Photoshop for Apple Silicon

Run Photoshop faster in native mode on Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip.

As of March 2021, Photoshop now runs natively on Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip with 1.5X the speed of similarly configured previous generation systems.  

Known differences and limitations

Photoshop has minor feature differences when running under the native mode and the Rosetta emulation mode. Adobe is hard at work to reduce these feature differences in future updates.

Features not available in the native mode

Refer to the below list to determine whether to open Photoshop in Native mode or open using Rosetta. 

To learn how to run Photoshop in Rosetta, see About Rosetta.

  • Import, Export, and playback of embedded video layers
  • Shake Reduction filter
  • Preset Syncing
  • Share an image button / Quick Share
  • Opening or placing U3D formatted files
  • Starting Bridge from Photoshop menus

M1 native known issues

Issue Workaround
Plugins not available
Intel-based plugins will not appear in Photoshop. Run Intel-based plugins with Photoshop on Rosetta to install and use those plugins until your plugin provider delivers Apple silicon-compatible versions.
Missing or unsupported extensions

To use extensions that rely on CEP, install and run them in Rosetta mode only. Once you launch under Rosetta, you may need to go to Window / Extensions (legacy) to open your CEP panels again.

Note: You will not see the "Open in Rosetta" option if you are right-clicking on an "alias".

If you are a developer and would like to update your plugin to work with Photoshop in native mode, see UXP for Adobe Photoshop

Issues when exporting SVG files

  1. Open Photoshop using Rosetta. To learn more about Rosetta, see About Rosetta
  2. Ensure Preferences > tech preview > Optimized Export As is unchecked. 
The Photoshop engineering team is investigating this behavior.
Photoshop freezes when starting up and the splash screen displays "Loading Halide Bottlenecks..."

Update to macOS Big Sur 11.2.1.

If Photoshop continues to freeze while starting up after updating to macOS 11.2.1, create a new administrator user account. For more help, see Set up users, guests, and groups on your Mac.

Export As command produces an error “Can’t export to this location, select another location to continue.”

Remove the ‘#’ character from the folder name in the save destination path, or use the Save As command to export, or use the Rosetta emulation mode to Export.

Merge to HDR Pro workspace is too large when maximized Hide or decrease the size of the macOS Dock. See Change Dock & Menu Bar preferences on Mac
Adobe Stock purchases will take place on the Adobe Stock web site
Important: Prior to making the stock purchase, ensure that you’re logged in with the same Adobe ID account in both Photoshop and the Adobe Stock website to ensure the licensed file correctly appears in your Libraries Panel. 
Multi-app workflows, such as Copy and Pasting or Editing in Photoshop from Lightroom, between native and Rosetta emulation versions of Adobe applications will not work
Adobe recommends against running apps in different modes. Run both applications in the same native or emulation mode.
3D features are not optimized for native performance
Adobe recommends opening Photoshop using Rosetta for 3D workflows
Black Screen when viewing a 3D document 
Click the eyeball to toggle the layer's visibility

Rosetta compatibility issues

The Photoshop engineering team is investigating the following compatibility issues while running in Rosetta:

  • When exporting using Export As or Generator, you cannot export some formats (SVG, GIF)
  • Differring selection results when using Select Subject
  • You see magenta artifacts when using filters like Flame, Picture Frame or Tree
  • Crash when using Select Subject, Object Selection tool, Remove Background Quick Action, or Magic Wand

Are legacy versions compatible?

No. Unsupported versions of Photoshop were not designed or tested to work on Apple devices with Apple Silicon M1 processors.

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