Photoshop UI too small for those with visual deficits

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Hello Dear Reader --

I have been using Adobe programs, in various forms, for many years. As well, I use other software applications, such as the Microsoft Office Suite of applications. My question relates to ACCESSIBILITY to your software for those with visual deficiencies.

There should be a way to make some of the very tiny icons for the Tools in Photoshop at least a little larger. For example, the Tools Panel could be 3, or even 4, icons wide to support variable sized Tool Icons.

Working with the disabled and aging communities is something that Adobe, as a company, should be dedicated to doing. However, even when I "force" my high resolution display to show text and icons at 200%, this has NO EFFECT on the Adobe Photoshop CS6 User Interface.

I am not asking for a lot, and I speak for many when I ask for this. Can you PLEASE make Adobe applications more customizable for the visually challenged communities, so that we may continue to use your fine software?

For what it is worth, I have NO PROBLEM using Adobe Acrobat, because it is mostly menu-based. However, this does not mean that you should not endeavor to apply accessibility options to all of your software applications, so that the visually impaired may have access to these fine programs.

Thank you very much for your kind consideration of my requests. I look forward to seeing them implemented in Adobe Photoshop, as well as other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite of applications.

Best regards,

~Juan Antonio Dominion
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J. Antonio Dominion

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Steve Smitu

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I agree with everything Juan has said. The Photoshop interface simply appears not to have been updated for modern high resolution monitors. Since these monitors have been around for at least 5 years this seems bizarre. I wander if there is any other update that would please as many people,

Hopefully, Steve.
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Stacy Cates

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Dear Juan,

I support your request. I will also send a request to Adobe regarding this issue:

"I am not asking for a lot, and I speak for many when I ask for this. Can you PLEASE make Adobe applications more customizable for the visually challenged communities, so that we may continue to use your fine software?"

Stacy Cates
Adobe Certified Instructor, Photoshop
Lead Author, "Photoshop CS4 Bible" by Wiley Publishing
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oscar losan

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to change icons size in photoshop. you can only change text size in the interface. work with imac 27 "and need a magnifying glass
I'm going blind. if decreased resolution, everything is blurry.
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Barbara Cooper Gleason

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It looks like this message has never been responded to, here now in 2018! My spouse has an increasing visually disabling condition and he cannot see fine, teensy sliders as he’s trying to modify his photos. We are seeking possibly some add-on options? Or is Adobe blind to users with aging eyes?!
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Howdy Barbara,

Well, actually, on Windows, there's been a solution for some time.  If you go to Edit > Preferences > Interface, near the bottom of the dialog there is a UI Scaling dialog.  The default is Auto, but try 200%.

Thanks,
David