Photoshop: Introducing scale the UI 200% for high-density displays for Windows

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The Photoshop team welcomes your feedback on this experimental feature. Let us know what you think!

Photoshop user interface controls may appear small and hard-to-read on high-density displays. Also, on touch-enabled screens, you may have trouble clicking the smaller controls. 200% scaling solves this issue by doubling the size of the user interface.

Since the user interface elements increase in size by 200%, depending on the size and resolution of your display, you may need to adjust the layout of existing workspaces. For example, on a 1080 px screen at 200%, the Tools panel extends off the bottom of the screen. You can change to double-column orientation in order to fit the panel on the screen.

Note: This feature is only for Windows users. HiDPI on Mac has been available for high-density Retina displays since Photoshop CS6.

Caveats

You may encounter some cosmetic issues while using this feature. While many Photoshop dialogs have been reworked so that they fit on the screen at 1080 px, viewing some dialogs (such as Smart Sharpen) completely may require you to collapse sections.

Disable 200% UI scaling

If you need to return to the default 100% scaling, do the following:

1. Select Preferences > Experimental Features.
2. Deselect Scale UI 200% For High-Density Displays (Windows Only).
3. Restart Photoshop.
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Diane Lewis

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Does this experimental feature not work for Camera Raw or Bridge?
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I agree with what others are saying - great to have this feature at last but.... I have a 25in 2560 x 1,440 display - 200dpi is too big and standard is too small. Please add 150% or even better - custom input!
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Chris Cox, Sr. Computer Scientist

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Again, we are continuing to work with Microsoft on the issues that need to be resolved in order to allow more flexible UI scaling on Windows.
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Tamara Goforth

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Please do this quickly! More flexibility, please!
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Chris Cox, Sr. Computer Scientist

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We can only move as quickly as Microsoft allows - they control Windows.
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If you used native Windows UI there would be no problem and it would just scale along with the UI. Unfortunately now we're ten years into HD displays and we're still working with a very poorly scaling Photoshop...
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Hi i love the 200% and it ́s in the right way. but i have an hp 13" 2560x1440 resolution and it seems that ~150% would be the sweetspot. Hope it will be som option for that later on. keep up the good work.
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I totally agree. The big targets are intoxicating! But I also have two 2560 x 1440 monitors, at 27 inches. 150% would be right on the money.

Adobe did the right thing, giving us a choice. The text and targets at 100% scaling were microscopic light gray on a darker gray background. Brutal. Lord only knows what it looked like on a 4k monitor.

So, ideally, I think it would be:
100% scaling for most people (1080p or less)
150% for 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 monitors
200% scaling for 4k monitors.

Kudos, though, for the 200% feature. I'm so happy.
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Yes, 150% would be better for 27" 2560x1440. Some work areas/dialog boxes exceed screen size and cannot be re-sized. 'Save for Web' is one of them. Would like Bridge to allow larger fonts as well.
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My resolution is 1208 x 1024 and accidentally clicked this new size and I can not reverse because the dialog does not fit on the monitor, please help me
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If you are unable to change Preferences as stated at the end of the first post above, resetting preferences might work. Hold down Shift Alt Ctrl immediately after starting Photoshop. Good luck
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Resetting the preferences won't remove this option. It gets stored in a registry key.

I see Marcos figured out how to disable using the keyboard (see below).
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bob bob

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Works good on my HP 13 inch qhd screen. But Nick software latest update does not. It is not Nick as it works fine if launched from Lightroom. Could this be fixed ?
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Did you reinstall the Nik/Google plugins for Photoshop CC 2014?
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bob bob

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Yes I did. I had to as it did not show up any more after CC 2014 installation. I also made sure I got their latest one on the web site.
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Linda McCarty

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Oh my, impossible to read new size text even on large. 200% too big for my screen. PLEASE go back to old size!
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1 open PS
2 go to Preferences > Experimental Features
3 press TAB 2 TIMES
4 press SPACE
5 press TAB MORE 3 TIME
6 press ENTER
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Or:
f you are unable to change Preferences as stated at the end of the first post above, resetting preferences might work. Hold down Shift Alt Ctrl immediately after starting Photoshop.
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Marcos ~ EXCELLENT SOLUTION!! Thank you!! Your first solution worked for me after repeated and unsuccessful attempts at using Shift Alt Ctrl.
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By old size, I meant text and menus that one can actually read. I have WIN7 and 1920 x 1080 display and cant read them and 200% far too big. Thanks.
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bob bob

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Linda, you can go back to the old size by just not clicking the 200% option
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bob bob

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Any feed back on my issue of having Nick Software too small while using the experimental 200% fetaure in Photoshop CC 2014 ?
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Phil Graham

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From my research Adobe Photoshop has been having trouble with UI sizing for over 3 yrs.( just Google "Windows HiDPI monitors") about 9 screens and growing on Adobe's site.

