Find answers to commonly asked questions about Photoshop and graphics processor (GPU) card usage.
Photoshop’s 3D features will be removed in future updates. Users working with 3D are encouraged to explore Adobe’s new Substance 3D collection, which represents the next generation of 3D tools from Adobe.
Additional details on the discontinuation of Photoshop’s 3D features can be found here: Photoshop 3D | Common questions around discontinued 3D features.
Photoshop leverages the graphics processor in your system to provide a seamlessly smooth Photoshop experience and increased performance with many features.
If you encounter any issues working with the above features, see Graphics processor (GPU) troubleshooting.
If your using an older graphics card or driver, GPU functionality in Photoshop may be limited or not supported.
Generally, consider using GPUs with an Average Ops/Sec of 2000 or higher on PassMark's GPU Computer Benchmark Chart.
Choose Edit > Preferences > Performance (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences > Performance (macOS).
In the Performance panel, make sure that Use Graphics Processor is selected in the Graphics Processor Settings section.
Click Advanced Settings and specify the following option:
Use OpenCL: Enable to accelerate the new Blur Gallery filters, Smart Sharpen, Select Focus Area, or Image Size with Preserve Details selected (Note: OpenCL is available only on newer graphics cards that support OpenCL v1.1 or later.)
Photoshop does not take advantage of multiple graphics cards. Conflicting drivers may also cause crashes or other problems.
You may encounter the Green screen error when Photoshop is running and switch screen resolutions (attach or remove the second monitor of a different resolution). As a workaround, do any of the following:
Running Photoshop under virtual machines, or VMs, is not tested extensively nor officially supported. Running Photoshop with Use Graphics Processor enabled under virtual machines and remote desktop is not supported at all.