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John Stanowski
Using Photoshop with lower res images on super hi-res iMac
on Apr 29, 2019 at 5:27:45 am

I just switched from a trash bin Mac Pro and a 2k monitor to a new iMac with 5k display.

I was loving it for a while there, until I had to work in Photoshop. Suddenly all of the 2kish images I needed to work on are tiny on the new iMac's 5k screen.

Has anyone else had to deal with this? I can't see what I'm working on at 100%.

And, I don't want to zoom in because I want to see how the photos really look at 100% when I do sharpening.
(A lot of what I do is for the web).

Is there a trick to dealing with this?

2013 Intel MacPro
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC
AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
Software OS X 10.14.3
Adobe CC


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Simon Rangerson
Re: Using Photoshop with lower res images on super hi-res iMac
on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:45:22 pm

I don't really understand your question. You'd like to see how the image look like at 100% scale. Does this mean that if the image is, for example, 3*6 inches, 100% scale has to be 3*6 inches, and if the monitor is huge, the image will be small comparing to it...


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John Stanowski
Re: Using Photoshop with lower res images on super hi-res iMac
on Apr 29, 2019 at 9:23:29 pm

I was using a 2k monitor before.

I'm accustomed to seeing a 1500px wide photo almost fill the screen at 100% in Photoshop.

Now that I am using a 5k monitor, that same photo at 100% fills only about a third of the screen.
It's hard to see the effects of any sharpening I do for web.

There's nothing I can do about this, i know. I should have thought about that before I got an iMac with a 5k display.

But I was wondering how other deal with this, if at all.

2013 Intel MacPro
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC
AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
Software OS X 10.14.3
Adobe CC


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John Stanowski
Re: Using Photoshop with lower res images on super hi-res iMac
on Apr 29, 2019 at 9:26:26 pm

* how "others" deal with this

2013 Intel MacPro
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC
AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
Software OS X 10.14.3
Adobe CC


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Using Photoshop with lower res images on super hi-res iMac
on Apr 30, 2019 at 6:53:12 am

If you view it at 300% it will essentially look the same as it did on your earlier screen.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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