Photoshop: Support all Windows DPI scaling options (125%, 150%, ...)

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The two UI scaling options (100% or 200%) are inadequate on modern desktop monitors (4k, etc.). They work great on older monitors (100%), or on small, portable devices (200%), but not on everything else.

Please add support for all additional Windows system scaling options in priority order: 150%, 125%, everything else.
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Asbjørn Knudsen

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On the Surface Pro 3 200% scaling looks rather large. The system is running at 150% scaling - why can't Photoshop simply respect that? InDesign does (though they forgot 125% scaling). Why is it so hard for you to just RESPECT user preferences? Windows is not a Mac - we have a lot more choice! It is not 100% or 200%.
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We spent a lot of time working with Microsoft to even allow 200% scaling. We are continuing to work with Microsoft to address the Windows issues needed to enable more flexible UI scaling on Windows.
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Asbjørn Knudsen

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There are no "Windows issues" (other than the fact that it takes more work!). You just have to scale every draw call to the system DPI and supply images at the four most common scaling percentages. Every Microsoft Office application is scaled correctly, even InDesign is. If they can do it, so can you. It's just a matter of wanting to do so. If you didn't design your custom UI layer with High DPI in mind, well that is your problem and not Microsoft's. Windows has had all the necessary API's for High DPI since Vista.
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Yes, there are serious problems in the Windows UI Scaling APIs. We worked with Microsoft to fix the major issues to allow 200% UI Scaling. We are continuing to work with Microsoft to address the issues that still prevent more flexible UI scaling on Windows.
We are also in contact with the Office team about the UI scaling issues they have seen and the remaining work to be done in Windows.
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I'd be eager for a 150% and 125% scaling option as well. 200% is unworkable on my laptop, 100% is still rather small (though menus have gotten better). Hopefully this latest creative cloud release redesign was done with scaling in mind.
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I also need the 150% scaling because 100% is too small and 200% is too big. Please help with this. Thanks Danish.
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Kevin Rogowsky

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I have the same problem. 3k Display on Laptop, 100% too small and 200% too big. Windows is scaling with 150% and it is perfekt. Please bring us more options to skaling Photoshop. thx
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This is so crucial for me... I simply do not understand why this isn't supported? Indesign, Illustrator - they do it perfectly... Although 125% would be even better.
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Seems like such a trivial problem, but I can understand why this is such a difficult issue to resolve. Big program, lots of modules that will have to be redesigned to enable successful scaling.

Ideally, in the future I'd like to see scaling done in a similar way to Illustrator. I was surprised to find that Illustrator even works well with Microsoft's Windows10 continuum feature by switching into the touch mode, which is a bonus.
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It is not a trivial problem, and we have been working with Microsoft for a couple of years to solve the issues inside Windows that make it fail to work correctly.

We are continuing to work with Microsoft on the issues needed to allow more flexible UI scaling on Windows.
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Allow me to elaborate. From an outsiders perspective, it would seem trivial, but obviously it isn't (thought I had made this clear in my first comment, apparently not). The current scaling support in Windows is fairly limited, overall making it difficult to effectively implement scaling. Heck, when on 150% scaling, a number of programs become blurred, so clearly the scaling system in Windows needs some work.

So here is my understanding of the situation with scaling (just to be sure I've got it right). The scaling system in Windows is flawed. Getting a program to work effectively with the current scaling system would either require an excessive amount of effort, or is simply not going to be achieved with the current system.

Right?
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Chris Cox

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You're pretty close. That's why we are continuing to work with Microsoft on the issues.
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please update this soon! it would be fantastic!
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Jordan Mele

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So the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps make use of a fake scaleable "pixel" unit. Goes something along the lines of "effective pixels". At this time, its a system mostly specific to UWP apps, but should this come to support Win32 applications, could it work as a solution for scaling Photoshop?
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I know this is a difficult topic but I would really appreciate if this was done soon. I've been struggling for about 6 months with RIDICULOUS scaling which makes me wish I bought a mac.
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Adriána Rybárová

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Still NOTHING? C’mon!
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Taking the approach that this is Microsoft's problem isn't the right public relations choice. Microsoft has addressed almost all scaling issues in Windows 10 (Redstone). InDesign, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, and Google Chrome are basically perfect now. It sounds to me like Adobe developers need to start openly and realistically discussing Photoshop's technical debt (Bridge & Acrobat as well). 
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In my case still some of my softwar have not a proper hi-dpi scale: Zbrush 4R7, Photoshop CC 2017,  C4D r16 are still with small letters and butons (but still readebale on my QHD).

