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Mac Mini M2 / 4K display UI text size in PS

Community Expert ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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Hi all

i'm wondering if anyone's using a 4K (27") display with an M2 mac mini with macOS Ventura and Photoshop successfully. 
in the past I've read of users having issues with Photoshops UI text being tiny and that although Apple scaled on their own retina displays but that didn't apply to third party displays. 

Surely there must be a good solution. 
I've looked at various posts both here and elsewhere and see suggestions to scale the resolution in macOS settings / displays. 
Is this a satisfactory solution? It doesn't lose the advantages of buying a 4 K display in the first place?


this post is informative but the comments suggest it doesn't always work. https://www.macobserver.com/tips/how-to/4k-monitor-retina-mode/

thx

neil Barstow colourmanagement. 

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Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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I spotted this reply where the user had issues with macOS Ventura. I'm hoping that been fixed either in macOS or in Photoshop?

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/issue-upscaling-on-4k-monitor-resolut... 

thx Neil 

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Nov 17, 2023 Nov 17, 2023

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surely someone must have tried this?

thx for any tips

 

neil barstow colourmanagement

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Nov 30, 2023 Nov 30, 2023

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I took the plunge and bought a 4K display. Plugged it into the M2 mini (via HDMI) and at the auto selected "recommended" resolution it looked quite soft focus. Terrible. 
A trip to System settings / displays revealed new setting options which only appeared once the high Rez display was attached. 
5 simple options appeared - choosing "recommended" gave me HD which was soft. Choosing "more space" gives me full 4K but text, icons etc are minuscule. 
the choice between the two gives nice crisp appearance and good legibility. 

success. 
I hope this helps others watching this thread. 
Neil Barstow. Colourmanagement. 

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Nov 30, 2023 Nov 30, 2023

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Update:

 

Here are some screenshots which some Mac users considering a 4K display may find helpful I hope

 

1: Displays/resolution options with a standard display (Eizo Coloredge CG247)

at the bottom of this options dialog is "show all resolutions" revealing many more options

not that you'd need them.

NBcolourmanagementnet_34-1701346867044.jpeg

 

 

 

2: 4K display (standard options displayed)

I am using the highlighted option between "default" and "more space" 

"default" seemed rather soft focus and a waste of a 4K display to my eye 

NBcolourmanagementnet_36-1701346867046.jpeg

 

 

 

3: 4K display / Advanced / "show resolutions as a list"

then with "show all resolutions" checked.

NBcolourmanagementnet_38-1701346867046.jpeg

 

 

 

3: 4K display / Advanced / "show resolutions as a list"

- the full options list - with "show all resolutions" also checked.

NBcolourmanagementnet_40-1701346867046.jpeg

 

 

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net - adobe forum volunteer - co-author: 'getting colour right'
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management

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