- Can you please post a screen shot of your LR and PS window, i am not quite sure what you mean by "importing them as small images".
Your Retina screen has 5120 pixels horizontally. That's a huge number, and in order to fit the screen, they have to be tiny.
Most applications (like web browsers) will scale images to 200%, otherwise they would appear very small.
Lightroom and Photoshop, on the other hand, will display the true size - one screen pixel for one image pixel at 100% view.
And it has to be this way - if they were to scale images like other apps, you would get a misleading (and blurry) view of the image.
The only thing you can do is to work at a higher magnification, bearing in mind that you're not seeing a true representation if the image.
Some suggest lowering the screen resolution, which is not a good workaround - modern displays are designed to be used at their native resolution, and will not work well at lower resolutions.
There are several discussions in the Photoshop forum about this - like this one: 100% zoom is too small on screen (designers don't get high resolution displays)
Ugh. Ok, makes perfect sense now. Thanks!
What is the resolution of the pictures you are importing? I suspect if they are small to start with you would have a problem with your display, as explained above.
I have been using the 27 in. 5K iMac for about 6 weeks now, importing photos from a Canon 5D Mark II (24 megapixels) and the Canon 5DRS (50 megapixels) and the display is a jaw-dropping improvement, and I could not be happier.
I do love the Mac. LOVE it!! I guess when I was using Windows and LR I was use to the full screen, but I can adapt. It's a great quality, and improvement. Thanks!
Try 1:1 in Navigator.
The screenshot seems to indicate that the image is a little less than 1300 pixels wide, about a quarter of the screen width, so this is perfectly normal.
Although you have chosen "Fit", the image is too small to fit without enlarging, so LR displays it at 1:1. (100%)
I guess when I was using Windows and LR I was use to the full screen, but I can adapt.
I'm not familiar with Macs, but pressing Shift+F once or twice should get you the two fullscreen modes available in LR.
Thanks everyone for the feedback. With your help I've resolved. thanks!