Have you ever wondered why the font size is always so inconsistent in Photoshop? Sometimes you type in some text and then you set the font size to 12 pt or points. But it’s not even close to being 12 points and the text so tiny that you can barely read it. Other times, 12 points is gigantic. So why isn’t a 12 point text in Photoshop the same size as a 12 point text would be in other software like Microsoft Word? In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll explain to you why that’s happening and how you can fix it.

8 responses to “Why is the Font so Big or Small in Photoshop”

  1. MS Avatar

    Can’t play videos – could somebody write the summary of vid?

  2.  Avatar

    For web development, what would be the appropriate width and height to get consistency between the font size on websites and the font size in Photoshop?

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      There’s a lot of variables involved but here’s the quick answer:

      Width: 1440px
      Height: 900px
      DPI: 72 <-- This makes Photoshop's font size match the CSS font size. Those setting should fit a standard grid system. Inside your document, you would create a container with a width of 1140px.

  3. Darcy Berg Avatar
    Darcy Berg

    Thank you Denny!

  4. Danny Clark Avatar
    Danny Clark

    I watched the video several times stopped at each step and did exactly as you said, it flat out doesn’t work. The correct statistics were in there to begin with but I re entered them. I had a couple of buddies with the same issue follow your video and it didn’t work for them either.

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      A 12pt font will always be 12pt when printed at 100%. However, it may look bigger/smaller on your screen depending on the DPI. As long as your DPI and image width/height are set correctly, your font should show up correctly.

      Do you have any ideas or hints to why it’s not working? How can we reproduce your issue?

      The only thing I can think of is the character settings. In the Character panel (Window > Character), make sure that the sub/superscript options are off.

      Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/EhAf5J9.png

    2. Samuel Avatar

      Danny, I too had the same issue except I had mistakenly typed PX for PT. Once I typed PT, it all worked!

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