P: Curve adjustment graph dialog size is tiny. Please make it bigger.

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Guide ,
May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

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The Curve Adjustment properties dialog can be scaled somewhat, but it is still tiny on larger screens running a higher resolution. In Gimp, PhotoLine, and other image editors the curves graph can be scaled up to the actual screen size, if needed.

Please make the curves graph more responsive in regards to dialog scaling. The graph is so small, making it harder than it needs to be to work with, and very difficult for precise adjustments.

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Guide ,
May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

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i think they have that planned for CC2025...

and hey, if it was good enough for 1992, it's good enough for you!

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Participant ,
May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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I strongly support this suggestion.  The curves graph is so small, it's difficult to adjust accurately.  At least make it as big as it is in ACR.

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Guide ,
May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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You do know that you can resize the one in PS? At its largest size, it's the same size as the one in ACR...

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Explorer ,
May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017

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The small size of the curve adjustment tool has been an inconvenience to me for quite a while. Even at it's largest setting, it just isn't big enough to use easily on modern displays.

Matt

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LEGEND ,
Nov 04, 2018 Nov 04, 2018

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I totally agree with this. The Curve Adjustment tool should be flexible and scaleable.

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2019 Mar 04, 2019

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As screen pixels got smaller over the last few years, the histogram and curves interface are getting a bit harder to use. Even at maximum size, I struggle to make fine adjustments. Let's have the interface scale to the full size of the palette instead of being limited like they are currently.

Thanks!
MH

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LEGEND ,
Oct 17, 2020 Oct 17, 2020

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Three years since the original post.  It still sucks.  I'm starting to think Adobe just hates us all.

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Contributor ,
Nov 09, 2020 Nov 09, 2020

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It would be really handy on occasion to be able to expand the curves control to be a large graph, to allow finer control. 

It is already usefully possible to do this for the gradient tool, and the flyout control can be enlarged for the curve tool etc, but the tool itself remains tidy.  It is a shame to have a posh high res screen but not be able to make use of it for accuracy everywhere.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2020 Nov 24, 2020

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Curves are my #1 tool; I use it for everything from controlling levels to color grading. Would really appreciate being able to scale it up as big as I want it.

Ditto for layer styles contour graphs where I might want to use pretty intricate falloff curves.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 01, 2020 Dec 01, 2020

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I'd like to suggest that the curves histogram in the Properties panel be made responsive.  This way, if you expand the size of the panel, the histogram would grow proportionately, and allow for easier mouse use when fine tuning of points on the curves.

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Contributor ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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Sure, massive curves window on Lightroom for iPad, but anyway to do this in the core Photoshop program? This drives me insane. Why [removed by moderator] isn't this responsive in 2022. Did I miss something?

 

Screen Shot 2022-01-13 at 13.27.42.png

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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What is the point of your question? 

Since finger touch has a large area of contact with the screen, usually all interface elements that require positioning accuracy are increased for mobile devices. On a computer, as a rule, we work not with a finger, but with the help of positioning devices - a mouse or a stylus, the resolution of which makes it easy to control the position of the cursor on the screen with pixel accuracy.  If the graph seems too small for you and you need increased accuracy, you can enter point values manually or control their position from the keyboard. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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A larger Curves graph would be nice.

 

But for practical purposes, the current maximum size is OK. For one thing, the current maximum size of the graph already gives you maximum possible precision. Because the number of levels Photoshop lets us control is 256 (even with 16 bpc images), and the graph is already 256 pixels wide or tall at maximum size, so at that size you already have control over every accessible level with the mouse.

 

Yes, a one-pixel drag in Curves is a pain, and that is a good reason for Adobe to make the graph bigger. But for the last 20 years or so it has already been possible to make a one level (one pixel) adjustment, by using the arrow keys to nudge a selected curve point in the graph or its value beside the graph.

 

I doubt Adobe is against a bigger graph; more likely it isn’t close enough to the top of the list of their priorities. If you want to try and increase that priority, you can go to the Ideas section of this forum and first look to see if someone already requested it and vote it up or comment, and if there isn’t a request there already, create one.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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Actually, you may wish to return to the 90's to the old style modal curves window, with this free panel from @Davide_Barranca 

 

https://exchange.adobe.com/creativecloud.details.727.floating-adj.html

https://www.cc-extensions.com/plugins/floating-adjustments

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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The problem is that the maximum size of the graph in the curves panel pixel by pixel is equal to the size of the graph in the modal window 🙂

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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Is your issue that you are using a touch screen, and finding it difficult to precisely place a point on the tonal value you need?

Do you have an option of using a stylus? 

What device are you using?

What is the screen size and resolution?

Would you be any better setting the UI to 200%?   I have never likeed using Photoshop on anything other than a desktop with a decent monitor size, and nowadays I'd hate to have to use anything other than the 32 inch main with two 24 inch screens for the workspace.  Having said that, I can't remember ever having an issue with the size of the Adjustment layer properties panels.

 

Two possible options come to mind. One is to use the wee hand icon, which I think you might be doing already.  The other is to fine tune the point placement via the Input value beneath the curve window

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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I thought that it resized/scaled. Oh well, shows how good my memory is! :]

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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I was going to suggest that Targeted (On-Image) Adjustment Tool, but when I tried it, it seemed like the actual range of dragging is not any more than in the Curves panel itself. For example, if an image is on a large display and you start dragging up from the center of the image, the range of control doesn’t extend all the way up to the top of the image or the window. It tops out the value of that curve point well within the image, close to the center, and the total drag range within which you could actually change things looked about the same as the Curves panel graph.

 

Seems like it should be able to use the entire image area for more control, which is the same idea as the feature request this thread started with for the Curves panel.

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Explorer ,
May 04, 2022 May 04, 2022

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Some irony, is that the old-school curves modal, once, had two (or even three) size options, and at the same time, it was possible to collapse, completely unnecessary open for all the time, the "options", which are now displayed all the time and just waste space on the screen .

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