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332 Points

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 7:56 PM

Implemented

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Photoshop: Free Transform - ability to set Maintain Aspect Ratio as default

In Photoshop, it would be nice when "free transforming" a layer that the "maintain aspect ratio" lock button would maintain the previous setting, or some other way to set the default mode. I'm frustrated that I have to click it each time I'm resizing a bunch of items individually. Thanks.

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3 Messages

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84 Points

a year ago

The solution to the problem could be quite straight forward, I think:

First use the behaviour like it was until PS CC 2018.
 

Then just leave the chain-button sticky. Means, if clicked once it will also be active if one is using the transform tool (command or ctrl + T) later again.

So people who prefer the old way of pressing (shift-key) to scale objects proportional in both dimensions will have this button 'unclicked'.

All others who prefer always having scaled objects without distortions always have this chain-button 'clicked' and so don’t need to press any qualifier key (unless they want to distort deliberately).

And the icing of the cake would be a preferences setting to tell if you want to reset the 'chain-button' every time you make a transformation, or have it sticky all the time (leaving the 'chain-button' in its last user selected state.

This should make all people happy (hope I haven’t overlooked anything).

Summary:

– Make the 'chain-button' sticky (keep user selected state) (if never clicked state would be turned off like it was in Photoshop all the years, so to scale proportionally 'shift-key' must be pressed.

– Make a Preferences Setting for having the 'chain-button' always sticky or reset after every use (behaviour as it was before and is right now).

2 Messages

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90 Points

This is all we ever asked for!

I have no idea why Adobe felt the need to completely overcomplicate the whole thing.

What's been done instead was clearly not thought through properly or user-tested effectively. Little wonder people have moved on to using other tools.

Rob

60 Messages

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2.2K Points

Yep, that’s what was suggested months ago by many people. This is so stupid it’s embarrassing.

3 Messages

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84 Points

Slightly better idea, I think:

Have the 'chain'-button fully decoupled from the mouse-driven interactive transformation and just add a Preferences Setting:


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[X] Transform Selections/Objects/Forms/Paths proportionally
by holding 'Shift' as qualifier key (constrain proportions)

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If the checkbox is 'unchecked' all things scale proportionally without holding the 'Shift'-key.

The key is consistency here!


That would make it so, that when you start the transform-action by mouse (visually) then you won’t even have to look at the top menubar if the 'chain'-button is clicked or unclicked – just use your muscle memory as you ever have.

And whenever you use numerical transformation the 'chain'-button stays in its last selected state, independent of the mouse-driven transformation preferences setting.

The 'chain'-button state then would have no influence on the mouse-driven transform operation and vice versa.

7 Messages

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362 Points

a year ago

The problem is that this item was marked as implemented when it never was. Hannah Nicollet (Quality Engineer) and Adobe failed to understand the problem, left it a mess and moved on.

77 Messages

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1.3K Points

a year ago

Maybe somebody opens a new thread? If this is marked as "implemented", nobody will care.

I have the problem especially with smart objects and can't understand why it wasn't possible to just only make a button "sticky". (and shift toggles that temporary). Important would be the consistency. The simplest solutions need no learning and are often the best.

Champion

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24.9K Points

nobody will care. 
At least the Adobe employee/s who have posted here like Hannah Nicollet should be kept abreast of the newly posted messages. 
And I am fairly sure that, even if they should not be able to post an official response, they understand that there are dissatisfied customers yet. 
But whether they will be able to do anything about it does not depend on whether they see the merit in the requests/complaints alone ... 

Adobe Administrator

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15.5K Messages

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291.9K Points

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

3 Messages

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84 Points

You are right, discard my previous idea of decoupling the button from the interactive behaviour of the scaling/rotation tool (after closer examination :-).

Just make that 'chain'-button sticky is all that’s needed for tackling this problem.

And to momentarily override that state just press Shift (to alternate the currently active state).

Maybe it could implemented that the 'chain'-button is somehow highlighted when holding down the shift key, so it’s clearly visible what holding that key does in the currently selected transformation-tool.

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The second annoyance which should be tackled is the 'auto-commit' of the tool when once clicks outside a hidden circle of the scaled/rotated object.

Before that you had to press 'Return' to finalize the operation.

As the 'auto-commit' can surely speed-up the workflow it still needs some kind of visible drawn circle or circular area, to tell the user at which point the tool changes it’s operation from chaning scaling/rotation to commiting the operation.

Or at least make it clearly visible by changing the cursor/pointer icon graphic.

60 Messages

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2.2K Points

This change is so fundamental that if it needs changing, it needs changing everywhere. That means company-wide buy-in. 

Until that internal debate is complete, changing it in a fraction of the places it needs changing is half-baked, unprofessional and unacceptable.

Why Adobe doesn't understand this and rectify the situation is beyond many of us who are design professionals - consistency is literally design 101.