How to Capture Photoshop in OBS [2 Methods]

OBS is the premier application to screencast over the internet while doing a streaming video. Photoshop is useful for making graphs and other media that could enhance your streaming video. So how do you capture Photoshop in OBS?

Learning the ins and outs of new software and how it interacts with other programs on your computer can be a real pain in the hind end. So many options could cause damage that professionals could have difficulty sorting them out. Don’t sweat it! Read on and learn two methods to capture Photoshop in OBS.

Capturing Photoshop in OBS

The capturing process of OBS ensures that data on your screen will be broadcast to your outgoing video signal. If there isn’t a video, chances are that part of the display screen will be greyed out, and you won’t be able to see the screen on your streaming video.

The First Way to Capture Photoshop with OBS is to Update

The first thing to do when the screen is greyed out, and there is no Photoshop screen populating on the video stream is to check the version of OBS that you are using. Often when the software is updated, it adds and removes bits of code that will make the video play. So there could be broadcasting problems if you are not using the current version.

The steps to update your version of OBS Studio are:

  1. Click Help – On the menu bar at the top of the screen, you should move the cursor down to the end until you see the Help option. There are a few good options in this drop-down, but we are looking for one that reads Check for Updates. There are always a few little wrinkles in the menus that allow for more functionality. You should explore them!
  2. Download Updates – The next screen will populate with a series of messages about the software type and version. There should be a button that allows you to download the updates.
  3. Restart the Software – If it doesn’t do it for you, now would be a good time to restart the OBS software. Restarting the process will ensure that all the code and algorithms are running correctly with the appropriate bug fixes.

Once the software restarts, the screen should populate with the Photoshop screen you are trying to share.  If it doesn’t, there’s another thing you can try to make it work. Sometimes it could take a second for the screen to populate, so give it a couple of tries before moving on to the next step.

Changing the Video Card is a Great Option

Now don’t get upset and think you have to remove the physical card from the machine. That’s a job for experienced and certified repairpeople. The thing you are doing is selecting the card that your computer is using for the process. This allows the program to access the correct info to rid you of the grey screen and get your Photoshop window populated.

The steps to change the video card on your program are:

  1. Open Settings – On your Windows computer, you should move over to the left-hand side of the screen, and the buttons will appear. You are looking for the cog-shaped button which will take you into the settings.
  2. Move to System – The next option you are looking for is System. System options open up the computer’s internal processes and allow you to browse through some of the frameworks that make the programs run on your machine. Look for the Display option and click on it.
  3. Graphics Settings – Once in the Display menu, look for the graphics settings and go into them. Here you can choose the locations for the output video and see the hardware installed on your machine. Look for the OBS icon in this menu.
  4. Screen Capture – Inside the OBS settings, you will see a button that enables the video in your stream. You can choose a few other options inside the menu to save power, but you should just stick with enabling video.

Once the screen capture is enabled on the display, you should be able to see the output in your stream and no longer have the grey screen. The OBS system is easy to use but could take some tweaking to ensure everything works before going live.


When you are messing with complicated situations like broadcasting live video and using media elements in the background, it is easy to get confused. However, you have an excellent chance of fixing the problem by checking the updates on your computer.

If the problem persists after you have updated the version on your computer, you should check the OBS graphics card. Inside the graphics card settings, look for the button to enable screen sharing. Once it is allowed, you are good to go!