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5.2K Points

Sun, Jun 12, 2011 8:38 AM

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Photoshop: Allow simple maths in number fields.

So if I want my canvas to be 43px smaller I can basically type 160-43. Or if I want it to be 2.5x bigger I can do 160x2.5.
Any number field can benefit from this. Very often I have to open the calculator to figure out numbers.

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Adobe Administrator

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746 Messages

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16.5K Points

2 years ago

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for contributing to this discussion. This idea has been implemented into Photoshop 20.0, which is available for download today. Please open the Creative Cloud app, download the update and let us know how it goes for you. If you do not see the update immediately, sign in and sign out of the Creative Cloud.

Thank you,
Hannah

4 Messages

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112 Points

Huzzah!! It works!! It even accepts expressions with parentheses. Thank you!!

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60 Points

I tried a simple transform of a layer and inputting 36%*1.2 doesnt work. I just get invalid numeric entry.

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238 Points

9 years ago

It works in most Adobe products, but very limited. It should support chained calculations such as 3*(15-4)/2.4.

Champion

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882 Messages

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19.2K Points

9 years ago

InDesign, After Effects and Illustrator have that functionnality. Cross-programs users expect the same behavior in Photoshop...

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

It's not just that we "expect the same behavior", but that we expect features that make sense and expand the usefulness of the program.

This feature would eliminate the need for a separate calculator program in many cases. That's a plus! Get it? PUN INTENDED

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254 Points

of course, this feature may be only in CC version... : /

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130 Points

I've been much more productive since I learned I could use math in number fields in Illustrator and After Effects. It's a huge time saver, and it's better for my poor tired editor hands, too!

Photoshop should have this. Please add it, making it work like it does in AE or AI. Thanks!




7 Messages

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292 Points

6 years later, one more new release with lots of things I won't use, and the one feature that would be most helpful to me in my day to day operations, one that exists in Every Single Other Adobe App, as well as its competitors, still hasn't been implemented.  2018 may be the year I switch to Affinity Photo for good.  

3 Messages

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80 Points

if you would like to have this feature include, write it to the photoshop's developers page.

56 Messages

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1.8K Points

9 years ago

Great suggestion! This would be a nice addition to Photoshop for sure! It would improve functionality of Image Size and Image Rotation as well.

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420 Points

9 years ago

I even would suggest a little popup calculator for all these number-input-fields. I saw this great little feat in autodesk combustion and inferno. Quite nice - but that should be as an addition to the "inline" calculation.

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102 Points

9 years ago

I can't tell you how much time i wasted on this. In package design when you want to put something on each side of a box you need to rotate the same layer with x°. You can't enter 76+90 to the drop shadow for example. Also in webdesign where you need to be pixel perfect you can't just enter x+73px when you free transform sg. and so on. I mean every app has simple math in input fields and you would think it's called a creative SUIT for a reason but...

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82 Points

9 years ago

Agreed with all of the above; I use Illustrator on a daily basis for sign and poster layouts and frequently make use of this feature in numeric fields. In Photoshop, often used for pixel-perfect web design mockups and UI design, the feature seems to be a no-brainer, and is often a source of frustration for me that it isn't present.

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82 Points

8 years ago

why am I unable to do equations in photoshop width and height boxes like I do in illustrator?
i.e. new document box i can enter 6*72 (as I prefer to work in points) in the width or height box in illustrator and get 432pt. But not in photoshop.........

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Why can't photoshop handle equations in width and height boxes.

78 Messages

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1.3K Points

8 years ago

Could you guys add Logarithmic Resizing? It would save me some work and error when calculating.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Logarithmic Resizing.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

8 years ago

Since I discovered the Illy team included the ability to do math in text fields I've always been disappointed by the fact that PS cannot.

This would be a big one, gents!

9 Messages

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162 Points

8 years ago

Hi! It would be neat if I could just type for example "+4,11" in the "Canvas size" window to add that number to the specific width or height. And that Ps did the math for me. Thanks! /Daniel

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Canvas size, a little smarter.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

Hmm, what?

Are you specifying canvas coordinates?

9 Messages

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162 Points

No. Just trying to add some numbers together.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

Ah, like a formula then?

Like this: (61+98)+(4+11) ?

I can't make sense of your use of commas otherwise.
I'm no math major though, haha.

9 Messages

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162 Points

61,98cm is a distance, just like 62cm, just a little shorter. If you are unfamiliar with the meter system, please look it up at a wiki.

30 Messages

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598 Points

check "Relative" and put 4,11 in the "width" field...I understand the need for division and multiplication, but for addition and subtraction, well, there is the checkbox for that...

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1K Points

8 years ago

I wonder why no one from Adobe responded to this topic?

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

Nobody on the Photoshop team knows how to do math.

65 Messages

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1K Points

that's why they should consider adding this feature .. :P

Champion

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1.6K Messages

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24.9K Points

»Nobody on the Photoshop team knows how to do math.«
Are you trying to be funny or are you short on politeness?
The distinction is sometimes difficult in written communication. Edit: At least for me, I guess.

201 Messages

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Haha, no I agree. Was sarcasm; just poking fun.
I have big respect for the PS team. How could I not. PS is by a landslide my favorite program of all time.

125 Messages

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2.2K Points

8 years ago

It would also be nice if actions would record the math modifier instead of the result. For example if I type +5 in the blue of a solid color layer, the action would record that I added five blue, not the result of the addition.

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195.8K Points

That's more of a problem - because you don't know whether the intent was an absolute or relative specification, and the action can be used without the original context. In general, it is much safer to record the absolute unless the field is specified as a percentage.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

But if there's a "+" or a "-" preceding the value, isn't that explicitly relative? As in, being a modifier of current value, and not a replacement for it?

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195.8K Points

no, because 5+2 != 15+2. Was the intent to get 7, or just to always add 2 -- the application can't know.

201 Messages

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3.6K Points

"5+2 !=" ??? Not following. Also not a math expert. More like a math retard.

I'd be happy if PS allowed simple math in text fields like Illustrator already does.

29 Messages

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612 Points

7 years ago

It would be very convenient if Adobe Photoshop could do simple calculations in it's input field. E.g type 768*2 in a field, and the software makes it 1536. Most other software does this, but PS lacks this user friendly way of inputting.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Please let the computer compute: Photoshop must be able to d calculations in input fields.

6 Messages

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152 Points

7 years ago

Basic math in the canvas size dimension fields would be a big help for me. I frequently have to extend images for designers by taking measurements from InDesign with the ruler tool and have to reach for the calculator. Can't do two decimal places in my head!