Photoshop CC 2019: Transform/Resize is constrained by default - Want ability to go back to legacy behavior

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When selecting a layer and dragging a corner handle with the shift (or alt-shift) key pressed, the resize proportion isn't constrained. This started with this most recent update.
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Official Response
new feature, use Shift to *un* constrain.  Constrain to fixed aspect is now on by default.  
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Very handy to know before updating.
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Tim

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Do you think users should be informed of such a major change in one of the most used features of Photoshop?
This wastes time in retraining muscle memory for millions of users, and by the looks of things, you've failed to provide an easy way to turn this off.
It is baffling when these kinds of decisions are made.
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It's also inconsistent! I worked out quickly that constrained was the new default - sure, I'm ok with that as it is an attempt to standardize across apps - but then I go to resize something else and it requires the old key combo?!! Is there a bug where old documents or elements from old documents retain the old restraining defaults?! It's the only explanation I could come up with...
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It’s also misleading. I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer, mouse, Wacom, etc. this change really blows. Also makes me appreciate Affinity Photo more and more.
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Why? You could've just taken a quick glance at the "What's new" page.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html
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Clayton King

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I look for highlights when I have time. With CC I update to simply be current. I suppose this is a learning moment.
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Daniel

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They added a warning message about the new way undo works but the proportional scaling muscle memory is just as burned in. In needed to be clearly mentioned like the undo change.
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The consensus in time will show this was a mistake by the development team.  If it were thought out and there was a good reason to change it then it would have been changed for other similar functions like scaling a crop, tool constraints, rotation etc. My bet is that they will reverse this by making it a preference to save face.
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Thanks Tracy. Yes John McAssey's manual fix works. But the PS team needs to hear us because a change can affect productivity across the whole PS user community effectively creating a massive loss of productivity worldwide. I know they understand this very well and take these things seriously. 
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You just made my month!! A friend dropped a drink on my laptop so I had to get a new one and then after getting my computer all setup my Adobe apps were all reset so it has been a nightmare!!! One minute I can't get shift to constrain, the next I can't get it to stop. Hallelujah for you!!

Also, why on earth did they not send a notification in the product to tell us this?! ;)

THANK YOU!!!!
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@david tristram New feature ?!? Its not a feature, its a change. and its not change all across the program, shapes scale like before. Smart objects scale like before. Its just confusing an inconsitent. If you are going to force such a shortcut change on the users, at least do it on everything. 
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Don't prompt to that ;) Better ask to make happy both groups of users. Option to disable / enable.
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The team has not thing else to improve the software?
So that they are changing something to "pretend" they are improving the software?
So that they can justify the monthly fee?

Ridiculous, the "shift" key function was there for more than ten years and everyone is so familiar with this. For what reason the developers have to change it?

Similarly the "link" button between "H" and "W" is not working; even if I have disassociate the width and height, the transformation is still in the aspect ratio.

This update seriously sucks!
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The team has not thing else to improve the software?
So that they are changing something to "pretend" they are improving the software?
So that they can justify the monthly fee?

Ridiculous, the "shift" key function was there for more than ten years and everyone is so familiar with this. For what reason the developers have to change it?

Similarly the "link" button between "H" and "W" is not working; even if I have disassociate the width and height, the transformation is still in the aspect ratio.

This update seriously sucks!
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agreed!
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Paul

