Two Photoshop Settings that will Save your Eyes
Submitted by bobweiner on October 26, 2009 - 22:05
With displays becoming larger and larger, and with fonts and text becoming increasingly smaller and smaller, thereâ€™s a good risk youâ€™re already suffering from eyestrain.
I use Photoshop quite a bit. My primary monitor is a 30â€³ Samsung 305T Plus display. It is not uncommon for me to get a headache due to prolonged computer use. Here are two settings I discovered within the Photoshop preferences that have helped ease some of my eyestrain.
The first is within the Interface section. On a large display (24â€³ or greater), consider bumping up the UI Font Size to Large. (Itâ€™s at the bottom of the panel, under UI Text Options).
Here is what the UI settings look like on Small (the default setting):
And here is what they look like when they are Large. In order to make a proper comparison, youâ€™ll want to click the images. Note that the Actions and the Layers are now much easier to read than they were before.
Edit: Hereâ€™s a screen capture showing both layer palettes next to one another:
Next up is Photoshopâ€™s Type settings. I donâ€™t know about you, but the default Front Preview Size settings (Small) is a major source for my eye strain. I have bumped it up to Huge, and it makes visual comparisons of all my fonts a much, much more bearable process.
Edit: Below (Font Type set to Medium):
Edit: Below (Font Type set to Huge):
Both tips may find use within your workflow. Of course, itâ€™s also important to take a break and periodically focus your eyes on distant objects (to give your eyes a chance to adjust their focus).
Do you have another PS tip to minimize eyestrain? Sound off in the comments below!
P.S. After making the changes to the settings, youâ€™ll have to quit and restart Photoshop for the new changes to take effect.