Photoshop CC 2019: Layer effects slightly broken

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Layer effects are slightly broken in Photoshop CC 2019. The image doesn't depict exactly how an effect looks. So f.example if you have a layer of small dots in a high resolution image and add glow, the glow will look different depending on how much you zoom out the image. Also some times the effects are cut of in certain areas of the image and some times doesn't update when you make a change on some of the effects. This was not an issue before CC 2019. I have experienced this on two machines now and also completely re-installed one machine and the problem still exists, so it's most likely a bug in the software.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Any chance to have screenshots of this? Have you tried to swich to the legacy rendering engine in preferences?
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The main issue it not the big square box bug but the fact that effects shows wrong end result. This is kind of hard to visualize without a video, but it's very easy for the developing team to  replicate. Simply make a layer with a lot of white dots, with glow over some other latyer. then zoom in and flatten, then the end result in flattened mode will be the same. But zoom far out, the further you zoom out the more different it is until flattened. So that you end up tweaking the the effect parameters wrong according to the end result you want. 
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Hi Joachim. I had the same issue and changing options in Preferences>Performance to 'Legacy Compositing' fixed it for me. Good luck!
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Hi, thanks for letting me know :) I will try when I experience the problem again. Though changing to legacy isn't a great solution though, since you loose a lot of the GPU enhanced features. 
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Legacy Compositing doesn’t disable GPU. It just doesn’t use the new, more modern Compositing pipeline.
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ah ok thanks!
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Can you post an example file? Many aspects of an image can change when flattening at zooms other than 100% will change in appearance - and this has been the case from the beginning of Photoshop. Since you say what you're seeing is a new behavior in 2019, I'd like to have a file so we're comparing the same thing.
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I will make sure to record next time the problem appear. It seems better after the latest photoshop update. In the first version of cc2019 it was much more prominent, I had to in one incident hide and unhide effects for them to show the update. Maybe it has been fixed in the latest gpu drivers or photoshop update (?)
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks. A screen recording and a file to replicate would be most useful!
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Let me know if checking Legacy Compositing fixes it for you. If so, we've fixed a number of issues with modern compositing that will be out in am update in the very near future.
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Hi, just wanted to share a video now that I experience the same problem again
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And just to let you know, reverting to legacy compositing fixes the issue. What are the benefits of the new compositing ?
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Benefit is(will be) that Adobe will be able to create new layers related features more easily and perhaps some performance improvements. If you are writing same code for 20 years sometimes you need to do a code cleanup and simplify it.
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Modernization of compositing code to allow for more performance optimizations and cross-platform support (for mobile OSes, etc).