- In Photoshop, choose Photoshop > Preferences > Camera Raw
- In Bridge, choose Adobe Bridge > Camera Raw Preferences
- In Photoshop, choose Edit > Preferences > Camera Raw
- In Bridge, choose Edit > Camera Raw Preferences
Camera Raw can use a compatible graphics processor (also called a video adapter, video card, or GPU) to speed up several operations.
This document covers Camera Raw specifically. For details on Photoshop's use of the graphics processor, see:
To begin with, ensure that your system meets the general Camera Raw system requirements and the minimum system requirements for Graphics Processor (GPU)–accelerated features.
Future versions of Camera Raw will require GPU support to edit photos and use the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop. Camera Raw will still support opening and converting photos without GPU support, but all image and metadata editing tools will be disabled.
No further action is needed if your system automatically supports limited or full acceleration.
View Determine if Camera Raw is accessing the GPU to find out how to check your computer's GPU support in Camera Raw.
If GPU support is disabled, you may be able to allow support by taking these actions:
Camera Raw will support a limited set of features when GPU support is disabled. These include:
Display: Optimize how Camera Raw sends information to your display. This makes Camera Raw more responsive and enables features like animated zoom (scrubby zoom).
Image processing while you edit: Using Process Version 5, most adjustments are GPU accelerated. For example, acceleration can improve how fast you see results as you move the Texture slider. Using the GPU also helps Camera Raw keep up with the demands of 4K, 5K, and larger displays. GPU-accelerated image processing was added in the August 2019 (version 11.4) release.
Open and Save: Camera Raw uses your GPU to accelerate rendering photos to image files when you save one or more photos. When you open or close the Camera Raw filter dialog, Camera Raw can use your GPU to render the image it sends to Photoshop. The April 2022 (version 14.4) release added GPU-accelerated Open and Save.
Select the Performance tab in Camera Raw Preferences to see and customize how Camera Raw uses GPU acceleration for interactive editing. See Determine if Camera Raw is accessing the GPU for more details.
The GPU settings in Photoshop or the Use Software Rendering setting in Bridge preferences do not affect the GPU performance settings in Camera Raw. This means that the GPU related settings in Camera Raw do not change when you switch on or off the GPU related settings in Photoshop, Bridge, or other applications. Conversely, GPU related settings in Camera Raw do not affect other associated applications.
Not using a GPU, GPU driver, and operating system that meets the recommended system requirements.
Other programs that use significant GPU, CPU, and memory resources when you are using Camera Raw. The Activity Monitor (Mac) and Task Manager (Windows) can help you identify other programs that compete with Camera Raw for resources.
On laptops, performance can vary based on your computer’s power management settings like battery saving mode.
When Camera Raw is able to use the graphics processor (GPU), Use Graphics Processor is enabled in Camera Raw preferences. To access Preferences in Camera Raw:
In the Preferences dialog box, select the Performance tab.
The Performance panel displays the name of the available GPU and its available video memory. Below the name of the GPU, the status of GPU acceleration in Camera Raw is displayed. If you cannot view this information, you need to either install a new driver for your GPU or your system does not meet the minimum requirements.
Your system may automatically support limited or full acceleration. If your system automatically supports limited acceleration, you may be able to enable full acceleration when you select Use GPU for image processing in the Custom option.
Acceleration can also be automatically turned off because your system does not support it or due to an error. If acceleration is turned off and an error message appears, then your GPU hardware, driver version, or operating system version may not meet the minimum requirements.
You can turn off GPU acceleration with the Custom option if you observe problems that Camera Raw did not automatically detect.
In Performance, the Use Graphics Processor field has the following options:
See What features in Camera Raw use a GPU to know more about these levels of GPU acceleration.
The make and model of your GPU or video adapter is displayed in the Camera Raw Preferences dialog box. To access this:
If you do not see the make and model in the Camera Raw Preferences dialog box, navigate to the following in your operating system:
(macOS) Click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner and select About This Mac.
(Windows) In Control Panel, select Device Manager > Display adapters.
If Camera Raw isn't accessing your GPU, when it meets the minimum system requirements, then update the graphics driver.
Graphics drivers are updated via operating system updates. Make sure that you have the latest OS updates by checking System Preferences or App Store Updates.
Download the most recent driver directly from your GPU manufacturer's site:
Important: Performing Windows Update does not update your graphics driver. Go directly to your card manufacturer's website to check for driver updates.
Do one of the following:
The user Library folder is hidden by default in macOS X 10.7 and later releases. Use the following directions here. Manually delete the Camera Raw GPU Config.txt file and relaunch Photoshop.
If GPU acceleration is not enabled or not working as expected, use the following troubleshooting guide to resolve the issue. This guide applies to the following versions of Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Lightroom Classic on macOS and Windows:
See the following resources to learn more about the latest versions of Camera Raw and Lightroom:
For Lightroom Classic 8.4 and later and Lightroom 3.0 and later, the technical GPU hardware and software requirements for GPU acceleration are exactly the same as that for Camera Raw:
Open the Camera Raw or Lightroom Preferences dialog box and examine the information it displays. Gather the following information if you want to report a GPU acceleration issue on user forums or to technical support directly:
Collect and send logs to Adobe while reporting problems.
You must quit the app (Bridge, Photoshop, or Lightroom) before you collect the log files.
Logging related to GPU acceleration are written to the same folder for Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Lightroom Classic.
The best way to collect a log about a bug is to:
For example: C:\Users\tester\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Logs
For example: /Users/tester/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw
The tool dxdiag produces a report that can be helpful to the engineering team while investigating problems.
If you see issues, the first thing to do is note the OS version and GPU driver version you have now, try to update to the latest versions, and then see if the problem still persists.
If updating the OS or GPU driver is a fix, report your findings. (For example: "version n doesn't work but n+1 does.")
See Update your graphics driver for instructions.
Using the same methods that you used to find the Logs folder, find the CameraRaw or GPU folder.
If an unhandled, fatal error occurs during GPU initialization, Camera Raw or Lightroom leaves behind a TempDisableGPU3 file (or TempDisableGPU2 in some cases). In the GPU folder, find the subfolder for the application you are using and check for these files.
If a TempDisableGPU2 or TempDisableGPU3 file exists at initialization time, Camera Raw will disable GPU acceleration. This prevents the app from crashing, each time you launch the application.
You can delete the file to run initialization again. If the original failure condition is transient, GPU acceleration may work correctly after deleting the file.
If you find a TempDisableGPU2 or TempDisableGPU3 file, do the following steps: