How about a checkbox in preferences that lets you use the legacy transform feature we've been so used to for the last 20 years? Great for new users and all that, but for people that have used the software for a long time, now we press Shift and it un-constrains proportions.
So there's a checkbox for using Legacy Undo under Keyboard shortcuts (also not a huge fan of those new changes either), why not do the same for Legacy Transform in preferences? The fact that you have to resort to notepad to sort this out is a bit stupid in my opinion.
The transform reference point in version 20 is not working like it did in previous versions. In past versions. In past versions when the reference point was moved to a new position by sliding the reference point to a new location with the mouse or by option-clicking to reposition the reference point, the transformation scaled around the point. Now, this is only available by holding the option key modifier. As an advanced user, I would prefer to go back to the older way or allow me to change the behavior of transform in Photoshop preferences.
When using image resizing or classic crop mode after drawing the crop area, resizing it will resize it locked to the initial drawn ratio. To get the correct resizing functionality you have to hold shift down. Holding shift should be what locks the ratio like it previous versions. This needs to be fixed or at least an option in the settings.
Users should not update until this basic functionality is fixed.
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!
I feel like an idiot! Why doesn't Adobe inform? Why do they make such unnecessary changes?
After I tried and sweared for half an hour, I found:
New in Photoshop CC version October 2018 (Version 20.0)
When converting most layer types, such as pixel layers, text layers, bitmaps, placed smart objects, simply drag a corner handle to scale these layer types proportionally. If you hold down the Shift key while dragging a corner handle during conversion, these layer types will be scaled non-proportionally.
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I have never felt that the Shift/Contrain was an issue and don't understand why Adobe felt that needed to change.
Although I still would have been annoyed at having to retrain muscle memory, I would be fine with shift/constrain being reversed if it were CONSISTENT, but it's not. Now I have to think about what type of element I am trying to transform before I hit that shift key. I don't want to think, I just want to do. I use the transform function regularly and now I'm constantly hitting the undo command because I forget to check what type of element I'm transforming before I hit the shift key or not.
Which is easier to remember?
Shift = constrain
Shift = uncontrain on raster layers, text layers, and any group of elements that contain at least one raster layer or alpha mask
Shift = constrain on shape layers, groups of shape layers only, and in other Adobe products
I'm not Howard I'm the lead digital artist at his business. I should start by saying that. I've just got to log into our adobe account to post this.
Copy/pasting with a little bit of censorship from my personal facebook account that an adobe rep asked me to post here.
OMFG I hate Adobe's
change to the transform functionality in Photoshop. I've been trying to
get use to it all week and it's absolute garbage and the
PSUserConfig.txt trick isn't undoing it. I had to revert to old versions on of couple of work's computers because some freelancers we have in just wern't having it. I really spent the week trying to adapt and adjust to the change but but I've gone from being accepting of the logic of the change to bitter and angry.
It's such a necessary thing that's been standardized across the industry, Adobe changing this is equivalent car company being like, 'Hey, I know you're used to manual gear placement on our cars and every competitor's car being 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, but, what about we change to 1, 3, 2, 5, 4. Great right!'
And ya, I'm being harsh and rude but you've ruined a major part of tool that I have to use for my job every day.
She said, "Nothing works like it should anymore and I am having it switched back to 2018".
Like so many professional of all expertise levels, she is now taking a hard look at Affinity Desktop.
So am I and the more I look, the more I like!
I run a group for in-house designers of LinkedIn and Facebook with over 25000 members. I recently asked the question, Did holding the shift key bother anyone? I got the answer I expected, holding the shift key to constrain the aspect ratio when sizing an image bothered no one!
Not holding the shift key however, that bothered many people, for various reasons. Most just said it was really slowing them down. I agree with them, it makes you lose time, and time is money. Others felt like it was a step toward making Adobe product work more like Microsoft products, and that sent a shudder through the group. The thing that bothers me more than that it doesn't feel thought out, for a couple reasons, one, the way it flashes and jerks to tell you not to hold the shift key, that feels broken. The other reason is you just did it to Photoshop and nothing else. Granted it isn't a huge thing, but it's one more thing I have to remember that works differently between Illustrator and Photoshop and InDesign. Every update I hope that the tools get more aligned so my job is easier, but this time it feels like the interfaces are moving farther apart for the first time. I can honestly say I have not loved everything ever done on Adobe update, but I got used to it after time, this the first update that's made me want to go back to the last version.
