Photoshop "forgets" which open image I am working on.

  • 1
  • Problem
  • Updated 6 years ago
When I have multiple images open in Photoshop the program seems to "forget" which one I am working on. I must click on each image that is open one at a time (in any order, and it must be all of them), before the program will let me resume work on the original image. This happens most frequently when making complicated selections using the Polygonal Lasso tool. In that case Photoshop will stop drawing the selection lines on screen but will continue to track where I click invisibly. If I double click or otherwise close the lasso the image I am working on snaps to the bottom of my open image stack and I must click each, cycling through them, to get back to my original. If I am in the middle of a complex selection and must scroll the image, Photoshop stops drawing the lasso and the image breaks apart and is replaced with a white field (mind you, it is still accurately tracking where I am clicking it simply no longer shows it). Again, closing the lasso snaps the image to the bottom of the stack.

This problem has existed since Photoshop CS and I have run into it on multiple workstations with different graphics cards, memory configs, etc.

Anyone have a clue what the deal is?
Photo of Gregory Hancock

Gregory Hancock

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
  • frustrated

Posted 6 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 813 Reply Likes
I don't think I've heard of that problem before, and certainly something that existed that long would be noticed by other users.

The failure to draw sounds a lot like a video card driver problem.
Have you updated the driver from the GPU maker's website?