Photoshop 21.2: Rendering issues with adjustment layers

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I am having the following issues with the June update of Photoshop 12.2.

Processing raw files from camera, I open in Photoshop & then open Levels to use the black & white colour droppers in conjunction with the ALT key (Windows) to set the black & white levels.

The images changes to black or white, depending which dropper I am using, but just freezes instead of becoming darker or lighter, depending which dropper I am using. They do not work at all & I have never had this problem before in all the many years I have used Photoshop. I either have to revert to the Auto button or miss this stage altogether.

To finish my images I use the type tool to title them, reduce the opacity to 40% to make a pleasant grey type rather than a harsh black & finally click 'Flatten Layers' to finish the image. When flattened the type reverts back to 100% black & does not stay grey. To get it to stay grey I have to un-flatten & then re-flatten the image several times before the final image stays grey & I can save it. This has never happened before & the update has obviously upset something.

I hope that these issues can be quickly sorted as it is annoying to have two old, simple features in Photoshop to suddenly start misbehaving after an update which, presumably, should have had no effect on them.
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Lee Tucker

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David Dube

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There should be a new 12.3 update ready for you.
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Lee Tucker

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Thanks for your quick reply David.

Unfortunately I had a bit of finger trouble (or brain fade) when typing my original message.

I should have referred to Photoshop 21.2.0 & not camera raw 12.2. 

I also should have mentioned a further issue. When editing an image in Photoshop 21.2.0 I send it to the plug-in Nik Efex, do some work on it & reopen in PS as a new layer. Turning the new layer on & off should allow me to see the effect of my change but turning the layer off is not now turning it off & I am therefore unable to see the effect of any changes I have made with the plug-in.

I have had the odd thing not working after an update in PS over the years but to discover three issues in five minutes doing basic edits that I have done without any problems for the past ten years or so is rather unbelievable & disappointing. 

I can only hope others have the same issues & Adobe corrects them as soon as possible as simple image editing has now been made very frustrating/difficult for me. 
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Lee Tucker

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I thought I should update my original post to save wasting anyone's time. 

I have solved my problem by resetting my preferences & everything is now working as it should. I have no idea what the update did to my existing preference file.

The only problem now is that I have never had to reset my preferences under any circumstances for longer than I can remember & I can't recall what all my preferences are/were!

You just can't win, can you?
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I suspect it was maybe "Legacy Compositing" being enabled under Preferences > Performance...
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Lee Tucker

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Thanks for the suggestion.

I didn't know what "Legacy Compositing" was but, on checking my preferences I can see that this was not enabled & so would not have been the cause of my problems.

Pleased to say that all continues to be working properly now & that I have taken a copy of my new preference file for safe keeping.

I have also realised that I have a full backup of my computer which I do on a weekly basis, so I will temporarily replace my new preferences file with my original one & see what happens!