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I have been using Photoshop professionally since it first came out. That is a very long time to get used to doing something. Much longer than 10 years. I can understand defaulting it to being constrained, but couldn't you come up with another button to unconstrain other than the one everyone is used to using for constrain!! OMG. That is just absolutely stupid and short-sighted UX and product design. C'mon, you can do better than that. Worse yet -- I have to come to this forum to figure out the change!! Very poorly considered.
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This has been a terrible change for my working habits, even more if you consider that the new defaults don’t apply to the transformation of paths and advanced objects. That introduces further chaos!
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If there was a Setup Assistant that ran on first launch and allowed a user to toggle these changes, this wouldn't be an issue. But changing defaults silently and letting users find them and be pissed off is just poor software design.
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If there was a Setup Assistant that ran on first launch and allowed a user to toggle these changes, this wouldn't be an issue. But changing defaults silently and letting users find them and be pissed off is just poor software design.
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I'm gald to see resonable people can't stand that too and criticise this poor CC 2019 behaviour.
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I've been using Photoshop professionally since Photoshop 2.
Most of the time, updates had value and few if any were just plain unnecessary.
Changing how a selected layer is constrained has no apparent value.
Did it bring value to something else in the program? Probably not!
Two weeks ago  David Tristram, an Adobe employee, wrote the following:
"new feature, use Shift to *un* constrain.  Constrain to fixed aspect is now on by default"
What he wrote could be easily interpreted as:
You guys are all stupid and I am the Photoshop God. Therefore, we made this change and you will have to get used to it!  
Just imagine how nice it would have been if he had written a great explanation as to why this change was made!

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Yes, I agree with you Dennis. I would also like to know if the difference between scaling text layers, smart layers, shapes and regular layers were intentional. If so I would very much like to know the exact reason for this and what Adobe think it will help solving?!? 

To me, I still sit with a question mark above my head of exactly what Photoshop CC 2019 brought to the table  that has made it a better than it was. Multiple Undos - all ready there (just forced changed the shortcut on us). Uniform scale was all ready there (just forced changed the shortcut). Color wheel is nice but too little and too late - we all ready got way better plugins for that. and any optimizations made to the program, I really cannot notice, in fact for me everything is just slightly more laggy (layers in particular).  If the adobe team need ideas on where to continue the development they should announce that...or was this just a good way to save a few bucks this year?
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They say it's to make it uniform to iPad (or something I never had anything to do with) were are no shift keys, or they are something unusual. So becuase everything must be the same in scope of their produtcs they choose probably to make workstation versions work same as those shortly many people will use mostly, new young comers that are future target for Adobe. We can't do anything (however I don't like it) that the generation of old users remembering first releases or those at least from 6 - 7 years shortly is going to die and not be profitable for this company. It's even easier to play with kids for them by those new unfinished updates than with 'real' users as younger ones are going to adapt that somehow faster using their flexible brains and not complain as we do.

They act like Europe Union that introduces plenty of unthought and unresonable stupid changes to old as world good working natural regulations. Of course they know what they do. So no matter they have no logic answer for that - as far as they can say people what to do they are going to use it to 'enslave' them, rule the world and have more money, managing those they not belong to them.
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(...)what Photoshop CC 2019 brought to the table  that has made it a better than it was.
New users are not aware of this stupidly made action. So answer is there's really nothing that could be reason to release new Photoshop that couldn't be next update to previous one. The only what is important user who looks for such product is more likely buy something that is fresh as that must be better. Will anyone take a time to investigate what's true? Probably more time people spend on learning new stuff with no experience of how that was earlier. An when such user is going finally to be familiar with something that is initially too hard to look at as a whole there will pass more years before they start to discredit anything, that when beeing able to recognise something has no sense in Adobe doings, like for example now some of another controversial updates.
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Well, another disappointing response from Adobe. IMHO you are absolute morons for changing something that been one way for EVER. Clearly you don't have any understanding of how your users work and need to work. We've got work to do and we expect our tools to continue working the way they always have — or you better have one hell of a good reason for changing something. And that's one of the problems with Adobe: you make changes but why are you making the changes? What is the compelling reason? I hope you finally do something so stupid that it causes a huge financial impact to the company because you need a darn good whopping.
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It’s very tempting to get by on an old paid for in full version and cancel my subscription. I already shut down the 2019 version and went back to 2018. The problem is, if Adobe refuses to give us back our old options we are stuck with this crap from here on out, and I for one am not going to upgrade just because there is no other choice for newer versions. It’s not just new tool behavior for me though. I found far too many bugs in the 2019 version and it’s just not worth the headache
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Great advice, except text layers behave differently now to smart objects, or rasterised layers. Also, for some reason the layer labels for smart objects and shapes no longer work, so you can't scan through a document to see what is what! 0/10 rolling back to previous version.
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If you mean that blank starting with 'Kind' and ending with 'Artboard' it works for me.
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"Official Response

