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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Yea it doesn't make sense that you should have to do that. Thanks though!
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There is a global option for that. You can find it in the Tools Tab in Preferences. Look at the left column at the bottom.
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Great... Thanks a lot.
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Oscar Salgado

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on a similar tangent, how do you make the reference point the corner by just clicking, not using the little anchor point box on the upper menu
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Luke Pirreca

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Thanks Cristen
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Tim Franz

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Yes, thank you Cristen.  
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Thanks Christen so much!
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Yes, thank you very much, Christen.

That. is. just. dumb.

Note to Adobe: making your long-time users feel stupid is not a great ploy to keep them users.
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thanks Cristen 
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thank you! this has been driving me nuts!
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thank you cristen.  The tiniest little things, when you don't know them, can cause so much frustration and be time consuming.  Unbelievable, one press of a button.  thank you so much!!!!!
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Thank you Cristen! This was really uncalled for Adobe.
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GRScott

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Thank you. Whew.....thought I was really missing something.
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I swear to god I can't find this " tiny little checkbox", and it's driving me crazy! I've been using Photoshop professionally since 1991, and I've never been so frustrated in my life! (Okay, maybe I've been frustrated by about some other thinngs, but stil....)

Stuart R.
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Stuart, for some reason, the UI Designer decided to make the checkbox slightly larger than other checkboxes, so it's a little more difficult to spot for those of us used to a specific size. 
With cmd-t active, look up in the top-left corner of the app.
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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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"accidental repositioning"? It's a small little point. I rarely moved it by accident. Thanks for showing how to change the setting.
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You're welcome. I always use the reference point. It's an important part of my designing. I can't understand why the reference point is hidden by default. If anything, I wish Adobe would change it the other way around.

We long time users of PS don't seem to count to Adobe. They've trained and conditioned us for years and now it seems like that Adobe doesn't care about that anymore. Is it the new generation only looking after the new users, especially the ones that are mostly working in mobile apps. I notice that Photoshop will be bringing the full version to iPad in the near future. Is this what all the new changes are about and for?

Please correct me if I'm wrong. I've said it before, it's not cool to be old school. 
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Another nonsense. Unification. Probably soon there won't be 1 race, we all are going to be green ;)

While if you are left handed there will not be space for you in this world. Someone knows better? :/
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My guess is that professional users used to be Adobe's bread and butter, and now we're a tiny fraction of their revenue stream. Same reason Apple doesn't make professional workstations anymore. From a business perspective, only new users matter because old users won't switch anyway. 
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That's new trend what happens. Maybe someone predicted that new young users who fastly get used to non workstations are perspectively more profitable - while their lives surely are going to last longer than our older ones. If Adobe won't think this way they will die with us in near future. We see it present day - they do not say it aloud but all their actions prove they are not going to follow our opinions. Probably that is not worth for them to pump money into stuff that will be shortly limited only for veterans.

btw 'will be 1 race only'*
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thank you so much Rosa! I thought I was having a "senior moment" today! It's not me, it's Adobe! Grrrr :-(
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Hi Neena  :) Thank you!
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Yes, Joel, that's exactly it. Even though professional users are what made Adobe who they are today, we're being largely sidelined in favor of people who rarely use Ps.
So, even though professionals only make up a small % of the market, we do represent a MUCH larger % in pure hours of use. This is what marketing doesn't seem to understand. Amateurs use Ps maybe 10-20 hours/month, while thousands and thousands and thousands of professionals use it 40-60 hours/week! Unfortunately this is about $ and little else.
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And our hero Steve Jobs and Apple led the way! Consumer products anyone? Well, my goodness, they DO sell well. LOL
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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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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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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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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.