ATTENTION ADOBE. You have broken the system!

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In Photoshop CC no longer uses SHIFT to constrain (a long held convention across all programs) but now uses SHIFT as unconstrained. 

This is confusing and totally slows down my workflow.
OK so constrain is now default but this should be a preference you can switch on and off.

I need unconstrained as standard for my work.
PLEASE by all means add features but don't change basic conventions!
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Olaf Giermann

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I agree and disagree with all of you. ;-)
The problem is, how the change to proportional scale was made! Not the IMHO very good change itself. I really love to have a proportional scaling by default. Dealing with photos, predefined shapes and text I actually almost NEVER need an unconstrained scale, which would distort the photo, the shape, the text ... therefore I love, that I do not have to hold down the Shift-key for the basic scaling all the time and only need to use modifier-keys for perspective transformations and such things. So far, so good.
BUT (yes, it is a big & fat but! ;-) ) the problems with this change in Photoshop CC 2019 are:
  1. The change is permanent. Without the currently shared hack, there is no way back to the established method that uses Shift to constrain (and using the hack steals the display improvements of the on-canvas-controls in CC 2019). There is no legacy-option in the options-bar or in the preferences. And the chain-link-symbol in the options-bar has been made totally superfluous, because the function it now has, is totally counter-intuitive to anyones expectations. Just ask yourself or a bunch of users, what they'd expect of this button. And then try to find out, what it does in Photoshop CC 2019. For me it is impossible to understand, how this UI-fail could have made it into the release as it is now. No-go!
  2. The change is inconsistent within Photoshop: We, the users, have to be constantly aware now which layer type is active. Because the new constrain is only active for pixel- or text-layers. Not for shape-layers. Not for placed layers, with an active path in the background. No-go! Consistency is a must! (Now and then the behavior is even different on some placed Smartobjects; but I did not see a repeatable pattern so far, that I could bug-report it).
  3. The change is inconsistent with all other Adobe-Apps currently. No other Adobe-App currently has a proportional scale without holding down Shift. This alone is a strong reason to provide the option mentioned in #1 until all applications behave the same way.
  4. (BUT!!!!!!!!!) The worst thing about the transform-overhaul is that damn auto-commit though! This totally breaks my workflow all the time. I scale and rotate placed elements. Now, if I click just some tiny pixels to far away from the undefined (and by rotation changing!) safe region, the transformation is committed. That means, repeat and rinse all the time! Cmd-Z, Transform again, be very careful about where to click to rotate or move points ... In the last 15 years of my Photoshop-history this is the one and biggest and most hated change of all times. I never cursed so much before, really. It completely breaks my creative flow within Photoshop constantly, although I really tried to accommodate to this total dealbreaker-"feature". Mainly because of this issue I am completely back to using CC 2018 for work. 
To sum it up: All this makes Photoshop CC 2019 quite unusable to every professional user. All Adobe had to do, is to make the chain-link-option in the transform-options bar remember its last state (best solution: Make it so in all Adobe-applications!). Everyone would be happy. And there would be no tears, no frustration and no hate. Why? 

  1. All layer-types are transformed proportionally (constrained) by default. This is indicated by the activated chain-link-symbol in the options-bar.
  2. If a user prefers unconstrained transforms, he just clicks the chain-link-symbol once to disable the proportional link forever until he decides otherwise and clicks the symbol again. Done. Everyone is dancing in the streets.
What is so hard about to understand or implement this behavior? Really, this is THE solution to make everyone happy: the beginner, who does have no clue about using modifier keys and even all  professional users, who either like to switch the behavior of Free transform once to their preference and then use modifier keys to get the wanted results as fast as possible. 
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Yes. Make it so the user can configure it to their needs. I too have dropped back to CC 2018.
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Joel Weisbrod

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Good comment and it seems everyone could agree with this!
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Shangara Singh

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No need to revert to CC 2018 if the proportional constrain default is the only change that's not to your liking. Here is a hack: https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/photoshop/using/free-transformations-images-shapes-paths.html
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The mentioned hack does not solve the infuriating auto-commit by clicking in the canvas.
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The problem isn't the change to tool behavior. The problem is Adobe's ham-handed approach to application design and changes.

The product managers apparently don't actually USE their products in production. Almost everything- new document interface, artboards, Export vs Save for Web, Select and Mask, the newest Content-Aware Fill, newest Healing Brush, brush smoothing, flat design, help popups... ALL of it has been buggy and/or slowed the user down.

I'm all for new features. But implement them in a way that doesn't make things harder, communicate changes (SETUP ASSISTANT for new versions!) and have the goal that any change much improve performance and usability or you scrap that change.

We won't even talk about the mutiny over Lightroom import changes. Upper management needs to pay attention to red flags like that and obviously isn't.
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I was worried this might eventually happen. 

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