"new feature, use Shift to *un* constrain.  Constrain to fixed aspect is now on by default.  "


New feature on Camry, use right pedal for brakes, use left pedal for accelerator, and turn signal is now shift lever. 
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LOL "We found that many users preferred to back into their garage. NEW FEATURE. Use shift to go Forward."
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This is a terrible change. I have to relearn a 20+ year reflex for Photoshop only?! ID and AI stay as they were? For what purpose exactly? Does Adobe have any idea how disorienting this is for experienced users? Like so often with Adobe CC, it's back to last year's version or the version before that. I'm surprised holding down Shift doesn't also pop up an ad for Adobe Stock.
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This is a terrible change. I have to relearn a 20+ year reflex for Photoshop only?! ID and AI stay as they were? For what purpose exactly? Does Adobe have any idea how disorienting this is for experienced users? Like so often with Adobe CC, it's back to last year's version or the version before that. I'm surprised holding down Shift doesn't also pop up an ad for Adobe Stock.
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I guess InDesign and Illustrator are used mostly by professional users while Photoshop is popular amongst amateurs, so people who do fast fun corrections on other devices they can do in Ps too. Now this app is dedicated to them, especially iPad users, where ID and AI versions don't exist on?
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If Photoshop was the only Adobe CC product I used, I’d grit my teeth and get used to the new way of resizing. However, I spend all day jumping from Illustrator to Photoshop to Indesign and back again (and again) — and the other two programs didn’t change. So I am constantly doing it wrong. It’s beyond frustrating.
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Jonah, I am having the exact same problem. I switch between Illustrator and Photoshop all day, and it is very frustrating. So much for inter-app workflow.
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And according to Adobe at Max 2018, multiple undo's was changed for this exact reason, to unify between the programs. ...The irony.   
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No shit Sherlock
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Inconsistency, inconsistency, inconsistency

* Transform Illustrator Indesign Photoshop.
* I wonder. What happens if you trans for a pixel shape and a vector shape simultaneously.
* I've got the feeling this 'feature' has been implemented so PS is easier to use on an Ipad. But professionals don't work directly on Tablets.

Facepalm...





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One month discussion could be avoided if they released Photoshop that one month later. They could find what is wrong, fix that before official release, and focus on bugs and important stuff!
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24 years of muscle memory that now have to be retrained.  Thaaaanks.
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I have no idea why Adobe what to change their user experiences and behavior. I used PS for 10 years now I made mistakes every time while using the Free Transform in 2019.
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Brandon Adams

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Please change this back, or at least give us the option to use the Legacy version for "pro" users. It's beyond comprehension that a legacy feature was not included.
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Please change this back, or at least give us the option to use the Legacy version for "pro" users. It's beyond comprehension that a legacy feature was not included.
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This update is one of the dumbest things I can imagine. Why not just start randomly changing hotkeys, too? why not switch it so (e) selects the brush and (b) selects the eraser? This was not a problem, and does not need to be fixed. Kindly change it back so I can regain my faith in Adobe. This was a very careless and stupid change.
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I was like what is wrong with shift+alt or shift not constraining for like minutes and googled and came to this topic.. This change was a LOL! 
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I was waiting for that modification since a long time...
This change (No using shift as default for constraint), make more sense for me and it become as most of other software do.
It will be nice do, if the default setting(not using shift for constraint) was the same for "Vector''.

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That would be OK if it were s "scale" instead of "free transform".
But you're praising removal of "free" part.
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I have worked in Photoshop longer than almost everyone. I started with PS3 beta release and have been a professional user ever since. In the 90's I beta tested quite often. In all that time, I have to say this is the dumbest idea ever. At least have a simple selection to turn it off. PS The chain link is supposed to turn it on and off, but Adobe didn't bother to make it actually work. Click it and see. It does nothing but change selection color. I just need a product that works. All these useless updates with tools for the ignorant masses has made PS a shadow of what really made it great. Ask someone who started using PS in 1993. 
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I started in Photoshop 2.5 before it had layers and I’d say that while the application isn’t perfect, it is close to brilliant.

