MONITOR ADVICE Please?

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  1. SUSU65 macrumors newbie

    SUSU65

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    #1
    Hello -

    I want to buy a new flat screen to use with my Mac Mini.

    I think I can run 2560 x 1440 resolution ( standard for an Apple Display )
    ( it will not be an Apple though - too pricey )
    However,
    when using high rez displays - the icons get very small
    as well as the tool box's and tools in Illustrator and Photoshop.

    A PC person told me that he's running a 4K monitor
    and he could adjust all the tool box's and tools bigger,
    while still having the working resolution at 4K.

    Can a MAC do that ???
    Run a rich pixel depth for the working resolution,
    but have the tools not follow suit and become so small
    that their uncomfortable?
    Is there a way to set the size of the tools etc. so it's just
    visually easier to find and work with all the tools etc. ??
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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  3. SUSU65 thread starter macrumors newbie

    SUSU65

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    #3
    Thank you - the main question that I have is :

    • As monitor resolution goes up, the size of icons and tools when in Illustrator and photshop - etc.
    goes down.

    • That is to say - the tools get smaller and less comfortable to see and work with.

    • Is there a way to customize ( change the size ) of the tools on a mac ?
    for software packages like AI and PS ?

    • Or is this a problem that people just accept and deal with ?

    • Such as, if people run a 25inch monitor that is 2560 x 1440 ( example )
    are you stuck with tiny tools and you just have to accept that, or can you somehow change the size of tools and pallets ?? ( I cant seem to find a way to do that - using CS 6 Creative Suite )
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    Thank you - the main question that I have is :

    • As monitor resolution goes up, the size of icons and tools when in Illustrator and photshop - etc.
    goes down.

    • That is to say - the tools get smaller and less comfortable to see and work with.

    • Is there a way to customize ( change the size ) of the tools on a mac ?
    for software packages like AI and PS ?

    • Or is this a problem that people just accept and deal with ?

    • Such as, if people run a 25inch monitor that is 2560 x 1440 ( example )
    are you stuck with tiny tools and you just have to accept that, or can you somehow change the size of tools and pallets ?? ( I cant seem to find a way to do that - using CS 6 Creative Suite )
    --- Post Merged, Mar 1, 2016 ---
    Thank you - the main question that I have is :

    • As monitor resolution goes up, the size of icons and tools when in Illustrator and photshop - etc.
    goes down.

    • That is to say - the tools get smaller and less comfortable to see and work with.

    • Is there a way to customize ( change the size ) of the tools on a mac ?
    for software packages like AI and PS ?

    • Or is this a problem that people just accept and deal with ?

    • Such as, if people run a 25inch monitor that is 2560 x 1440 ( example )
    are you stuck with tiny tools and you just have to accept that, or can you somehow change the size of tools and pallets ?? ( I cant seem to find a way to do that - using CS 6 Creative Suite )
     
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    #4
    You could also pick a monitor with a different resolution. I'm using a 29" monitor 2560x1080 (which is a larger size and fewer pixels than your example) and it looks great, to my eyes. And it was pretty affordable.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    OP:

    If you're concerned about icons and text being "too small" on a display (while running at "native resolution"), you might consider one of the "mid-resolution" 27" displays.

    These are 27" displays which have a pixel size of .31mm, and a native resolution of 1920x1080.

    The result is an image that is slightly "blown up" a little.

    Young folks with good eyes will look at an image like this and proclaim, "that's too grainy!".
    But for older eyes (like mine), it looks great.

    I use this display with my Mac Mini:
    http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VX2...qid=1456934099&sr=8-2&keywords=viewsonic+2770

    There are several others "out there".
     
  6. LiveM macrumors 6502a

    LiveM

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    Consider a 20" Apple Cinema Display. They're the most beautiful design and cheap as chips. Plus a matte screen which you can't get anymore. Resolution is 1600x 1050 and the 24" is similar ppi at 1920x1200 or something.
     

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