Increasing size of thumbnails for Mac?

New Here ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I'm new to Mac and cannot really see the tiny thumbnail icons which PS seems to give as standard- is there a way to enlarge them. They look especially tiny on my 27 inch screen!

 

In Win 10 there was a choice of several sizes and I always used the largest when secection an image to work on.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Thanks, Pete.

Views

4.3K

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines

correct answers 1 Correct answer

Adobe Community Professional , Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

I'm pretty sure I understand what you want because I successfully did this myself. The open/save Finder window has the icon size fixed at 80 pixels. You can however adjust this in your home Finder plist file:

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist  

 

First you will need a Plist Editor. This is my favorite: "Plist Editor" in the MacOS App Store.

Navigate to and open:  com.apple.finder.plist  

Go to the "FKDefaulticonviewsettings" and click on the triangle to expand to the settings.

Enter 2

...

Likes

Translate

Translate
Adobe Employee ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi Pete, 

 

If you are looking to change the thumbnail size for images/files in finder, you can check out the steps suggested here: https://bigtechquestion.com/2020/01/09/software/mac/make-photo-thumbnails-bigger-mac/

 

Hope this helps! If it doesn't please elaborate what you are looking for so that we can try & help out with that. 

Regards,

Nikunj

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

It's unclear if you're asking about Mac Finder previews or thumbnails inside Photoshop's Layers panel.

 

If the latter, right-click or Ctrl+click on thumbnail to bring up the context menu. See screenshot.

image.png

 

If the former, Apple has online documentation on how to use Mac Finder.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi, sorry for the delay in replying and thanks for your responses. I'm not trying to increase the thumbnail sizes in Mac Finder, I've already done that successfully. Also, I'm not trying to increase the size in PS Layers (which is useful but not what I'm after)!

My method of working is to Import the images from memory card to Lightroom, into a filing system of Folders and Sub-folders; normally I don't use Lightroom for any further processing, I do that in Photoshop CC. This is where my problem arises: when I click on the Folder, PS shows all the images as thumbnails. In Windows there was a facilty to choose the size of these; on the Mac I can't find that option and unfortunately the display size on the screen is approximately 13mm x 10mm, i.e tiny! I've increased the size of the window to max but that doesn't increase the thumbnail size, it just shows more tiny thumbnails.

I took several hundred photos at a motor racing event the other day so trying to see which images are worth further processing is impossible with these tiny versions.

 

So, if anyone has an ideas about how to fix this in the Mac version of Photoshop I would be obliged (it is, for sure,  not a Mac problem, it is the way PS handles Mac).

 

Is there a tech dept at Adobe which deals with Customers issues such as this?

 

Thanks for your advice.

 

Pete.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Adjust screen resolution, etc... from your Mac OS display settings.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Pete,

In addition to Mac display settings, you can adjust UI scaling from Photoshop's Preferences > Interface panel.

 

Adobe Customer Care is mainly for billing, accounts, software installation & activation issues.  For questions about product usage, these user-to-user forums are your best resource because we actually use the products regularly, customer care agents don't.

 

Feel free to post your Photoshop feedback below where the product developers will see it.

https://feedback.photoshop.com/

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied


@Forrrest Grump wrote:

(it is, for sure,  not a Mac problem, it is the way PS handles Mac).


 

If you are talking about the file dialog box you see when you choose File > Open, can you describe the evidence you have for why you think it is not a Mac problem?

 

Because Photoshop appears to use the standard macOS Open/Save dialog box, and as far as I can tell, it works the same in Photoshop as it does in any other Mac application: macOS does not provide a thumbnail size control in the Open dialog box, not like you have in the Mac Finder. Can you name a Mac application that does have a size control for Icon view in the Open dialog box? (If there is one, they probably custom-coded a non-standard Open dialog box.)

 

In fact this same problem has been discussed on the forum of a major competitor to Photoshop, Affinity Photo. It too suffers from the same limitation imposed by macOS. That forum thread suggested this useful workaround: Even though macOS does not provide a size control for icon view in Open/Save dialog boxes, macOS does support QuickLook in that dialog box, so if you select an image and press the spacebar (standard shortcut for QuickLook), a large preview will open. You can press the arrow keys to see other images using that large QuickLook preview.