The change in the bahavior for Free Transorm is out of character flr Adobe. How long time users use the product is often well considered. Maybe it’s new people on the team? I am sure that the feedback is being heard and that we’ll have something in the preferences for this and it working as expected as set by the user.

I am still doing the bulk of my work in version 19 (CC2018),b but I typically hold off three to four months before mograting to major releases. Proir to the subscription model, I always held off until the .1 or .5 version shipped.

If anything, I jump up to 2019 for the content-aware fill improvments and then jump back to 2018 (both open at the same time). That’s certainly not ideal.

Also, basic math in the value text fields is almost worth all the other hassles. (Almost.)
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This is sooooooo annoying Adobe. I have been using Photoshop for 19 years.... and now you change the 'shift' key around. Give is the option to change it back please so we can just get on with our work..... 
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Did you "Me Too" ?
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It's a stupid unfair move. Adobe updated 20.0.1 and in that update they didn't even bother to look at the transform tool. 

I'm beginning to think that Adobe is going to ignore the complaints in this forum about the scaling behaviour.

I'm hoping that more of our friends add their woes about the transform tool here and vote by clicking 'ME TOO' on top of this page. Hopefully Adobe will get the message that we want to go back to the existing behaviour of the transform tool that was in Photoshop V19.

Spread the word so that Adobe gets the message.

I refuse to use the buggy Photoshop V20. I wasted so much valuable time and expense trialling the new version and it's not worth it to me to keep using V20
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So as of now there are ninety, count 'em, metoos tallied at the top of this page. Does anyone really think that Adobe pays any attention at all to this, not even a zygote of a blip on their radar. They simply don't care and go on collecting our monthly due. They care about one thing and one thing only. That should be readily apparent at this point.
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I am a little disheartened by Adobe's lack of response for the discontent over this feature that no one wanted. If Adobe is going to change a core behavior and say it's for user experience or consistency, then why are you forcing long-time users to edit a buried preferences file and why are none of the other Adobe apps the same. At the very least, please make it an option in the Photoshop preferences. This was not a cool move for people who use Photoshop every day.
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The problem is that the soon to be released Photoshop for iPad has the same underlying code as the desktop Photoshop. I think that's really what's going on. 

Adobe is not going to listen to us.

I read online 'The Verge' which reported that "Bringing a program like Photoshop to the iPad is a monumental task. The project started 18 months ago when two Adobe engineers asked to carve out time to bring the Photoshop codebase to the iPad. “There was just a lot of doubt until what we call the “proof of life” moment,” says Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer. Senior director Pam Clark agrees: “We fully admit we were surprised when the engineers showed up, and it was quite powerful and smooth.” That “proof of life” product inspired the design team to start focusing on the app’s user experience, with each new build focusing on a different Photoshop workflow."
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As a Photoshop user since V3, I would venture to say Adobe's mindset started when they purchased Aldus Photostyler and thus eliminating their real competition.  Monopolies always choose to do what they want as opposed to serving their loyal client base.  

Adobe has no real competition so they do as they please without regard to their clients.  Adobe of late has been making more changes that hurt professional users and woo novices.  

Adobe, I plead with you to LEAVE THE BASIC OPERATION OF PHOTOSHOP ALONE!  Make your product perform better and give us a way in the prefs to "opt out" of any major changes.  Change all you want in Photoshop Elements for the novices and kids.  If you want Photoshop for the iPad... call it Photoshop iPad, making it a separate application.  You are in the process of screwing yourself royally and don't seem to realize it.  Listen to your professional users.  They pay your salaries.

Remember, Rome fell and you can too!
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Take what I say with a grain of salt, since I only got Affinity for iPad yesterday. But when I watched a tutorial on gestures, my head started swimming. It looks like they use the same concept there—no gesture (shift) for constrain transform, gesture to unconstrain—but it also appears to be inconsistent. It looked to me like shapes (vector) were different with free transform using no gesture. They came out a long time ago, so maybe PS is copying them?