The new Experimental Features on PS is a good first step however... only if you own a 4K monitor ! ??

The above threads already covered why 200% does not work for main stream monitors ... ok, almost work on some monitor resolutions. I am using multiple 1920 x1200 displays, no work space left after setting EF to 200%.

- 2560x1600 better at 150% 100 or 200 what happen to 150 125... ?
- 4K it works ... only small install base maybe 2% ??

After loading PS 2014, I noticed that the font size for the file menu - pull down was set to small (same size as title bar ??). ( hard to see on 1920x1080 monitor)
- Windows 8.1
- PS - UI setting set to large - prefs
- Windows - setting display to 125% text

Note: So new feature not mentioned in Adobe PS 2014 - Windows 7/8.1 setting under display (125%) no longer modifies PS font size for pull down menus ??
- PS CC works on Windows 7/8.1
- CS6 PS works on Windows 7/8.1

Ok guys - Product Group, Product Marketing, System test and managers of those groups. What happened to testing products before they release ?

If you are going to add features that break other functionality do not do it or a least put it the release notes... like I said earlier 98% of your base are not using 4K monitors ???

In closing PS is a great tool, I not sure why it takes so long ( 3yrs of reported issues) to rewrite code, when some of the other Adobe Suite products seem to follow windows display sizing or you have added a UI Interface feature. Microsoft is not the main problem, you have other solutions.

Adobe is a great company and produces excellent products, so groups manager please take some time to focus your teams to fix these UI sizing issues and provided a more detailed information source for user reference.

Case # 185629992

Thanks
Phil Graham
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Because you're using an API that applies to applications that don't scale, and Photoshop CC 2014 does scale if the preference is enabled.
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My question was merged here.
Installed CS6 in a new dell inspiron 15 computer. When CS6 opens, the text in the UI is so small it is impossible to read. There is no experimental option. Under edit/preferences/interface it says interface it UI font large.
I need to continue to use PS for my work, but it is impossible to use.
How do I fix this bug?
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Yes, CS6 was written before high resolution displays were available on Windows, and long before Microsoft worked out issues with the OS UI scaling code.

Photoshop added a 200% UI Scaling feature on Windows in CC 2014.
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I don't know what to do to use CS6?
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Chris Cox, Sr. Computer Scientist

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CS6 doesn't have the UI Scaling feature. To use get UI Scaling for high res displays on Windows, you need to use Photoshop CC 2014 or later.
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Hi, is this feature going to be retro-fitted to older versions? I have Photoshop CS5 and Dreamweaver CS6 and am not really over the moon about potentially having to upgrade in order to make these programs usable again.... thx
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No, this is a feature for new versions of software. Obsolete versions of the software will not get new features.
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Lee

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Hi, thx. Interesting that Adobe consider CS6 to be obsolete when it's still on sale and I only paid for an upgrade to it this time last year. At what point did CS6 become obsolete? It's also a shame that £700 of software, whilst fully functional in all other respects, can become obsolete due to an increase in screen resolution. Quite a statement from a company that is supposedly a leader in image software ;)
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Lee

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Interestingly enough, when I asked about an upgrade from Photoshop CS5 to CS6 about 4 months ago, there was no mention of it being obsolete at that time either and Adobe seemed quite prepared to take my money... Seems a little underhand
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Lee

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Btw, both apps (PS5 and DW6) both work great on a 3200x1800 screen on Win8
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Lee

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Quote from David Wadhwani Apr 2013 - "For those who don't like the subscriptions, the Creative Suite 6 software released last year "is a reasonable alternative," he said. "We'll continue to sell it and continue to maintain it. Over time we hope to win these customers over through innovation and strong execution."

Quite an about turn since then to now consider CS6 obsolete and "not continue to maintain it"...
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maintain != getting new features
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Lee

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lol

i guess it's what you call a new feature really

anyway, moved my web development and photography stuff to other apps - seems that other people don't seem to find the scaling such a massive problem as to be calling it a new feature...
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I have vision issues but the 200% option is TOO big. A 150% increase would be perfect!
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I've heard about the problems that Photoshop CS6 has with high-retina displays on Windows 8. Will a native screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 work ok with Photoshop & Illustrator CS6 work ok with this? Or will this give me the same squinting problem everyone talks about? Please don't tell me to upgrade to CC, my business has not been authorized to do this, but they have given me permission to get a new laptop to replace the broken one I have that has been running CS6.
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Lee

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everything up to CS6 is fine at 1920x1080
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G Imrie

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The "Experimental" option was pointed out to me by an Adobe techie after many hours of struggle w my HD screen and invisible UI. Went to Prefs, clicked Experimental, ta-da the grave flaw in Photoshop was solved.

