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

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LEGEND ,
May 02, 2014 May 02, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Jul 01, 2014 Jul 01, 2014

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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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 02, 2014 Jul 02, 2014

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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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 02, 2014 Jul 02, 2014

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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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 02, 2014 Jul 02, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Jul 20, 2014 Jul 20, 2014

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200% is too big size for 2560 x 1600 resolution 30 inches monitor. I think, that 150% will be a better solution.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 24, 2014 Jul 24, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Jul 29, 2014 Jul 29, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Jul 30, 2014 Jul 30, 2014

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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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 30, 2014 Jul 30, 2014

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everything up to CS6 is fine at 1920x1080

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LEGEND ,
Aug 05, 2014 Aug 05, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 05, 2014 Aug 05, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 05, 2014 Aug 05, 2014

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maintain != getting new features

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 05, 2014 Aug 05, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2014 Aug 07, 2014

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How do I get to this feature in photoshop elements 12?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2014 Aug 07, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 11, 2014 Aug 11, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 11, 2014 Aug 11, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 14, 2014 Aug 14, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 14, 2014 Aug 14, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 15, 2014 Aug 15, 2014

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I don't understand how to get UI scaling on my photoshop? I have photoshop CC

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LEGEND ,
Aug 15, 2014 Aug 15, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Aug 16, 2014 Aug 16, 2014

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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. UI200on1920x120017inscreen_inl-52b83194-c08a-4844-95c9-20ca537e5154-1491263496.jpg

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New Here ,
Aug 18, 2014 Aug 18, 2014

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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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LEGEND ,
Sep 06, 2014 Sep 06, 2014

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like it but would like a shortcut to go back instead of re starting

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LEGEND ,
Sep 26, 2014 Sep 26, 2014

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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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