It's going to be a confusing world out there. I still want the option to constrain or not on the Options bar,  so if we click on the link, it's constrained AND a sticky setting. Unlinked, unconstrained, AND a sticky setting.  We can have a preference, too, but the Options bar lets us choose on the fly.  As for the iPad, I'll probably click my way through it all, ignoring gestures as much as I possibly can, and hope menus and icons work as well on the iPad as they do on the desktop for apps where I don't remember all the shortcuts. It's not as if I'm using the iPad to be highly productive.

Buckle up for this brave new world.
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This happens in Adobe tools all the time, and I hate it. They turned off CSS custom formatting in Dreamweaver a few years ago when they started using a different framework to power it... a huge amount of users wanted it back and nothing happened. I gave up WYSIWYG editors completely and moved to Notepad++, and am sort of leaning the same way with this one. We'll see.
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I figured out how to fix it......

use 2018....lol
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That's it! We pay for the latest but it's useless.
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If Adobe has screwed up Photoshop so bad in favor of the upcoming Photoshop for IPad like so many of us think, the issue is that the ‘Real’ Photoshop for iPad isn’t ‘Real’. To completely change the behavior of basic tools that we have used for years rather than to develop a ‘Real’ version of Photoshop for iPad is not accomplishing a quality product for either version. As bad as I may want to use Photoshop on my iPad, I would rather mirror my iPad to my Mac to use for a drawing pad. I still see that the new version of Photoshop is too full of bugs and other bad behaviors that I’m not likely to ever use anything later than the 2018 version.
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How do I turn off the new proportional scaling by default behavior while transforming layers?

To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:

  1. Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).
  2. Type the text below in the text file:

    TransformProportionalScale 0

  3. Save the file as "PSUserConfig.txt" to your Photoshop settings folder:
    • Windows: [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\
    • macOS: //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/





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Tim

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Thank you dearly, John.
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Clayton King

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Thank you. This is an absurd change.
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Thank you!!
(did you notice multiple undo is now just command + Z and no longer command + option + Z? I prefer the classic command + Z to quickly undo and redo the last change...oh well.)
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So like me, but you may at least change your shortcuts to have it back.
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THANK YOU.   It's been 24 hours of torture.   HOW does a major universal industry application like Photoshop arbitrarily reverse a SHIFT key functionality like that.   Holy smokes.   It was COMPLETELY changing my workflow last night.   15 years ... then overnight... mandatory functionality switch???
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At least the undo is consistent with other apps behavior. The Scale behavior is now totally different than other apps, when going back and forth all day from PSD to Illust to Indesign I keep hoping they will be more alike.
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Hey, I'm using Windows 10, and for some reason this folder you are talking about doesn't exist where you pointed. 
Any idea where to find it?
Thanks
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Top menu: Folder Options: View Tab: look for “Hidden Files and Folders” : check Show hidden files
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Thanks,
I did find the folder and created the file as you instructed above, but when I opened PS again, it didn't make any change to the new behavior. 
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Mark Payne

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hmm. Really? It should work.

Maybe recheck the spelling? Make sure it's a .txt file.
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Ori Manor

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I just copied and pasted what you put above...
Well, guess I'm doomed to use the new setting until adobe fixes this stupidity.
I'll just have to get used to it.
Thanks anyway :)
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Thank you very much, John. I feel almost home again.

@Ori don't try to get used to it. It's like getting used to reverse driving! It should be all case sensitive so write it exactly as above... Maybe you installed PS / CC for all users? I believe then you need another user folder, right?
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THANK YOU for your post to disable the idiotic change sans legacy pref. 

​On Macintosh High Sierra 10.13.6, ​I did exactly as you detailed (copy/pasting the command, so it's case sensitive; checking for invisibles, none except the single space; etc.) 

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/PSUserConfig.txt
=> TransformProportionalScale 0

Quit/restart PS and no change.

​Any further wisdom to fix this maddening new behavior?​

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OK, answering my own question. It took another hour of experimenting (locations, permissions, text file encoding, etc.), but HERE'S THE FIX (for Mac Users): the text file must be saved as a Unicode UTF-8 file. 

