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Thu, Sep 19, 2013 4:20 PM

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Photoshop: Doesn't constrain proportions when resizing from side handle while holding Shift key

When using Free Transform, holding down Shift while dragging a corner rightly constrains the proportions of the shape while resizing. However, holding down Shift while dragging a side handle does nothing. It should continue to constrain the proportions as it does in Illustrator.

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Adobe Administrator

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a year ago

With the 20.0.5 update, there is now a user facing preference under Preferences > General... and check "Use Legacy Free Transform"


Use this preference instead of the PSUserConfig.txt method.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Perfect, thanks heaps.

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195.8K Points

7 years ago

Which version of Photoshop are you using?

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7 years ago

Doesn't matter. This applies to every version, up to the very latest. This should have been fixed a decade ago.

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920 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Uniform object scale.

Hi,
uniform scaling when dragging middle handle + shift would be really awesome.

Adobe Administrator

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2 years ago

Hi Kris and Roman,

As of today's update, Photoshop 20.0, proportional transform is now the default behavior of transform in Photoshop (except with regard to vector graphics). Please open the Creative Cloud app, download the update and let us know how it goes for. If you do not see the update immediately, please sign in and sign out of the Creative Cloud.

Thank you,
Hannah

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100 Points

Why was a feature that has become as common as copy or paste been changed so that hokdingbthe shift key does the exact opposite of constraining an image, this recent upgrade shift allows for distorting not constraining, constraining is setvas a default now. A smart move, 20+ years ago. A dumb move now.

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Agreed. Now people have to remember which Adobe program does it one way, and which Adobe program does it the opposite way. Exactly like I have to remember that in Photoshop, a positive number rotates an object clockwise, but in Illustrator and InDesign, a positive number rotates counterclockwise. It took 24 years to address the issue, and they did it wrong. MAKE IT WORK LIKE ILLUSTRATOR.

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822 Points

So how do we disable this? It borders on foolishness to approach this in the way Adobe has. NO ONE would intuitively do this. It's too late for people to re-learn one of the MOST BASIC FEATURES of Photoshop. Insanity.

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310 Points

Was this actually a 'feature' people were requesting? One of the most oft used shortcuts in Photoshop now has to be 'forgotten'...and not only does that combo not work, but Alt + Shift to scale from center has also been lost because of it. How are we supposed to scale proportionately from center without messing with anchor points now? 1 step forward, 2 steps back...

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I have a feeling maybe two people requested this.

Adobe seems to want to make all the shortcuts and functions/commands work the same across the creative cloud universe, but mostly so far it's been photoshop getting the butt of changes in that regard.. It's like adobe is saying we don't care about the way photoshop has worked since 1990, it must work like InDesign or Illustrator or some other creative clound app. No body ever complained on the adobe forums for more than 20 yrs and all of a sudden it's one of the most requested features, really?

All that being said the feature doesn't even work as advertised anyway, so i reverted all our machines back as soon as the workaround posted by ryze was available.

Here's a clue to the bug. When in Transform Mode click on the Maintain aspect ratio button in the tool options bar and be led down the path of transform run amuck..


Now if adobe would only allow us the same pleasure with that god awful Auto-commit.


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2 years ago

For anybody who wants to revert back to the old faithful way of doing things, this is the method to do so from John McAssey in the https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/constrained-resize-ps-cc-20 thread:

To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:

  1. Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).
  2. Type the text below in the text file:

    TransformProportionalScale 0

  3. Save the file as "PSUserConfig.txt" to your Photoshop settings folder:
    • Windows: [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\
    • macOS: //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/

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160 Points

This is the official response from Adobe: new feature, use Shift to *un* constrain.  Constrain to fixed aspect is now on by default.  

In other words, you don't need to press Shift to constrain proportions, just drag any corner to the size you want.


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    Thanks, Captain Obvious!

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    THANKS, ALEJANDRO! 
    I just signed up to thank you in person! I was mad already!

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    Thanks! It took an hour to find the correct answer!

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    OH MY!!!!!! I WANT TO HUG YOU!!!!!

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    2 years ago

    For the love of god, don't fix things that ain't broken. Truly mind-numbing nonsense sorry.

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    212 Points

    This feature was a total, utter waste of time.

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    182 Points

    They should've released 20.0 on April 1st.

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    240 Points

    2 years ago

    I just spent 20 minutes trying to resize and object in PS 20.0. I could not proportionally scale a placed image. Spent another 10 minutes searching google, trying to figure how to not to bring up old versions of photoshop for the answer. I land here, and the answer is "don't hold shift".

    "Don't hold shift" anymore?

    WUT?

    I have to unlearn how many decades of muscle memory?

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    250 Points

    Yeah, I couldn't find it either. I searched and searched the official Photoshop forum, and nothing came up (except for Illustrator!). I never heard of this "Photoshop Family" place before just now. 

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    60 Points

    Holy sh*t. I never would have thought to not hold shift. *facepalm*

    If you're gonna do away with a feature as old as most of your users then you need to have a hint pop up in the user interface! wft!

