Drop-down menu fonts aren't adjustable

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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I’m writing about a problem I’ve encountered that seems to have a lot of people frustrated on the forums, but that Adobe apparently hasn’t done anything to address. This pertains to both LR Classic and PS 2002.

 

I use LR Classic CC and Photoshop 2022 on a new Macbook Pro (OS 12.1, M1 max chip), connected to an external monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The problem is that the fonts in the drop-down menus (and to a lesser extent, on the panel labels) are spidery and difficult to read, and there’s no way to adjust them or make them larger and clearer. From what I’ve read on the forums, this problem is even worse for those who have upgraded to 4K monitors.

 

The usual solution (and the only one offered by tech support) is to use the Mac’s system preferences to change the monitor display settings to a lower resolution. This isn’t a workable solution because external monitors don’t work well when they’re not at their optimal resolution. If you try to scale them to something other than the default setting, you lose sharpness. I’m a professional photographer and I can’t work on a blurry monitor.

 

In the “preferences / interface” panel of LR, there are options to make fonts larger, but these have no visible effect on drop-down menu fonts (and in fact I still don’t know what they actually adjust). Some responses on the forums suggest that people think these DO affect those fonts, but they’re mistaken. Whether the efficacy of those settings is affected by monitor resolution, I don’t know—but it shouldn’t be.

 

What's really needed—and will be even more important as people transition to 4K monitors—is the ability for the user to adjust font size and sharpness in the panels and menus without rescaling the monitor resolution. This should be well within the technical capabilities of the Adobe programming team. It could simply be part of the "preferences" panel -- an option for "Font sizes in drop-down menus" and another for "Font sizes in panel labels." It may require some collaboration between your engineers and those at Apple, but I assume there’s precedent for that.

 

With all the griping about this problem on the forums—complaints that go back years, mind you—it’s hard to understand why nothing’s been done about it. I’d appreciate it (and so would a lot of other people) if you could look into this and come up with a fix.

 

Thanks.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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One of the problems is that Mac OS X does not do the interface scaling on 2560 x 1440 external monitors such as this that it can do on built-in displays and 4k or higher monitors. There you don't actually change the resolution but you change the interface scaling. If Mac OS X enabled this option for QHD/2560x1440 monitors and offer the "larger text" and "more space" options, this problem would be gone. There is however a hack called betterdummy (read here: https://www.macworld.com/article/549493/how-to-m1-mac-1440p-display-hidpi-retina-scaling.html ) download here: https://github.com/waydabber/BetterDummy 

Perhaps this can help you here.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 03, 2022 Feb 03, 2022

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The ideal (but not free) solution is to get SwitchRes X (https://www.madrau.com). This utility allows you to set your monitors to a huge number of different resolutions, including lots of HiDPI settings. I have two 4K monitors connected to my 16" MacBook Pro M1 Max and I can get crisp and clear menus at any size I want.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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