But then soon after, in the middle of a huge project of course, the UI shrank back to unreadable and the Experimental choice disappeared, never to return despite reboots, etc. As post-ers above mentioned, this is contemptuous behaviour on Adobe's part, but I have become accustomed to it.
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Features don't just disappear by themselves.

You're running the wrong version of the application. You need to be using CC 2014 to use the 200% scaling. Photoshop CC doesn't have that feature.
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How do I get to this feature in photoshop elements 12?
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Chris Cox, Sr. Computer Scientist

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Elements 12 won't be getting new features, and there is already a feature request for Elements to support UI scaling.
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Elements 13 includes UI scaling on Windows.
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200% is too large on a 1920x1050 display, there is simply too little workspace left with single column. Switching to double column in order to see all the options means no workspace available. 150% would be better but I also noticed that when I hover over collapsed items like "history" the text did not appear to have scaled or if it did the text was still way too small even with Edit > Preferences > Interface being set to large. When not docked I'm using a Sony Vaio Duo 11 with a 1920x1050 11" screen or Surface 2 Pro with the same screen resolution.

This has been an issue with Adobe Photoshop for over 10 years back when I had a Toshiba M200 12" with 1440x1050 resolution and others had Apple Cinema monitors who were also complaining of text size. When will Adobe have UI scaling independent of OS resolution?
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200% scaling was the most commonly needed scaling factor for high resolution displays on Windows.

Again, we are continuing to work with Microsoft to resolve the remaining OS API issues around UI scaling on Windows.
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Hope you guys find a way to give us a 125-150% option, even at 4k I feel like 200% is just too large.
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200%UI would work fine - but since i need the whole adobe workflow from bridge over camera raw to PS - as a photographer and digital artist it is only a piece of the whole cake and if the whole thing is not working together on 200% UI - it doesn't work at all for me.

Looking forward for the UI-scaling at least in bridge and camera raw!

Thank u for your work and porgress anyway.

regards, Mario
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Having same issue! Little band aid for a big gash!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Larger Icons.


Hi, I have a physical disability and I've been using Photoshop for about 4 years now. I just got a Windows Surface Pro last year, I use Photoshop on it with the touch pen. It's really frustrating when I try to click something in the menu bar up the top (file, edit, image, layer eg) and the tool bar, I always click the wrong tool I wanted because the icons are too small. It would really helpful if there was a option where you could make the menu and tool bar larger.
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Steph

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I don't understand how to get UI scaling on my photoshop? I have photoshop CC
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Again, this is a feature in Photoshop CC 2014. You enable it in preferences, under "experimental features".
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I ran across this option by accident. I am using a Dell Precision M6400 laptop with 17-in. screen and a 1920 x 1200 recommended (highest) resolution. I can work with the smallish icons but when I saw the UI 200% option I thought I might like that. But no: too large, with the icons and tool bars taking up too much of the screen. Maybe 150% or several options, e.g., 125%, 150%, 175% and 200%. Also, when I went to Preferences to change back to 100%, the window went way beyond the screen and I could see no way to scroll. See attached screen cap. That said, the view was not so enlarged that I could not change back to 100% (which I did). There are four more screen-resolution options for my computer, each lower selection making the icons usefully larger. However, I lose my sharp images, so this approach does to appeal to me.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
mini tools and text- photoshop and bridge.


photoshop (among other adobe apps) are looking tiny- font and tools. apparently this is expected for HIDPI monitors? AI and Acrobat are fine. any thoughts? thanks!
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like it but would like a shortcut to go back instead of re starting
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Not really sure how I feel about this because my workflow involve Bridge and RAW and I still have little menus in those! Which sucks! I do like the larger menus and touchscreen capability! It screws with all my other applications on the laptop. I feel like this is a small band aid for a large gash to be quite honest! Hope you all get it all integrated soon!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
The size of Photoshop CC.


i have a mac laptop with windows 8.1 OS it.. i have downloaded adobe Photoshop cc 2014 on the windows OS.. the problem is that when i open Photoshop cc the size of the whole application is small really small!! and i really need a solution