 

I would go a little further and suggest that the Open dialog box is my least favorite way to preview images for opening in Photoshop. I prefer to use any of the following more efficient methods:

  • Look at the images in their folder window in the Mac Finder, where you can use either the size control for Icon view, or Gallery view which provides a large preview; when you identify the images you want just drag and drop them into the Photoshop application window or onto the Photoshop icon. Drag and drop is fewer steps than having to go through the Open dialog box. 
  • Preview the images in Lightroom, especially if you are already using it for organizing. In addition to providing large previews, Lightroom of course has a command to open selected images directly into Photoshop, which, again, is so much faster than multiple clicks through the Open dialog box. I specifically use Lightroom Classic, which also lets me drag images from that and drop into Photoshop to open immediately. 
  • Preview the folder in Adobe Bridge, which lets you both set a larger thumbnail size and provides a resizable Preview panel, and a full screen preview similar to Quick Look (i.e., press the spacebar). When you have selected the images you want, just hit Enter or Return to pop them all open in Photoshop. Again, so much faster than the Open dialog box.

 

So the macOS problem you are running into can be solved in many ways: Inside the Open/Save dialog box with QuickLook, or by previewing in a better way than inside the limited Open/Save dialog box.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I'm pretty sure I understand what you want because I successfully did this myself. The open/save Finder window has the icon size fixed at 80 pixels. You can however adjust this in your home Finder plist file:

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist  

 

First you will need a Plist Editor. This is my favorite: "Plist Editor" in the MacOS App Store.

Navigate to and open:  com.apple.finder.plist  

Go to the "FKDefaulticonviewsettings" and click on the triangle to expand to the settings.

Enter 256 in "iconsize" as shown. Then press Enter to confirm, File > Save to keep the changes.

Next Relaunch the Finder by pressing and holding Option/Control on your keyboard and pressing the Finder icon in the dock. You should see "Relaunch" as a menu option.

Open Photoshop and see what the icons in the open window look like.

If they are too large, experiment with different iconsizes.

 

Screen Shot 2021-06-21 at 12.57.11 PM.png

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Explorer ,
May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Important to note that this Plist fix is hard to find - I did it on a previous OSX installation, and lost it. My reason was to have larger 'Place' thumbnails when using InDesign and I see there are other Adobe Support threads about this which fail to provide the solution or point to irrelevant YouTubes about general Finder prefs settings. Just to confirm - this solution works with InDesign 'Place' dialogue box when set to Icons, trransforms the user experience especially on Retina res screens.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

not in monterrey system

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Explorer ,
Jul 01, 2022 Jul 01, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

It's Monterey 12.4 I'm using and it works well.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

So basically here is what I see in the File > Open window.

Screen Shot 2021-06-21 at 2.22.08 PM.png

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
May 21, 2022 May 21, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

To summarize, this is a fix for Icon size display in the abbreviated Open/Save/Export/Import Finder dialogs MacOS serves to third party software. Those dialogs keep the thumbnails at a fixed size, usually 80 pixels and that cannot be adjusted like the normal Finder. This advice can help those who need the large thumbnails, but review this procedure first and don't attempt it if you are unsure.

 

It's been a stable and reliable fix for me. Feel free to let others know, but note:

It's been tested on MacOS 10.15.7, I can't vouch for later versions. Back up the old plist just in case.

It's worked with "Plist Editor" from the App store. It hasn't been tested using other editors.
"iconsize" is the only setting I've touched. Do not adjust any other setting unless you absolutely know what you are doing.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Explorer ,
May 22, 2022 May 22, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Interestingly my Retina 5K 27 inch screen is happy with 160 pixels instead of 256 and this is now working much faster. I did the 256 change using PList Editor from the App store, but found the thumbs were not building quickly. At 160, they have always appeared immediately and never been replaced by generic icons.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
May 22, 2022 May 22, 2022

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I'm glad that is settled for you and I would ask you to pass this method around the ID and other forums as needed. I only picked 256 because it worked best for my old non-retina MBP. I do encourage others to find what iconsize works best for their situation.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines