Increase UI Text Size

Increase UI Text Size in Photoshop

As monitor resolution becomes higher, and as people get older, there’s going to be a need for larger text sizes, especially within the user interface. While some operating systems allow you to control this (to an extent), Photoshop also has a built in feature that can help with eye strain.

User Interface Text Size

By default, the UI text size is set to “Small”, which for some people, may be difficult to see. Here’s how to enlarge it.


To access this feature, you need to hop into Photoshop’s interface preferences.

Windows: Edit > Preferences > Interface
Mac: Photoshop > Preferences > Interface

Once you’re in the interface preferences, towards the bottom, you’ll see the Text option, where you can choose from one of three sizes; Small, Medium, Large.

UI Text Preferences


Here’s a look at the difference between the small and large settings.


Small UI Text


Large UI Text

Dialogue Boxes

In addition to the workspace’s UI becoming larger, you’ll also see the change within dialogue boxes, such as Layer Styles, as seen below.

Layer Styles Dialogue

A Big Difference?

The difference you’re going to see between the small and large settings won’t be astronomical, but it will be enough to ease your eye strain. I hope this helps!

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  • Great tip Howard! Perfect for instructors using a projector.

  • Awesome thanks for the tip howard! please can i ask why my photoshop is blinking? i’m using it on windows 8 and the image just gos black and normal when zooming and out? or when something is selected, please if you know why this issue is ocurring reply it would be really appreciated thanks.

    • Sounds like it could be a graphics card issue, but it’s really hard to tell. I wouldn’t be able to give you a definitive answer from here. Sorry.

    • Roman

      Hi, go to Preferences in PS then Performance. In there go to Advanced settings and change your Drawing mode to Basic. This should help.

  • Parvez

    Can’t believe there are so many things in Photoshop I still don’t Know about them and thanks for sharing very useful tip.

  • broadbander66

    I’m responding to this 2 years after the article. I’m using CS6, the difference, as you stated, is minimal, ie, not enough. My question is, if I go to CC as a monthly/annual subscription, will the UI Font adjustments then be a lot better in terms of increases?

  • Bel

    doesn´t help with full hd screens