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Units set to Inches, but Properties panel shows pixels

Engaged ,
Dec 29, 2016

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Hello, how can I get my Properties panel to display in inches, rather than pixels? I have set my rulers to inches under the Units & Rulers Preferences, but when I draw a rectangle (Rectangle Tool), and I want to numerically modify its size in the Properties panel, the panel fields display pixels. How can I change this to decimal inches? Thanks-

Deselect everything on the layer panel, your "Properties" panel should have a document units drop-down menu. Change to your desired units.  Done.

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Units set to Inches, but Properties panel shows pixels

Engaged ,
Dec 29, 2016

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Hello, how can I get my Properties panel to display in inches, rather than pixels? I have set my rulers to inches under the Units & Rulers Preferences, but when I draw a rectangle (Rectangle Tool), and I want to numerically modify its size in the Properties panel, the panel fields display pixels. How can I change this to decimal inches? Thanks-

Deselect everything on the layer panel, your "Properties" panel should have a document units drop-down menu. Change to your desired units.  Done.

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You can enter it yourself. (e.g., "7 in")    The unit of measurement should stick, too, until you decide otherwise.

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Engaged ,
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Ok that's cool, I see how that can work, thanks, I didn't know I could do that. But now, if I deselect that rectangle, then re-select it, the Properties panel only tells me the value in pixels. Is there a way to set it to display in decimal inches always?

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Weird. It should stick with that particular layer (at least it does with mine). Even when I close the document and re-open it, the unit of measurement sticks with what I had before.

ON EDIT: I'm using Photoshop CC 2017 as well but on a Windows 10 x64 system.

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As shown below, Right-click (or Control-click on Mac) on the measurement field and you can change the measurement type.

Photoshop CCScreenSnapz001.png

Correction: While this works, sadly it doesn't stay when you leave and come back.

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Dan, I'm getting it to stick. Even when I close out of the doc, then re-launch it. If I click on a rectangle (made with Rectangle Tool) created in a previous session, the Properties panel remembers I set that rectangle for inches. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Now, that's weird. When I set it to inches myself, it sticks. When I set it per Dan's tip and go to, say, choose another layer and come back, it resets to pixels. The same applies if I go to save, close, then re-open.  : /

Bug, maybe?

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Deselect everything on the layer panel, your "Properties" panel should have a document units drop-down menu. Change to your desired units.  Done.

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Thank you so much!

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Came here with the same issue, and not only solved it... this sped up a daily process of mine.

Thanks!

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YAAAS! This worked. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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My properties panel doesn't have any of those options. All it shows is Document Properties, width, height, and position with none of the options yours seems to have.

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Hey, my properties tab looks like this below. Im trying to make my shapes, rectangle in particular display in inches and its only showing in CM. Please help!

Screen Shot 2019-12-06 at 11.13.34 AM.png

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had same issue as keeley and then solved by accident.... create a shape with rectangle tool and once you deselect it, the "Document" option shows up in Properties Panel and then you can select the Units in dropdown. worked for me!

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Addition note to Nicole0D44 -  I had to rasterize the rectangle shape before I could see the change from pixels to inches.

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