PHOTOSHOP - font size mismatch in font panel and character style panel

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Happens scaling a font layer, the font size displayed in a font character panel is different than the font size shown in character or paragraph styles, rendering the whole styles palette useless.
This screenshot shows the same text layer with a style applied (resetting all styles before) and its actual rendered size :
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David, Official Rep

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Hi Stephen,

You've at some point not just change the point size of your text, but you've also transformed it as well.  This is, however, NOT the same thing (I know, I know, even instructors will say it is...but they're wrong).  We are in the process of decoupling those two, in order to make things more clear to the user community.  But, basically, depending on which version of the app that you're running, you're seeing some value that APPEARS to be correct, but is actually the product of the true font point size and the transformation matrix that's been applied to it.  Yeah, let's skip that math.

Simple way to avoid the problem -- if you are scaling/transforming your type as a way to change the point size, DON'T.  Or, if you do, check the value, undo the transform, and manually set the point size (now, you can see why we did this in the first place, right?).

Simple way to undo a specific example of this problem -- Using the new Libraries, you can effectively remove a PROPORTIONAL transformation from text.  How, you ask?  Open the Libraries panel.  Select your text layer and in the Libraries panel, click the T icon at the bottom left (second icon in).  You've now defined a Text Style which is based on your type layer, with the transformation calculated into the point size and then removed (*applause*).  Now, simply re-apply that Text Style back onto your selected layer and the transformation (IFF proportional) is now gone.

With this now set, you can use it as a sample to redefine your Type Styles (which have serious difficulty understanding transformations, since they're a little abstracted from them).  From there, your problems should be solved.

If you want to read LOTS more about this, check out:

We are engaged on this point and you can expect things to work better in future releases.