Photoshop 21.2: Moving layer leaves duplicate/shadow image

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Others have experienced this, too, see 
https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/repeated-object-stays-on-artwork/m-p/11211712?page=1#M33965...

Moving a Layer will leave a shadow if »Legacy Compositing« is checked. (Photoshop 20.2.0 on macOS 10.15.4)


Regards, 
Pfaffenbichler
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Thanks. Will have engineering take a look. The workaround is to make sure "Legacy Compositing" under Preferences > Performance is unchecked. (Note: It's unchecked by default)
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This is one of the worst botched update ever, @Jeffrey!

You guys keep on adding patches over patches instead of fixing things for real. Any bike rider will tell it to you: there are so many holes you can patch on a tire. After a while, there is no more tire, just patches, and that's when your bicycle becomes slow and dangerously instable, with wheels ready to blow at any moment.

If I turn off the Legacy Compositing, then I won't be able to drag-and-copy or drag-and-move paths. Remember? When the previous update fucked up the entire path dragging, copying, and moving, you guys said to turn the legacy compositing on...

I know you peeps at Adobe are trying your best to bring us the best creative digital tools and pipelines, but you need to take care of what is before you try to sell us what could be...
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Totally agree!
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I agree as well! There were multiple issues not working. And my "Legacy Compositing" was checked, not unchecked by default. 
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This is just how Adobe roll, welcome to CC. Having your beta testers (us) pay you for the priviledge must be nice.
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ALTERNATE WORKAROUND:
(because the 'Legacy Compositing' trick doesn't always work)
1) Create a new document with the same dimensions as the glitching document
2) Select all layers, Rt/Click, "Duplicate Layers...", Destination->Document->[New doc from step 1]
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For me this works more often and permanently
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Major bug in the updated select subject. 6/16/2020.

I just updated to the latest Photoshop CC. The new select subject feature has a major bug! When you select a subject, then move it to a different background, then try to move it around it make another copy of the subject!!! This needs to be addressed ASAP! Please help!!
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I am having a similar issue where moving/transforming images and TEXT leave a "ghost" of the original (not shadow). Turning on Legacy Compositing helped a little, but not 100%. Clicking a background layer on/off gets rid of the ghosted text and images. I am on a 2017 iMac with the Radeon Pro 580 8 GB. The Performance prefferences window shows my GPU model and is active.  PS preferences file was reset and a fresh copy installed. No luck. Please help!
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I had this same issue. It seems that turning OFF Legacy Compositing fixes it.
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Turning on Legacy Compositing helped a little,
As Kraeg indicated it might be another issue then, for me this particular problem boiled down to a newly introduced malfunction when Legacy Compositing in on. 
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I've seen it once, restarting Photoshop fixed it.
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Mike Boatright

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did not make it go away for me.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PS CC 21.2.0 text bug.

MacPro 2010, OSX 10.14.6.

When editing a text layer, sometimes the 'old' version stays visible, although it's not in the layers panel. Might be triggered by cropping, not sure. I first saw it after straightening an image using the crop tool, then trying to level the text again.

Three video's of the issue.
1) Issue
2) at first everything is okay, then I use the crop tool and the issue comes up.
3) if you try to select the 'ghost' text, it disappears.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tggqnl43immukeu/Text%20bug%20PS%20CC%202020-1.mp4?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nmh6ubr8mv80kun/Text%20bug%20PS%20CC%202020-2.mp4?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1irhg9dtxuu2dua/Text%20bug%20PS%20CC%202020-3.mp4?dl=0
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled refresh.

With the latest Photoshop update (21.2.0), I have serious problems regarding the visual refresh of the layers after even the slightest modifications. The previous version keeps showing up and everything is messed up.



Most of the times, I have to manually hide and unhide the layers below to make the previous version disappear.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled image display error.

Les calques affichés ne sont pas rafraichis
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 21.2.0: Problem when displaying layers.

Changes are not displayed or are displayed incorrectly when masking or transparency of the top layer.

If I duplicate a layer, for example, and change the opacity on the top, or I apply a mask, or move it, then when the layer is turned on and off, the image contents are not displayed correctly.
For proper display, you have to turn off the visibility of all layers and turn it back on from the bottom in turn.
This makes it impossible to work.

