Photoshop CC 2019: Transform inconsistencies are confusing

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Photoshop CC 2019: Free Transform/Distort tool inconsistency

The new uniform scale by default is nice, but its very hard to get used to when the program is full of inconsistency. Like transform bitmap is uniform, transform shape you need to hold ctrl+shift for it to scale the same way. Same goes for text, which is uniform, but smart objects are not....why?!? So currently it only makes things a lot more confusing than it being a change for the better.
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I think the idea behind it is based on logic: what makes the most sense. When you transform text, or a bitmap object, it makes sense that you want to keep the aspect ratio. So that is now the default. When you transform a shape, it is different. When you apply a shape you have no fixed aspect ratio, so it makes sense that when you transform an existing shape that behavior is the same.

So yes, it is logical if you think about it. But whether it is convenient is another matter. I agree that it would be much easier to remember if the behavior was always the same.
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This change is a major problem for those who also use InDesign and Illustrator (both of which retain the traditional Adobe "Shift to Constrain".

All professional editing tools have used Shift Constrain for the past 25 years so I think that it is a bit late for Adobe to try to enforce a change across the industry?!

Anyway, I have installed the Script which solves the annoyance  caused by this unnecessary change to Ps.
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May you share that script?
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There is absolutely no logic behind this. You can read this in other boards here with kind of the same topic. Shift was, is and will always be the "constrain button". You use it to make a square selection box with the M tool. When you want to do a straight brush stroke or drag a straight line, you use Shift for that. There are so much more examples. So why should it be different with this one and only thing? It's a stupid and workflow breaking decision. I wasn't able to get used to it so I changed it back. Most of us use this software for over a decade now. But it's very clear now Adobe doesn't want to hear any of their opinions.
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Even if they hear you they won't listen for sure, so you are right about last sentence...
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Nolan Conley

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Deal Adobe... don't you have a kid's version called Photoshop Elements... please have your kids play with that one and leave the Professional Version to PROFESSIONALS!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled (photoshop 2019 release) Transform shift isn't consistent and buggy.

I know that the new version of photoshop now doesn't require holding shift to contrain proportions when transforming, but it's inconsistent.  Smart Objects sometimes need shift and sometimes don't.  Same with shapes.  I've also found that when holding alt and shift to transform from center the artwork flashes as I resize; very buggy.
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Terrible, give us a preference checkbox to disable SHIFT (on by default please) for uniform scaling. And CERTAINLY don't give us a stupid workaround with editing config files. I mean, come on, Adobe!