That having been said, it seems that adding a checkbox somewhere in the preferences dialog to control whether the default is constrained or unconstrained should be a simple fix for Adobe engineers.
Most of us professionals are using computers with large displays to make editing easier and far more accurate that it ever will be on a phone or iPad screen. If I was making the decisions at Adobe, I would want to capture that new group as well but would work extremely hard to maintain my support from the existing customer base using our products.
Why they put Lightroom CC in the top part of the Adobe Cloud App list of apps and bury Lightroom Classic way down below is an indication of where Adobe seems to be going. For me, this is the bellwether of things to come. I have been a loyal and supportive Adobe customer and professional teaching classes in LR and PS for many years. Even I am worried about where this is all headed.
So far, I continue to be loyal and support Adobe but like the rest of you, I am carefully watching to see where this is going.
The swapped transform constraint is a major pain in the ass. Can you please, for once, just put it back the way it bloody was. It still catches me out .. Every. Single. Time. I have 20 yrs of muscle memory with this. Not to mention you left it the other way for literally everything else.
If you've already done so, thanks!
for those of us who've been using Photoshop for decades, the change to constraint modifiers is a frustrating break to our workflow. It's reflexive to ADD a constraint by pressing modifiers. Pressing to REMOVE them is counter-intuitive. I'm willing to accept that some users might like the new way, but please allow us old lags to turn it off! I've got rid of it by using the text file trick in the AppData folder, but surely it makes more sense to put it into Preferences?
Every time you change long-established keyboard shortcuts (and I'm looking at YOU, Ctrl-F), you reduce usability for those who've been supporting you for years.
Interesting read from Creative Bloq team.
I hate it, sorry! When I hold shift to remove the constraint from the image it's super twitchy both with my Mac track pad and my Wacom tablet. I have no idea how to fix that and it's super frustrating. I'm running IOS 10.13.6
I also dislike the fact that it's difficult to get back to the legacy version. There should be a toggle in Preferences. I performed the fix, and it defaults back to the new resize version when I restart my computer.
- It's different for raster and vector layers!
- The constrain button doesn't work as it should!
- It's different in other Adobe products!
- It's called FREE TRANSFORM ffs, not proportional transform!
It was fine the way it was. Please revert!! This is really slowing down my workflow! I use Photoshop every day and I use both vector and raster layers so I can't get used to this! It's just horrible! REVERT!!!
is there a setting to go back to the legacy version of the Transform Tool?! PLEASE!!!
There is a very good chance of Free Transform reverting complete or at least getting a "Use Legacy Transform Controls" in the preferences if this get a high vote count.
In 2014, my Wacom had a problem toggle with Shortcut X between foreground and background. ( o I thought( At that time I retouched skin with the grey layer technique as I learned from Kathrin Eismann's photoshop book. This technique was not working anymore.
Toggling had a lag or did not switch at all.
After speaking to Wacom extensively, they blamed it on photoshop. Turns out it was a photoshop bug.
Photoshop did not reply directly.
I published it on macnn ( a forum that doesn't exist anymore) and wrote to Kathryn, telling her that the technique she describes is useless.
Upon that "pressure", Photoshop software engineers specifically wrote a plugin that got rid of the toggle problem and later implemented it in an update.
One or two years later, designers changed the Interface and it was quite a nightmare!
All the colors were gone and all was much harder to see. After lots of retouchers complained a couple of us wrote and even drew up examples what we thought will work better, like colors for layers and colors for paths even ( that came later)
Throughout the process the communication was not the greatest.
But in the end they changed it.
I am sure the people who are directly involved read these comments and will take them to heart.
I am not sure how much they have to say in that matter.
It might be a marketing thing or a political issue in which direction photoshop will head, I agree.
What might work for the the future is to report this to people like Phlearn, photoshop magazines, retouching forums etc.
MacNN at that time picked up the story and that definitely helped.
I think what doesn't help is being rude or advising to use pirated software.
Then like me I will just skip reading the comment
I am of course very upset about the unworkable update and hope this will get resolved soon.
In the meantime I only use 2018.