Why are my fonts so tiny in photoshop?
July 16, 2011 1:30 PM Subscribe
The text, out of nowhere, is TINY when I type in a Photoshop document. The problem is, I know all of the ways to fix this--except, obviously, whatever solution I'm missing. I'm on Mac OSX 10.5.8 and Photoshop CS4 Extended.
posted by tzikeh to Media & Arts (29 answers total)
I've been using Photoshop CS4 for at least a year. I used Photoshop every day all this past week; this weirdness started yesterday. I have no clue why; I haven't changed a thing.
What I've done to try to fix it so far:
Made sure that the psd is set at 72 dpi, and not something ridiculously large or small.
Made sure that I was viewing the document at 100%.
Reset the character preferences.
Run "verify permissions" on the computer.
Rebooted the computer.
Dragged the Photoshop preferences file onto my desktop and then restarted the program so that it would set fresh preferences, and then reset all of my preferences.
Finally, I uninstalled the program, re-installed it, and tried again.
There *is* one really, really strange thing going on. I don't like to have my psd size set by inches; I use pixel measurements when I work. In the "units and rulers" preferences, I've set Rulers to pixels, and type to pixels. I've set "New Document Present Resolutions" to 72 pixels/inch and Screen Resolution to 72 pixels/inch. "Point/Pica Size" is set to "Traditional."
There's something called "Column Size," with which I am not familiar. It's currently set at the default, which is "Width: 180 points" and "Gutter: 12 points." I don't know what a column even is in Photoshop, but I doubt this is the problem.
When I choose my "New Document" preferences, I choose "Preset": Web. "Size" is 640 pixels x 480 pixels. "Resolution" is 72 pixels/inch.
When I choose "new document," and check "image size," it says Document Size: Width 8.889 INCHES and Height 6.667 INCHES. I do not know why it's changing, but this is the most likely explanation for why the fonts appear as tiny as they do, as far as I can figure out.
I have no idea how to fix this, since my presets do not ever mention inches. Like I said, I've saved my preferences and restarted the program. I've reset the character preferences. Reset all preferences entirely. Uninstalled and reinstalled (from my Photoshop CS4 DVDs).
I'm absolutely baffled. Please, someone, help me.