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Fri, Oct 26, 2018 9:49 AM

Photoshop CC 2019: Free Transform/Distort tool inconsistency

Hello,

using the tool Free Transform (Ctrl+T) in the new version of Photoshop CC 2019 (release 20.0.0) on a Windows 10 64 bit PC, I'm not able anymore to move the handle of a selected area (using the Ctrl button) in a free mode, now I can move it along the vertical or horizontal ax only.



Which setting I have to change in order to have the same behavior of the tool as in Photoshop CC 2018 (release 19)?



Many thanks!!!

Luciano

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15.3K Points

2 years ago

This is the side effect of "shift" key behavior change. Now you have to hold "shift" key. I consider this as undesired side effect or was it intended behavior? 

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Many thanks for your help Jaroslav!!!

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492 Points

2 years ago

the free transform tool no longer allows you to transform freely! it constrains proportions by default, forcing you to depress the shift key. Adobe has once again made their product more cumbersome to use!

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Many thanks for your help John!!!

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118 Points

I got so sick of things being so different, such as free transform, I have been using 2018 

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122 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled transform works worse than before..

Since the new 2019 upgrade "distort" in the transform doesn't work well. I cannot anymore pull the sides out with the middle square of each line. I mean I used to be able to pull the image into a different aspect ratio with the square buttons in the middle of each side. now that doesn't work anymore and I can't seem to find a useful alternative..

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As Jaroslav Bereza and John Eudicone suggested to me, now you have to press crtl+shift buttons (on windows) in order to transform a selection freely.

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it doesn't works

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I have abandoned the latest update!.

There is something seriously wrong with Distort in the latest version and I do not have the time to find a workaround. What a shame and it was working so well!
Looking at all the reported problems, makes you wonder if Adobe bothered to check anything on this latest update.

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As Jaroslav Bereza and John Eudicone suggested to me, now you have to press crtl+shift buttons (on windows) in order to transform a selection freely.

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118 Points

Why make it worse.  I would like to go back to PScc2018 

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152 Points

2 years ago

I wish when installing a new release they would leave the last release in the programs folder so you have the option to go back to the version that worked properly. Another issue I found is when I did a resize and canvas extend it moved  elements out of place. I lost hours of work and had to make apologies to clients on tight deadlines. Not cool.

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If you have the Creative Cloud you can install previous releases of Photoshop:

-select the program, "Manage", "Others versions" then choose the version you like


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Thank you!!!!!!!

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2 years ago

Dear Adobe... I figured out how to fix your transform tool problem... I UNINSTALLED Photoshop CC 2019!  I'm now using PS 2018 and all works fine!  Please pass this on to the idiots who made this change.

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You may have to go back a few pages... there is an easy fix for this, and it works fine after that.

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Hi Mark... thanks for your suggestion.  It's just that I pay over $50 per month and really shouldn't have to fix the the new releases.  It's like these "improvements" are made by kids who don't sit at a desk 5 days a week having to use the program to get work out.  Anyway, thanks again!

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Basically there's nothing so fantastic about CC 2019 that wasn't part of CC 2018 you had to miss it. So be happy - there is over a year till next release ;) Maybe then they'll workout something better ;)

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That's true! Changes made to new Photoshop are not meant for experienced users, but for fun use!

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I've also gone back to PS2018. I don't think this behaviour from Adobe should be accepted. It's just very poor decisdion making

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2 years ago

That was my solution as well!

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2 years ago

Reversing what holding SHIFT does while transforming is a laughably terrible idea, but nobody is surprised that the Photoshop team green-lighted this change if they're aware of Photoshop's changelog over the past decade.

in addition:
The "reference point" is also hidden by default now. Even if you alt click, while transforming, to set a different point of rotation, you CANNOT see it even though you've moved it LOL. You don't know for sure if you've moved it or not until you continue to scale/rotate.
You have to click a new checkbox in prefs in order to make it visible again.

Laughing and crying in tandem.

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DEAR Adobe, please READ our comments!

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They do. Because some similar topics were merged into this one. Only Adobe can do that.

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That's right, but that was irony. By reading I meant hearing us. I used read as it's dear palindrome.

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Oh, hold the phone!

There's a transform reference point toggle button in the top toolbar, available while transforming:




I tested it. It is in fact linked to the toggle in prefs:

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2 years ago

My suggested behavior is the same as before.
1) Keep proportions would be on by default
2) Click on chain icon in the toolbar will change it and it will turn it on/off and this will be used as a default for all other transformations.
3) It shouldn't affect free transform

So new users will have user-friendly behavior and the addicted users could this turn off in 5 seconds and keep it that way forever.

