Photoshop 2019: "Anchor Point Reference" is hidden by default when transforming an object

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I swear that before the 2019 update photoshop would let me move the anchor point when resizing something, but now that "box" is grayed out. Also there isn't an anchor point showing up when I go to resize something. Specifically, I'm talking about that small "dot" that would show up in the middle of the object you were transforming that you could move to the top corner or anywhere in general.
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Hit Cmd/Ctrl-T. Now look up at the far left of the Options bar, next to the "box." You should see a tiny little checkbox that may be nearly invisible in your interface (it is in mine). Click that to enable it and now you'll get all you're asking for. It used to be on by default. Now it appears it's OFF by default. Dunno why.
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@Stuart Robertson:
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After ticking in this box indicated by Sam Houchins II I find it not possible to fix the position of the anchor point to where I want to put, with it adjusted to the 9 points of the square by its right. I am still looking for a way to place the anchor at anywhere I want to put.

Edit: I found it possible by holding Alt (not sure of the key on Mac) and drag and drop the bounding box. Hope anyone finds it helpful (Version: 21.0.3 20200115)
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Cristen Gillespie

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When Transform is invoked, the anchor point reference can be moved to any spot on the square with your cursor, either in the proxy on the Options bar, or by dragging the center anchor point to any point on the Transform box. You don't need any modifier that I'm aware of. Are you saying that's different on Windows?

It's there as long as you're actively transforming. But then it returns to the center the next time you invoke Transform.

Maybe I'm not quite understanding what you're doing that you need to use the modifier?
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No it's not different for Windows. Well not for me anyway :)
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Thanks. It's been too long since I used Windows to comment on it. Adobe does try to be platform-agnostic, but then we still get different shortcuts and different bugs, along with some different platform advantages.
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I don't like the new way either. . .

When in Transform, the reference point is hidden by default to prevent accidental repositioning. Quickly show/hide the reference point using the Options bar or use Edit > Preferences > Tools > Show reference point when using Transform.

https://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2018/10/adobe-announces-updates-to-photoshop-cc-2019-v20.html
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For sure, but remember Cristen, Jobs knew what was up and did his best to prevent all that from happening...

https://youtu.be/-AxZofbMGpM
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You're saying he wasn't in control of the decision to do next to nothing anybody wanted with the Mac Pro that I'm still waiting on? Because hardly anyone (anymore, after all these years) wants a serious desktop computer (from Apple, since so many have already switched to PC) and the money is in the consumer products? I'll have to take back every evil thought I've had about him.
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THAAANKKS! just needed that....:}
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We have been using Photoshop for years and then all of a sudden everything has changed. Aspect ratio, anchors, text i just don't understand the rationale behind these extreme changes. And the anchor point is HUGE it used to be 1 pixel and i would use it for precision when centering objects.
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My guess is demographics—they conduct surveys and find out there's a problem with enough of their customers they decide to solve the problem. Unfortunately, it often creates another problem. The large anchor point I believe is in response to lots of people complaining they couldn't see the tiny UI elements, such as those anchors or color samplers.  Rather than let us assign colors, which admittedly still get lost against some backgrounds, they upscaled the UI. And then they hid they because it confused some, got in the face of others. Surveys are only as good as the samples returned. I'm guessing, but it seems a reasonable guess as to why they are changing things up—I can't really guess as to how they arrived at their solution.

My current conspiracy theory about going to huge elements like that (seems like an overreaction) is they're future-proofing against the day of 10K monitors. <BG>
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I keep forgetting I read this. Probably because it doesn't make any sense to me except as a way of saying that yet again, experienced users must learn new things because it's harder for new or occasional users to figure out what's gone wrong. 

Which is probably true, but  when it starts to feel that all the burden of learning something new is on us older users, it feels good to whine about it. LOL
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Cristen  Think you're right. 

I don't mind learning new things in PS. .  in fact I love it when there is a new feature, it's exciting - for example the new content aware fill in cc 2019.

But. . . there's a but and a little whine that goes with it. . . . why does Adobe break things when they are working fine?

I still think that they are gearing for the newbies and mobile users and adjusting flicks and ticks which makes it easier for them. 

Just saying as I see it.
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Let's go forward to let Adobe disallow us of Shortcuts customization and use those set by default.
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Cristen Gillespie

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LOL.  This time I get you're being sarcastic—does sometimes feel this is the way forward, though, doesn't it?
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Kukurykus

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Complaints don't work anymore. Nothing else left like trying to say the same by other words.
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Finding the box to turn it back on wasn't a problem so much as that now the options are "off" and "huge".
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Transform center Reference Point missing.

I just updated Photoshop CC 2019. But unable to find "Pivot point" when I apply transform control.
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There's a checkbox in the Tools tab of Preferences,

but the easiest way is to check the box in the toolbar
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Thank YOU
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How can you lock that to always be upper left, after you have chosen it, instead of center?
I want smart objects to drop in at the 0x 0y mark in the file, each time I drag one in.
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I don't see any way to do that. It isn't sticky and if it's visible, it's always going to be in the center.

That might be something to create as an Idea (feature request), saying why you need to drag and drop to the 0x0y anchor, and let people vote on it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2020 - transform tool's central handle has gone.

Is there a good reason for this? It was a really handy visual aid when aligning things by eye (the mathematical align too's not always suitable for asymmetrical content).

Even better would be options for things like a rule of thirds of golden ratio grid, as per the crop tool.
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 I finally found the box, however, how do you make multiple reference points?


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You don't. You get one pivot point and no presets. If you have a great need for multiple reference points for the anchor, consider writing up an "Idea" for it to see if you'll get some votes, but be sure to explain the reason why you need multiple reference points. I'm wracking my brain right now to recall an actual time I've ever thought I needed to transform something using two anchor points.  So I'm curious about the request.
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