Windows 10 x64 Pro.
Disabling GPU usage does not help.
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Does turning off Legacy Compositing and restarting have any effect? 
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I can't speak for others, but for me I didn't need to restart. Just turning off Legacy Compositing solved it completely.
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Same here.
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For the life of me, I can't find it now, but there was another thread that was a problem I had that said turn Legacy Compositing ON. I think it was performance related.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 21.2.0.

In the brand new Photoshop CC 21.2.0, if I attempt to make a change in a layer or add a layer, all of the layers duplicate themselves until I click the visibility icon of a lower label off and on which makes the duplicate disappear.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Repeated layer stays when moving object.

When I try to move a smart object. A repeated object stays on the screen. This only happens after I've updated it to 21.2.0. Please fix this bug immediately.
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I am having same issue, the turning off Legacy Compsiting, seems to have worked.  Mine was ON by default, btw. I don't remember ever turning it on.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Text and Images leave ghosts when I change them..

Since the most recent update I've been noticing that changes I make aren't always happening as soon as I make them. Yesterday it was graphic related and today it is effecting text layers. It happens with a google font, times new roman AND arial.

It LOOKS like there are two layers but there really is only the one.

Here's what happens if placeholder text is turned on.

 

Here's what it looks like when I change the font size




When I move a shape or resize it, there's also a ghost of it in the original space / size.

I've found the only thing that makes the original text go away is to make a layer invisible and then visible (turn it on and off again). If there is a way to remove this extra step I'd appreciate it. I have to do it after every little change.


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Changing text - previous text still visible (redraw bug).

When using the text tool to change text, the old text is not being correctly redrawn. It stays visible even though it has been replaced. The problem is solved by toggling the layer's visibility (eye icon). 
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I can confirm, that unchecking "Legacy Compositing" fixes the issue. Thank you for your feedback!
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IMPORTANT EXCEPTION and inconsistency:

-For documents created in 21.2: "Legacy Compositing" must be turned OFF

-For documents originally created in earlier versions: "Legacy Compositing" must be turned ON

This usually fixes the ghosting problem, BUT:
If it doesn't, the act of flipping it either way: ON->OFF or OFF->ON
'fixes' the problem.  

*Please* prioritize this glitch, it's grinding my productivity to a halt!
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No that’s some diligent sleuthing! 
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I reverted to the previous version.

NB: Which you should only try if you have your settings on a backup somewhere, because of another bug:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/ps-cc-21-2-0-text-bug?topic-reply-list[settings][filter_by]=all&topic-reply-list[settings][reply_id]=20565398#reply_20565398
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This is my experience too - new files work with Legacy Compositing unchecked, old files only work with flicking between on and off after every layer change. I have had to revert to 21.1.3 to avoid it for now, because it make Photoshop unusable with all my old files.

Have tried everything from resetting all my PS settings to reinstalling my graphics drivers with a completely clean install. Nothing helps. Definitely something to do with Legacy Compositing being messed up IMHO.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Masking changes not updating.

I have the latest version of adobe photoshop, 21.2, and my computer/operating system is catalina Mac OS...  10.15.5...  since downloading the latest photoshop version, when i'm working with layer masks, when i fill or brush within the mask, the real time effects do not show.  They are there because i can see them be painted onto the mask and if i afterwards toggle the layer visibility, they eventually show, so it is a real time rendering issue.  The layer mask is on the top layer, layer is not locked, brush mode is normal and opacity and flow are both 100%... so that rules out the conventional troubleshootings and as i said, if i toggle the layers, they eventually show the effect showing it was there, just not showing it.  Please advise adobe. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Normal preview is ghosting like crazy, Photoshop seems unworkable like this.

After the last Photoshop update (21.2) my Photoshop is nog previewing anything right anymore. It seems it can't even show a simple dragging of layers right without starting to ghost. 

The moment I move a layer (even a simple text layer), it shows the layer double, on the original spot (or very close to it) and the new spot I moved it to. It wil only be visible as it should when my background layer below is made invisible and then visible again.

