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Photoshop layer styles now have strange defaults on my system, seems like all values are scaled up. I don't know when or how it has happened.


  • Bevel size: 84px
  • Stroke size: 52px
  • Inner shadow distance, size: 84px
  • Inner glow size: 84px
  • Drop shadow distance, size: 84px ...

reset to default also brings these values. I don't yet have a chance to re-install.

I can always use Make Default and rewrite each value but I don't prefer this because:

  1. I don't exactly know each value on a new installation, and I want to have factory defaults for each value to have a smooth experience across different installations
  2. There may be other anomalies due to a potential resolution / scale value hidden somewhere, which also may be the source of the problem

Does anybody know where Photoshop keeps these defaults, in registry or an xml file?

Photoshop CS6 Windows 7 x64

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Have you tried dumping the preferences file? I know for CS3 on windows 7 there is C:\Users\*username*\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings\Adobe Photoshop CS3 Prefs.psp Maybe there is a similar file. Try moving it to another directory and then restart photoshop and see if that helps. – ckpepper02 May 15 '13 at 12:54
@ckpepper02 thank you. I found the equivalent file, but this didn't work for the default style settings. I'll try some other files. – SuperDuck May 15 '13 at 14:41
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Try holding [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Shift] right after opening PS. (RIGHT after you click the icon)

If that doesn't work, there's a full reference here:

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Thank you! This time I switched to another system, but I'll try that the next time. – SuperDuck Jun 25 '13 at 12:18

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