Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ask Ron: Using Photoshop and Lightroom on a 4k/5k UHD Displays

A reader was telling me today that they didn’t care for using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom on a 4k, 5k or UHD display because the UI elements were too tiny. The good news is that if you are using CC 2015 or later editions, it’s easy to fix this problem.

For Photoshop you simply need to open the preferences dialog and select the Interface page. From there, you just change the “UI Font Size” to Large and “UI Scaling” to 200%. While the latest version seems to work ok with the “Auto” setting, it doesn’t work  properly in older builds of Photoshop CC 2015.

Here’s an animated GIF that illustrates what values that need to be changed:

Photoshop CC 2015 - Preferences | Text UI Font Size & UI Scaling
Photoshop CC 2015 - Preferences | Text UI Font Size & UI Scaling

Lightroom works in a similar way, but you only need to go to the Interface page and change the “Font Size” setting to “Larger – 200%”. 

Lightroom CC 2015 - Set Font Size to Larger 200%
Lightroom CC 2015 - Set Font Size to Larger 200%

Naturally these are recommendations as some will prefer the smaller UI and extra screen real estate, while others like the bigger UI but have a tolerance for smaller fonts. The good news is that this is the general pattern to fix the problem so you can choose the values that meet your needs best.

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