i use a A3 Document in 600dpi havent testet the exact size when it breaks) When im using a smaller file (around 500px x 500px 72dpi) the zoom doenst break.
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Can't  seem to replicate, however I'd like to know what changed in Photoshop's compositing engine.

System specs:


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Ged Traynor

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As mentioned enabling legacy compositing in preferences fixes for me too, no crashes and blending modes update on the fly and zoom works again
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David Converse

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Just reproduced on Windows 7, and as a bonus, Photoshop crashed after I cycled through a few blend modes. The image never updated but the Navigator did. Crash report sent.
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I have exactily the same problem also.  Windows 10.

1. Background layer
2. New layer fill with 50% gray, blend mode normal
3. New layer filled with solid color.

As soon as you hover over the blendmodes, Photoshop freezes.



As you can see on the picture above. No layer is selected but an image appears.

This is reproducible.


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Did you try the workaround proposed in this thread? Does it still have issues when "Legacy Compositing" is checked? 

Preferences > Performance > Legacy Compositing



Post your system specs as well to help Adobe employees debug this. Such as graphics card info, os version, etc.
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Yes, works ok with Legacy Compositing turned on.

Here are my system specs:
Windows 10 Family 64bits
Dell XPS 8910 with 16Gb of memory
Intel Core i7 6700
Graphic card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.
1 SSD with 256 Gb
1 Harddisk with Capacity    1863 Gb





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I actually tried something like you described and it definitely produces strange results, though no crash on my end. If there's a color fill layer set to the Color blend mode and it's above a gray clouds layer, nothing happens even when it should. If another color fill layer is above that and its blending changes, either by different mode or opacity, then the results update to show the color blend mode for the previous layer working. But any redraw that happens on that layer causes the blend to be reverted back to the non-functioning one.
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I've exactly the same problem: https://youtu.be/1sGyoe3lR0o
What I tried so far:
  • uninstall video drivers with DDU;
  • reset PS preferences;
  • uninstall PS and cleaned everything with the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool.
nothing worked. The application also crash without trace in the Event Viewer, I've sent 3 or 4 crash report in the past hours.

It happens with or without GPU enabled.
Using the "Legacy Compositing" solves this immediately.

I'm on Windows 10 1803 (build SO 17134.345), Intel i7 4770, ASUS Strix GTX 1080 with latest nVidia drivers (416.34).

Hope this helps to understand what the problem is.

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The adjustment layer blend mode 'Color' isn't working properly.

I have both CC 2018 and CC 2019 installed on my Windows 10 System and the adjustment with solid colour using the 'Color' blend mode works correctly in CC 2018 but not in CC 2019.

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

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?

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

Here's my OS specs

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

(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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It happens to me too.  Seems to happen any time the blend mode is set to Color, regardless of what kind of layer it is.  Interestingly enough, it sometimes shows up just fine at different zoom levels, but when I save the file Lightroom also shows the green squares in the image in my catalog. I hope this gets fixed soon because I'm assuming the new compositing is for faster performance!
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I'm getting this too. I opened a PSD for a previous project and found my colors all wrong. I don't know what the new compositing engine is doing, but I don't like how the color blend mode has been affected. As other users have stated, it doesn't lead to predictable results.
I'll enable Legacy Compositing as well, but only to get through my current project.
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Rosa

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I'm not happy about this either. Hopefully there's a fix soon.
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Carlos TheArtist Gomez

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I just discovered the bug involving the blending modes (color) just now. ;(
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Kristen Immoor

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I'm having the same issue whenever a "color" or "hue" blend is applied to any object, shape, or layer, either as a layer or a layer style, in new projects and previously completed projects. Enabling legacy compositing fixes the issue.
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...Updated to add I'm running
Win 10 64bit;
Intel Core i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz;
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, driver 24.21.13.9924
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I understand that new compositing engine (which is on by default in Ps CC 2019) can provide faster or improved compositing but it does not work with all video cards or GPUs yet which — is why the Legacy Compositing option is provided.

New Compositing works for me with both the Radeon HD 5770 and the Intel Iris cards — both my MacPro 2010 and my MBP-r are running on High Sierra.

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Koen De Clerck

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I'm having the same problem with the color blending mode.  Green with a few unaffected stripes. 

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Solid color overlay problem in Photoshop 2019.

When I select an area of an image, and turn that into a solid color overlay, and then change the blend mode to "Color", the colors are wrong. My image is RGB and I have selected filled pixels (not an empty area):
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Engineering is working on a fix for this issue.  The workaround is to go to Preferences > Performance... and check "Legacy Compositing"

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/known-issues.html#Colorblendmodes
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Thanks Jeffrey
Dave
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Layer Blending freezes layout.

When I change one layer blend mode, the layout freezes and I have to restart Photoshop. I'm using the new version Photoshop CC 2019.
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I have the same problem with the hue and color blend modes.  The incorrect color is applied. Windows 10 on an HP Xeon workstation Z230.  Clicking the legacy compositing engine fixed the issue.
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As mentioned enabling legacy compositing in preferences fixes for me too. Updates immediately after change.  (Windows10 user)

.  All my blue color overlay layers on previously made and reused files were turning to pink.  Other layer styles also seemed quite different or "more strong".    

Please Adobe, Update the Photoshop update to correct this so we don't need to check yet another legacy checkbox every time we install fresh or lose our prefs.    If this was a purposeful change, I think a heads up and explanation of future direction would have been required to all your clients. As this is a significant change if not just a bug.

As always, I appreciate the community who solved this and shared the workaround before I ran into it.
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Official Response
Please update to Photoshop CC 20.0.1. it should correct this issue.

This update includes fixes to some of the top customer reported issues among other bug fixes. 

See what’s fixed

To update Photoshop CC to 20.0.1, click "Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop app next to Photoshop CC. More detailed instructions for updating