Is Photoshop compatible?

macOS Big Sur

  • Photoshop 22.x is compatible with macOS Big Sur (version 11) with these known issues
  • Photoshop 21.x and earlier have not been tested for compatibility with macOS Big Sur (version 11)

Apple Silicon

  • Photoshop (Beta) runs natively on Apple devices with M1 processors with these known issues
  • Photoshop 22.x will run under Rosetta 2 emulation mode on Apple devices with Apple Silicon M1 processors with these known issues

Big Sur known issues

The following known issues are specific to macOS Big Sur. 

Important! Until these issues have been resolved, you may want to remain on your current macOS version or test in a non-production partition to ensure all your software and hardware is compatible.

If you do encounter issues not already documented here, feel free to report them on our feedback site.

Freeze while using Save for Web

Issue Workaround

Photoshop freezes when attempting to overwrite a file using Save for Web

Use unique file names when saving with Save for Web.

Crash while using filters

Issue Workaround

Photoshop crashes when you use filters like Flame, Picture Frame, Tree, or Liquify

Uninstall Photoshop and reinstall to the standard installation location.

This crash is a result of the Photoshop installation path being in a custom location that contains non-latin ASCII characters.

Fill with Pattern is disabled

Issue Workaround

The Pattern option is grayed out when choosing Edit > Fill. 

The Photoshop engineering team is investigating a fix for this issue.

Cloud documents sync slowly

Issue Workaround

While syncing Creative Cloud files or cloud documents, one or more files remain in a syncing state for too long or changes do not seem to sync

See Why is file sync not working or appears stuck for Creative Cloud on macOS?

Native Apple Silicon compatibility

  • Photoshop (Beta) runs natively on Apple devices with M1 processors and can be installed via the Beta apps tab in the Creative Cloud desktop app. Beta versions of of Adobe apps are provided solely for early feedback.
  • You must be on a device with Apple Silicon and have Creative Cloud desktop version 5.3.1.470 or later for this beta to be visible.
The Beta apps tab in the Creative Cloud desktop app version 5.3.1.470 or later on an Apple Silicon device
The Beta apps tab in the Creative Cloud desktop app version 5.3.1.470 or later on an Apple Silicon device

Native compatibility issues

For the latest on features and limitations of the current Photoshop (Beta), see Photoshop (Beta) Release Notes.

To provide feedback and report issues, please visit the Photoshop (Beta) community.

Rosetta 2 emulation compatibility

Photoshop 22.x will run under Rosetta 2 emulation mode on Apple devices with Apple Silicon M1 processors.

 

Emulation compatibility issues

Export As and Generator can't export some file formats

Issue Workaround

When exporting using Export As or Generator, you cannot export some formats (SVG, GIF)

The Photoshop engineering team is investigating a fix for this issue.

Magenta artifacts using filters

Issue Workaround

You see magenta artifacts in preview or after commit when using filters like Flame, Picture Frame or Tree.

The Photoshop engineering team is investigating a fix for this issue.

Are legacy versions compatible?

No. Unsupported versions of Photoshop were not designed or tested to work on macOS Big Sur (version 11) or Apple Silicon M1 processors.

Older versions use 32-bit licensing components and installers and will not be able to be installed, uninstalled, or activated after upgrading to macOS Big Sur. 

If you have already upgraded to macOS Big Sur, use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to uninstall older versions.