Actualy all the software was looking a the right size after parameter de size on windows 10 @125% but only some softs like: Corel painter, Groboto or Modzila explorer was real QHD @ 2560x1440 the other first was streched looking fuzzy like my 1920x1080 monitor and i hade to turn on the option "no streching the softwar" of each softwars. I keep a real QHD aspect but with smaler letters...

i found the option for the Hi--dpi monitor in llustrator CC 2015, to put the scale on the closer level that the softwar can manage or in the smaler part or the largest part (no % size only this two option). I get it to the largest option and i think i get a 150% result (not so big, that work with my resolution even the best for me is 125%).

In Photoshop CC 2017 for example i get only two option for hi-dpi monitor: 100% & 200% (2017 bro's).
Why they cant do it for the other resolution ? And actualy why all this "GRAPHIC" design softwar are not able to easely rescale theyr interface for the "GRAPHIC" hi-dpi monitors? I was thinking graphic designers photographer or movie maker or whatever that need to have the best aspect for theyr work was the first public for those kind of monitor so why the softwar dosnt care about it?

 Maybe i miss some information or some parameters in those sofwares but i real didnt found not so many answer about rescaling for hi-dpi option in Zbrush or C4D or toshop as well.
It is realy so complicate for Adobe coders to manage a rescaling UI interface , and for all the other softwar as well ? looking for understending ;) 
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Update: As of 10/25/17, we are closing this program to new applicants. We have a large number of participants already. Thank you to everyone who registered!

The Photoshop team has been listening to your many requests for better scaling options on Windows, and we’re happy to announce that we are ready for beta testing on this feature. Because of the large scale changes involved in this feature, we want to make sure people have the opportunity to test it out before it’s released.
 
All Windows customers are welcome to join and test, but please note that you will need to have Windows 10 Creators Edition installed in order to use the new continuously scalable user interface and per-monitor scaling. Windows 7, 8 and prior versions of Windows 10 will only support 100% and 200% - as the continuously scalable user interface requires APIs only available in Creators Edition.
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Windows 7, 8 and prior versions of Windows 10 will only support 100% and 200% - as the continuously scalable user interface requires APIs only available in Creators Edition
How come Illustrator was able to support other scale-options even before windows 10?
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Just updated to Photoshop CC and no scaling yet?  Very disappointing. :(
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I join with my opinion that 150% UI scaling would be super useful. 27 inch 4K screens (like mine) are quite common. Working in 100% is very inconvenient, while 200% just makes it look ridiculous...

I'm pretty sure this is going to be more and more problematic, as not many people will have the space to use 37+ inch screens, while 4K will likely become standard soon (if not already)...
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Even more annoying is that it seems Illustrator actually handles this correctly...
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I think having this feature is rather urgent, as using either 100% or 200% really hinders the overall workflow at every single step! I've been dealing with this for almost two versions now! will we have to wait until CC 2019...?
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Continuously scalable UI will be available in an update in the very near future. You won't have to wait until another year for a full version upgrade.
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Looking forward to it Jeffrey. Teaching Ps on full HD flatscreens is a pain with either 100% or  200%.
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Please add scaling support.  This is really disappointing.
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The whole UI scaling issue is making both Microsoft and Adobe look like amateur programmers. Windows OS and Adobe apps now have a mixture of tiny UI elements, oversize menus, different scaling on different monitors. I've spent hours trying to fix this mess with a combination of Windows settings, Adobe preferences, even registry tweaks - seems like each setting change affects something else. Do you guys even use your own software?
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Please add support for at the very least 150% UI scaling. Thank you.
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Still waiting Adobe. Not sure why you can't add this option to Photoshop as you have with Illustrator and InDesign...

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Finally, after 3 years

Jan 22, 2018 update of Photoshop CC 2018 (19.1) fixed this issue permanently.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problem in font size.

I am using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 in my Lenovo Ideapad 320 laptop.
 But in this App, the app's font size is very small like toolbar, in all different windows. So, how to increase the font size of the Photoshop app..? The font size was not visible.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PS cc 2017 UI Scaling.

Any Idea when you all are going to fix the UI Scaling issue that PS cc 2017 has? ( 100% too small, 200% too bib and auto just defaults to 200%) Folks have been asking since 2015 for atleast a third option of 150%....