A Quick Tip to Avoid Graphics Card-Related Photoshop Crashes in Windows 10

Adobe recently released the new version of Photoshop, and it is relatively faster and smoother than the previous versions. However, it might still crash.

Photoshop uses GPU, both for calculations of certain tasks and accelerating some features such as the Camera Raw filter, blur tools, and perspective warp. According to Adobe, not all the consumer grade graphics cards are tested, and they recommend using the latest system and GPU hardware to make the most of GPU features inside Photoshop. However, I have been using Nvidia GTX 1080ti since its launch — which is not tested by Adobe, by the way — and I have been occasionally experiencing crashes, especially when using the Camera Raw filter. Even with the latest drivers and clean installations, the problem existed, until I tweaked some settings inside Windows 10.

So, before formatting your operating system and uninstalling Photoshop, here is a quick tip for you to try. GPU drivers may crash when the related software keeps busy too long with the calculations. Windows does this on purpose to prevent locking the system, and automatically sets a value for the time that will allow these calculations. This timing value is called TDR, or Timeout Detection Recovery. Increasing the default value of TDR will allow driver to complete the calculations and will prevent driver-related software crashes.

To change the TDR value, simply go to Start, and then open the Run command. In the Run command window, type “regedit” to access the registry window. Navigate to: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers in the left panel. If you choose the GraphicsDrivers menu on the left, you will see the related files on the right panel. There, double-click the TdrDelay, select Decimal, and enter a greater value. By default, it might be as low as 10, so I simply entered 60. Repeat the same steps for TdrDdiDelay, then reboot your computer.

During a week of heavy retouching, Photoshop didn’t crash once. So, if you have been experiencing GPU-related crashes, give this method a try. If you have any other recommendations to avoid Photoshop crashes, please share in the comments section below.

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