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    302 Points

    2 years ago

    PLEASE make a revert to legacy in preferences on this topic. You have inconsistencies amongst your products now. Illustrator and AE (and others) are using the old method and Photoshop is now using this new method. 20+ year photoshop user here... I can adapt but it's super nice to have the option to revert to my old ways if possible. Plus, I teach high schoolers the Adobe package and consistency is key. Thank you. 

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    I wonder will they take us seriously and made such option in preferences with next update or leave with way of .txt file to do the same. I only hope they levae us choise which method we want to use.

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    260 Points

    2 years ago

    This is the stupidest update ever. Don't hold shift anymore, Adobe are you serious? I also teach this - don't hold shift in all programs but Photoshop. Lets all have to unlearn something we don't even think about doing since the creation of Photoshop. Just dumb.

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    280 Points

    2 years ago

    I am so, so annoyed by this update. I spent 5 minutes trying to understand if I had pressed some sort of button that was canceling out Shift or if my Mac was being glitchy. Then, I remembered I updated Photoshop, so I came here to find out this is a thing that the developers did on purpose. What kind of monsters remove the Shift function without sending out a mass warning to let users know they are fundamentally changing how one of the most used scale methods work? 

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    Me too! Looking for a toggle or something I had accidentally hit. I was hoping there was an easier fix than hacking the program.

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    408 Points

    2 years ago

    @Hannah Nicollet i'd like to know Adobe's reasons for reversing shortcut keys and command behaviors overnight. Who thought this was a good idea? We now need to coach all of our users on the new behaviors, and build custom preference files for others. On each machine we use. Unnecessary and obstructive. 

    Adobe Administrator

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    Hi Michael,

    Sorry I missed your question earlier. The reasoning behind the change was that today when people grab a window corner to resize it they expect it to resize proportionally.

    Thanks,
    Hannah

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    I'm yet to meet anyone in a professional setting who thinks this with regard to tools - including interns.

    But if it's true, and it's the reason for changing scale tools, do it properly! Changing one tool out of 100s across CC - really? 

    The inconsistency and defence is so embarrassing. It's such low-quality thinking and execution. #face-palm

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    408 Points

    This is a dubious explanation, for when re-sizing any application window in Mac OS or Windows, the proportions are not locked. On Mac, you must hold shift to size proportionally - as was the past photoshop transformation behavior, and the default in all other Adobe apps. What operating system is Adobe using? Does Metal work properly on that one? 

    This is increasingly looking like a bug, being advertised as a feature.

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    258 Points

    I was thinking that as well, none of this makes any sense.

    What’s strange are the responses from Adobe, it’s totally fine to say we messed up, or we should’ve made all tools consistent, or this is part of a wider plan but it was released earlier etc - something that sounds like the truth at least.

    Some people aren’t aware of the change and I’ve found past work from others that’s slightly distorted - when you’ve been doing this for years, you actually drag out quite accurately so I wonder how many other people are clueless about this?

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    174 Points

    Hannah, these people are not professionals who have been using the Adobe Suites. These people are word users. Now your platforms are inconsistent. 

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    2 years ago

    IMO it should behave exactly as in Illustrator

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    Agreed, this has always driven me nuts but now it’s a whole new level of stupid.

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    212 Points

    I've thought the same thing about many of the features between these two products. It's silly updates like this that will push users to new products like figma and Sketch.

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    286 Points

    Exactly... Adobe really needs to consult with the professionals who use the software every day before they do ridiculous things
     like this.

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    2 years ago

    This is ridiculous. What are you doing Adobe? So now in some programs I hold shift, like I've done for 10 years, but in Photoshop it's no longer the default behavior? How does inconsistency between keyboard commands from one application to another equal an improvement. Shift to constrain should be the default. Was someone actually complaining about this? So now I have to train my hand and mind to hold shift in other applications but not Photoshop? Please give us an option to revert to legacy.

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    132 Points

    2 years ago

    I've wondered for years why it DIDN'T work this way. Almost every time I go to scale an object, I want it proportional ... why did I have to hold down the shift key for what most of my colleagues agree should be the default behavior. I do, however, believe in consistency ... so please change Illustrator as well. And thank you ... I can now scale objects without having to set down my cup of coffee :)

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    234 Points

    Yes but how do I increase the height of a shape later on? I've tried unlocking the proportions but it doesn't unlock. Argghhh!

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    Rebecca so you're saying that when you hold shift and transform it doesn't free transform?

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    Rebecca is saying, that the chain-link symbol in the options bar does not work as expected any more.

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    234 Points

    Ohhhh I finally see. OMG. This change just took me days to figure out. I've been using PS for 20yrs and when you are plugging away at your work it's hard to find the time to stop and relearn new features. Got it now. 

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    232 Points

    Pro users shouldn't have to waste even 5 min trying to understand a completely unnecessary modification of something that was never broken. Glad that you figured it out though.