HiDPI and Apple Retina displays are displays which have a greater number of pixels per inch than traditional monitors. Some displays are so dense you can’t detect individual pixels with the naked eye. To support these monitors, Photoshop responds to the scale factor setup in your operating system preferences. The larger the scale factor in your system preferences, the larger Photoshop scales the user interface. This allows the user to adjust the size of the user interface and provide crisp text.
Photoshop supports a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 at 100% user interface scaling. The minumum screen resolution needs to increase as the UI scaling factor is increased. For example, you would need a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 to scale comfortably to 150% or a screen resolution of 2880 x 1800 to scale comfortably to 200%.
See System Requirements for complete minimum technical specifications to run and use Photoshop.
Photoshop offers full support on HiDPI hardware, including the Retina Display available on the current MacBook Pro.
Photoshop adjusts its resolution based on your macOS Displays System Preferences:
In multi-monitor environments on macOS, dragging a window from a HiDPI Retina screen to a non-HiDPI monitor automatically adjusts the window scaling. The behavior helps avoid an overly large window and avoid excessive redraw.
Photoshop offers a full range of choices for UI scaling—from 100% through 400% in 25% increments.
Photoshop adjusts its resolution based on your Windows settings:
In addition, you can adjust per-monitor scaling across monitors with different scaling factors. This flexibility ensures that a high resolution (HiDPI) laptop works seamlessly alongside a lower-resolution desktop monitor, or vice versa. For example, one of your monitors can have a scale factor of 175%, while another monitor can have a scale factor of 400%. So, you can choose either the highest-end 13-inch laptops with 4k screens, the more affordable 1080p models, or tap into 8k desktop monitors, and still have an uncompromised experience within Photoshop.
On Windows 10, the UI Scaling setting in Photoshop Photoshop Preferences > Interface > UI Scaling applies to some components, such as the File Info and some 3rd party plug-ins.
When the UI Scaling option is set to Auto, scaling defaults to the value closest to the primary monitor's OS scaling factor—100% or 200%.
On Windows 7, the UI Scaling setting in Photoshop Preferences > Interface > UI Scaling all of Photoshop's user interface. When the UI Scaling option is set to Auto, scaling defaults to the value closest to the primary monitor's OS scaling factor—100% or 200%.
Editing your images on a HiDPI display will make your images appear sharper; however, your images will display smaller. View your images at 200% to make the preview larger (choose View > 200%).
New or changed commands
HiDPI Retina support was added to Photoshop 6 (version 13.0.2) for macOS perpetual license customers. Camera Raw 8.1 adds HiDPI support under Photoshop CS6 as well.
Is HiDPI support provided for versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS6?
No, there are no plans to provide HiDPI support for versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS6.