Photoshop 2019: Auto-Select any layer below a Gradient layer will automatically jump to the top gradient layer.

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Version: 20.0.0 20180920.r.24 2018/09/20: 1193433 x64 Window

I am doing photography and using gradient layers a lot.

Issue 1a. When I do an autoselect on any layer below the gradient layer, it always automatically jump to the top gradient layer (I have multiple gradient layers). (This is already a problem in older versions). Now, hit v (move) and move with the mouse with the gradient layer still selected, the image becomes black.

Issue 1b: I just realised that when I save it to jpeg, the thumbnail look fine but opening the jpeg file shows just the layers above the gradient. Anything below the gradient is just black.

Issue 2: When I use Action and script, my saved image is black (gradient is back). If I run my JS manually my photo turns out fine. 

Please fix this quickly because all my photos editing flow is messed up. To replicate the issue, just create a three layers doc. Top layer is a gradient with two text layers below it.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Go to Preferences > Performance... and check "Legacy Compositing" and restart Photoshop. Does the problem go away?
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William Ting

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Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for your tip. It seems that it fixes the issue of photoshop painting my photo black. I will do more tests later and see whether the problem really goes away.

Regarding the other issue of not being able to auto select any layer below a gradient layer, I am just wondering whether PS can ignore gradient layer when auto select layer is enabled.