In Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6, you can use a compatible graphics processor (also called a graphics card, video card, or GPU) to speed up the task of adjusting images in the Develop module.
- 64-bit OS versions only
- OpenGL 3.3 and later
- Camera Raw currently doesn't take advantage of more than one graphics processor. Using two video adapters does not enhance performance.
- Graphics processors running under virtual machines are not tested or supported.
- When you launch Lightroom, it runs a test on the graphics card. If the test fails, the graphics card is disabled even if it meets the minimum requirements. Walk through the troubleshooting steps to try to resolve the error. Some graphics cards, despite meeting the minumum requirements, may never be compatible with Lightroom for graphics acceleration.
- 1 GB of VRAM (Video RAM, or RAM on the video adapter). 2 GB of dedicated VRAM is suggested for large, high-resolution (such as 4K and 5K) monitors.
- OpenGL 3.3. If you're not sure if OpenGL 3.3 is fully supported by your card, contact the manufacturer.
Graphics cards produced in the last two years that meet the minimum system requirements above should work.
- For AMD cards, consider using the Radeon R9 series of cards, such as the R9 270 thru 290.
- For NVIDIA cards, consider using a card from the GeForce GTX 760+ line (760, 770, 780, ...) or from the GeForce GTX 900 series
- For Intel cards, Intel HD Graphics 4400+, 5000+, 510+, P530, Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 6100+, P6300, P580 or later are required
- AMD Radeon HD 6000M series
- Intel HD 3000/4000
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9400M
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 120/GT 130
- NVIDIA GeForce 210
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT/GS
- NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800
- NVIDIA GeForce NVS 3100M
When Lightroom is able to use the GPU, you'll find that the Use Graphics Processor checkbox is selected in Preferences > Performance.
- Lightroom > Preferences > Performance
- Edit > Preferences > Performance
To determine your graphics card make and model, launch Lightroom and choose Help > System Info to view the information for your graphics processor.
- The image area in the Develop module is all blue or all white.
- Lightroom crashes on launch, crashes or freezes in general, or slows unexplainably.
- Moving basic develop sliders causes image brightness to flicker or shift colors unexpectedly
- The message "Graphics processor acceleration has been disabled due to errors" appears under the Use Graphics Processor checkbox in Lightroom's Performance preferences.
- Image previews and thumbnails look tiled or broken on Windows
- Update Lightroom. Choose Help > Updates.
- Update your graphics card driver.
- Disable third-party graphics accelerators. Third-party GPU overclocking utilities and haxies aren't supported.
- (Mac OS) Disable Automatic graphic switching on the Energy Saver tab in the System Preferences.
- Replace your graphics card with a newer, compatible graphics card.
- Clear the Use Graphics Processor checkbox in Preferences > Performance.
If you can't launch Lightroom, or Lightroom crashes before you can clear the Use Graphics Processor checkbox, here's how to manually disable this preference:
- Navigate to %appdata%\Adobe\Lightroom\Preferences\Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs.
- Open the file Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs in TextEdit.
- Change the line useAutoBahn = true to this line: useAutoBahn = false
- Save and close the file Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs.
- Launch Lightroom again.
If you're experiencing any of the issues listed above, or Lightroom isn't accessing your graphics processor and your graphics card meets the minimum system requirements, update the graphics driver.
Graphics drivers are updated via operating system updates. To make sure you have the latest Mac OS updates, choose Software Update from the menu or the Updates tab in the App Store application.
Download the most recent driver directly from your graphics card manufacturer's website:
IMPORTANT: Running Windows Update doesn't update your graphics driver. You must go directly to your card manufacturer's website to check for and download driver updates.
- The Develop module is the only module that currently uses GPU acceleration. Commands and processes outside the Develop module aren't affected. For example, the commands for merging multiple images to create HDR files or panoramas don't use GPU.
- Only the "Main" Lightroom window is accelerated. The "Secondary" window isn't accelerated by GPU.
- Using more than one graphics processor / graphics card doesn't enhance performance.
If you're using more than one graphics card in Windows, your high-end card might not be set as the primary card. To disable the lesser of the two cards, in the Windows Device Manager, right-click the
card's name and choose Disable.
For instructions on how to set a specific card to be the primary graphics card on Windows, consult the graphics card manufacturer's driver documentation.