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Another Photoshop Update | Liquify Fix & More

By Kishore Sawh on December 17th 2015


It feels like only yesterday I was updating Photoshop Creative Cloud, but then, of course, it would, wouldn’t it, because I was. But the sense of familiarity I was feeling wasn’t because of that, but because it seems like that little notification to update in CC is there every fortnight. It’s like a constant feeling of deja vu.

In theory, and I guess fair to say mostly in practice, these updates are welcomed and bring good news, but recently accompanied by some troubles. There was the Lightroom import dialogue change and then that was reversed in another update, and then recently the Liquify problem in Photoshop, which was very much a surprise because it seemed like such a major issue with such an iconic and oft-used tool – how did they miss it?


Sure, there were/are workarounds for it, but that required either switching off the GPU during the Liquify process, or converting 16-bit files to 8-bit, and asking a retoucher to do that is like asking them to switch religions. The good news is, Adobe has released yet another update and the Liquify problem has been rectified. In addition, there were a number of other fixes too, many of which it’s more understandable they weren’t caught as they deal with more obscure elements of the program.

Updates & Fixes

  • Liquify lightens result on 16 bit/channel images
  • Freeze/crash using Liquify in CPU mode
  • Drag and drop from AI to PS no longer create Smart Object (Mac only)
  • Using control/command to switch to Move tool invokes auto-select
  • Align to selection doesn’t work with Artboards
  • Running Photoshop on 5K monitor at 200% results in black bar across the top of the app
  • Double clicking to open a document results in workspace set to Start instead of Essentials
  • Fixed top crashing issues submitted via crash reporter


So there you have it. I really welcomed this with open arms, and again kudos to Adobe for ushering a fix so soon. Asking for forgiveness really is easier than asking for permission, it would appear. See the full Adobe blog post here.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. R. John Anderson

    Update: just rebooted. Just this very minute noticed ANOTHER PSD CC update…installed it.

    Neither issue fixed.

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  2. R. John Anderson

    and while at it, the file name you JUST see in that above JPG was last file opened…today is Dec 18. here’s the recent file list just captured now:

    adobe…please now.

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  3. R. John Anderson

    ok, this is REALLY driving me nutso, maybe someone knows someone at adobe who can actually look into this for the next update. here’s the exact issue. Just closed LR and PSD. Opened both. Opened file from LR into PSD…and this is what I get…you can see the bg layer, it’s all there, except it’s all white.

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  4. R. John Anderson

    oh, and I have NO CLUE what it’s thinking it’s putting in the “recent files” list LOL. they are NOT any recent files I’ve opened/edited… and yes, I’ve cleared the recent list, to reset it, and watch it fill up with seemingly RANDOM files. They were all opened at one time yes, but nothing even close to recent files. I can open a file in PSD, close it, go to file open/recent files and it’s not even there. Joy.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Ill admit thinking the same. The recent file thing is more a nuisance for my particular workflow than anything else

      Regarding the issue you have, I will address it with Adobe. Can’t guarantee an answer soon though, and I haven’t been had the issue you mentioned below with the screen going white, and I just did it with 3 different files and file types and am not having that issue.

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  5. R. John Anderson

    Still getting black/white screens in PSD all the time. Mac El-capitan. I sure wish they’d fix it…I have to close BOTH LR and PSD every 30 mins to try to fix it, and even that doesn’t help. I love it when any thread anywhere that claims to show an issue is always marked “solved”, and yet I continue to have the exact same issues, on latest updates of all software and O/S.

    Oh well, MAYBE ADOBE WILL READ THIS HERE?!?! PSD is TERRIBLE right now!!!!

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