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It should be done this way while releasing last Photoshop. I would accept it, but old behaviour with option for new would be even better to respect those who used Ps longer than new ones.

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They will wait until we all get use to the change and then change it again. I know it can be changed but does changing command f to repeat a filter to a search window bug anyone else? Why do you need another search choice there.

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Command f? Where exaclty to use it?

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"addicted users" 

oh boi . . .


Speaking of the "Maintain aspect ratio" button, it would help alleviate this issue if it didn't LIE to us now.

Whether or not I've toggled it, and I'm dragging any of the 8 transform control points, PS just does whatever the $&$^%$ it wants.
It no longer honors that button for mouse input.
It DOES honor the "Maintain aspect ratio" button if entering values in the textboxes, however.

Considering this, it starts to feel more like a bug.



There IS a global toggle for making the transform reference point visible, during transform, in the toolbar (linked to the one in preferences), so sure - Why not one more for this?

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Actually you can make magic file with magic text and it will be same as in CC2018 https://forums.adobe.com/message/10687200#10687200

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Moving corners of smart object seems to be snapping when using transform distort,....

For years I have been able to draw a rectangle, convert it to a smart object, then use Transform Distort and drag the corners smoothly to the precise place I need them. After updating to the 2019 Photoshop, I go through the same process of creating a smart object from a rectangle, but when I try to use Transform Distort and move the corners, they jump around like they are snapping to something and I can never get them even close to the place I need them—even though snapping is turned off.

However, the Transform Distort works smoothly as expected to the rectangle BEFORE I convert it to a smart object. But AFTER it is a smart object, it doesn't work correctly.

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Solution: Holding shift down works with distorting smart objects as it did in the 2018 version. Thank you for the tip!

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2 years ago

I have the same bug (along with many others). I finally had to return to cc2018. The update is just not worth the headache and added time it takes to get a project completed

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992 Points

2 years ago

The Place command seems to have similar issues. I'm still trying to get used to it. 

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 2019: Transform inconsistencies are confusing.

The new uniform scale by default is nice, but its very hard to get used to when the program is full of inconsistency. Like transform bitmap is uniform, transform shape you need to hold ctrl+shift for it to scale the same way. Same goes for text, which is uniform, but smart objects are not....why?!? So currently it only makes things a lot more confusing than it being a change for the better.

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The smart objects one is a bug caused by a corrupted prefs files. Everything but vectors are supposed to constrain, but either during the install or Ps being put in the background while transform is active, causes the corruption. You can fix temporarily by doing a pref reset, but it'll eventually happen again

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60 Points

2 years ago

Maybe this would be a solution?
  1. Cmd/Ctrl + T
  2. Drag from any side to scale proportionally (that’s it)
  3. No modifier keys required. Just re-size.
  4. To Commit Changes: press checkmark, press return, or click anywhere outside of bounding box
  5. The Big Change in Free Transform is that you no longer need to use the Shift Key. You just drag. Using the Shift key will distort the image now.
From: https://medium.com/@mikemurphyco/259-free-transform-photoshop-cc-2019-a309445af581

Hope it helped?

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2 years ago

I too think is a terrible idea to have to hold shift to 'free transform' what's the point? is it a free transform tool or not?
15 years of PS use and having to change habits is confusing, lost productivity time would say

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I guess they had to do survey to predict how many of us will be loyal to their product after making some unfriendly changes. I suppose they won't lose many users while can by happy of deal they could do with Apple who might have give them enough money to develop Photoshop this way.

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Problem is we have no options, honestly who would ever change using PS for his work?  
it's just that Adobe before implementing changes to tools should take into account that takes years to know PS well and make full use of shortcuts and features.

So yes new features are welcome, improved performances of tools yes welcome too,  but changes of behaviour of tools not as much...

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New users won't see any difference. They mainly focus on learning Photoshop that takes 1 - 2 years before realise something could be better. But when they're finaly familiar with Photoshop they will find to be upset like we are if Adobe will keep making another changes instead of imprevements! :(

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No new user can get comfy with this change as long as its different on all types of layers. That is the annoying change that makes this new "feature" (or whatever Adobe likes to call flipping keyboard shortcuts around) so frustrating.

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True.

But still don't see the point of having to hold shift when using a 'free' resize tool, not so free really!! 
Plus if you do more than one step and forget to hold shift again it mess up with the positioning you did, really annoying

bugs me off as much as the new "undo" thingy as I use them both a lot!