I'm working on a 2018 MacMini, 3,2 Ghz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 32 GB RAM, Radeon RX 560 (eGPU) with a 4K display connected on the eGPU. MacOS 10.15.5

I've got about 85% of RAM assigned to Photoshop, using the GPU with OpenGL, cashlevel at 6.

A screengrab-video of a Linkedin Mockup I'm working on is attached to show the issue.



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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cannot correctly move an object in latest update version of PSCC.

I have a problem with the latest update for PSCC.  If I move an element (which is on its own layer) I can see that element twice on the document screen, once in its new position and also in its old position.i.e. if I have a circle and move that circle to a new position I can see two circles on the document even though I can only see one circle in the layers panel.  Moving stuff worked perfectly until this update and it still works fine in any of the older versions that I have.  Can you help please?  Thank you.
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Yes, turning off the Legacy Compositing solves the problem for me.   I seem to remember that I turned that on to solve a previous problem but can't remember what that problem was!   Can anyone suggest to me what that previous problem was?  Thanks.
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»that previous problem« doesn’t quite do the issue justice ... there was more than one. 
Two I remember were 
• Layer Styles on Groups got clipped 
• some Blend Mode combinations provided incorrect results
But there might have been more. 

And don’t be too quick with considering turning off »Legacy Compositing« a solution. 
I have experienced intermittent nonsense both with and without GPU usage with the modern Compositing Engine. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled In Photoshop 2020, when I move a picture, there is always a clone stay at the ori....

I'm using the newest version Photoshop. I updated a few days ago. When I try to move an object, there is always a "shadow". See the attachment. You can see in the Layer, there is only one image. 

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled since update to 21.2, when I make a change to a layer, the change isn't reflecte....

If I, say, add a Black & White adjustment layer, the image will change from color to b & w.

But when I tinker w/ sliders, the first change or two is reflected on the image, but then all further edits are not. It's as if the preview of the edits is hung up. If I save, close, and reopen the doc, all of the latest edits are reflected (even those that I couldn't see the moment I made the edit).

So I'm guessing it's a caching issue?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New Layer Difference Mode broken.

I open a (raw image). I (on a Mac) use Cmd-shift-N to create a new layer. In the dialog box I chose Difference as the blending mode. I then attempt to fill the layer with white, which should give be a negative image. Nothing happens. However, if I make that layer invisible, then the layer below it shows up in negative. THis also happens if I create the new layer from the context menu and select Difference at that time.This does NOT happen if I make the new layer with Ctl-Shift-N and then set the blending mode in the Layers panel. It only began with the latest update (21.2.0 on Mojave)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled moved layer won't update - bug.

In version 21.2.0, whenever I have a layer and move it, the original image stays behind as if I hadn't moved it AND the new one goes to where I place it. The only way I've found to update it is to turn a background layer off and back on again. Anyone else running into this?
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The suggested fix from Jeffrey Tranberry resolved it for me:

"The workaround is to make sure "Legacy Compositing" under Preferences > Performance is unchecked."
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unchecking Legacy Compositing definitely improved performance. But not totally solved

Another potential clue:

Since unchecking Legacy Compositing, I can see improvement in seeing my changes reflected live. EXCEPT for the Levels adjustment tool. If I move a slider, the area of the affected image goes gray until i deselect and reselect the adjustment layer.

Curves, gradients, etc., no problems. But layers is a problem
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UPDATE: now getting lags w/ curves layer and Levels layer.

Ugh

Why do I ever update anything?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bug with June 2020 Photoshop update when moving/dragging images and editing text.

I have the June 2020 update for Photoshop on my desktop Mac. When I drag/move an image or edit text, the previous version stays on my canvas, almost as if there's been a new layer created. I have to hide and then unhide the layer to get rid of this "shadow" layer. For example, if I move an image higher on my canvas, it does move, but there is also a duplicate of the image that remains where it was originally. This is very frustrating! Can anyone help?
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Thank you, Jeffrey, for directing me to this thread! Unchecking "legacy compositing" has fixed this issue.
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Here is a link to an excellent two hour long class on the changes made in 21.2 / other parts of Adobe's June update. It is by Ben Wilmore, who is an excellent instructor. I think that review of this material might be helpful for understanding the changes wrought in that Update, many of which have apparently caused considerable anguish!

https://mastersacademy.com/course/june2020updates/
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