Photoshop CC 2018: Large UI scaling preference too small

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I just updated Photoshop CC to 2018 on my iMac.  Previously I have been able to adjust the UI font and icon size so that it is not minuscule on my large screen.  Now, even though in preferences I set the scaling to "large" (the largest option) the text and icons are still tiny.  Is there a workaround?  Is Adobe having difficulty making this workable on a Mac?  What gives?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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If you're using the UI Font Size, that is a subtle change for managing the relative size of text. UI scaling for Photoshop on Mac is automatic, meaning that the OS manages Retina scaling through the System Preferences > Displays setting. If you have it set to "Default" on a Retina monitor, the UI scaled to 200% - which should be OK on most monitors. If it's set to "More Space" it's set to 100% which will make the UI tiny.
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Thanks. That preference may have been reset as I just installed Mojave OS. Will look into.
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Also, try enabling the Scale UI to Font setting, which is a new preference in CC 2019. This preference scales icons and many other (not all) UI elements and spacing to match the UI Font Size setting. For most UI elements it will be subtle, for icons it should be more noticeable. The Scale UI to Font setting is located below the UI Font Size setting in preferences.
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For the iMac, working with an external monitor - a 3840 x 2160 resolution monitor... the UI foreground color swatch (on the "Color" panel - Color Wheel) is extremely tiny. Even when "setting scale font" to "large", and "match UI to font", the increase in size is almost nothing.

In this case, I do not want to use "global scaling" in the mac's system preferences - because this will change the resolution display of the screen. Working on paintings, I want to take advantage of the full 3840 x 2160 pixels. 

But for the UI elements, especially the Foreground Color Swatch - the size is just too small to see clearly.. It makes it very difficult to pick accurate color through a tiny square.. It would be a very useful feature to let users, of both Windows and Apple, scale the UI, without affecting the viewport resolution of the image..

Just sharing an idea/thought. 
Or letting users scale the foreground color swatch up.. it is extremely tiny, and surrounded by three outlines - grey, black, and white.. which blinds the eye to the actual color choice the user is trying to make.. Plus the tiny size of the swatch, makes it very frustrating to try to pick accurate color, in context to the image.
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