If it's a UTF-16 file (a more current version which some text editors default to), it won't work. 

And, it even supports comments if your start a line with a hashtag (eg, # Revert idiotic removal of shift key for proportional constraint changes by Adobe in PS CC 2019).

...Thanks to our PS internet village for sharing the wisdom. Fingers crossed that before changing a highly used function that is built into the muscle memory of tens (hundreds?) of thousands of experienced users, Adobe will include it as a Preferences checkbox!

 
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It's definitely hundreds of thousands. I spent ten minutes trying to scale an icon and searching the web until I figured out they reversed the behavior. It's like taking every Xbox controller and deciding that "reversed" is the new standard.
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It worked! Thanks a million!
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OMG - WTF - Adobe... what were you thinking??? Thanks a million - I thought I was loosing my mind - I have used Photoshop since inception. Can't change some of those things.
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We shouldn't have to do this. This is Adobe's responsibility. We don't get paid the big bucks to code Adobe software. Come on Adobe engineers, listen to us, your long term loyal users.  . . . Then again why would you Adobe, when you probably get thousands of 'new' customers a week, who wouldn't know about the dramas we 'old school' had to put up with your buggy software. I guess our threats of abandoning your product wouldn't worry you in the least.
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Maybe something will be chnaged for better. I see there are other popular topics from past with many likes however noticably less than this one. They had no any impact though, but maybe now there is little more chance for some kind of reversion:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop_6_crop_tool

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/do-you-plan-to-include-device-preview-back-to...
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Particularly unnecessary since SHIFT is stilled used to constraint other things like brushes to a straight line and cropping. Retrain to not use SHIFT for only one tool (?) 
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Traditionally, shift is used to constrain in several non-Adobe programs. I would think most software users have adopted that is a defacto command.

I hope this becomes a user preference
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Adobe just HAD to be different, so they made it that you had to hold in Shift to constrain. Just about all other apps auto constrained and scaled based on the selection handle you scaled with. So all people started adopting Adobe's change... Now they introduce it as a "New Feature" instead of saying - sorry we messed up all these years.
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This is by far one of the most stupid and unnecessary changes!
They broke the most basic rule: Never fix what is not broken. 
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Heinrich Helmbold

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Well they broke that rule a very long time ago and people adopted it as the norm. Now they are trying to fix what they fixed when it wasn't broken
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I don't remember it worked previously differently than till now. When it worked like now then?
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Don't forget the Crop Tool change in PS CS6.... that was a masterful screw-up if ever!
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Nolan - Yeah, they screwed that up too, but at least they put a Use Legacy checkbox there that worked. Check that box and you're good to go. 
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One thing I am starting to be more aware of it when you click too far out of the transform bounding box, it stamps the change. It was only today that I realize I hate this after wanting to select all to rotate the entire image slightly.

Even if it's a tiny effort to have the cursor closer, these little things add up and are just annoying.
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this is my biggest problem with 2019
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They should let us choose the way we want to confirm changes!
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I also became aware of the same thing. . . even using the distortion has caused me grief. . I've wasted too much time and brain energy on CC 2019. I've gone back to 2018
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Instead of fixing bugs I hated in CC 2018 (they moved them to CC 2019) now they introduce new ones that what's 'funny' are intended (problematic) behaviours :/
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Mark - Fully agree. There are many times where you WANT to move your cursor farther away from the corner to make very minute changes, and now if you go too far, bam, you've committed the transform. So far I have yet to see, although I may have missed it, any kind of mea culpa from Adobe saying that they indeed, did eff it up and will have a fix shortly. In the meantime, the text file works fine but does not increase the safe zone around the frame during a (not so) Free Transform.
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Christ, I couldn't work out what this problem was, infuriating sorry.
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Each recreated feature should have option to revert.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add a toggle button to allow for legacy scale options..

It used to be that to maintain proportional scaling, a user would hold the shift key while scaling. In Photoshop CC 2019 the proportional scaling is done without pushing anything, but now when you hold the Shift key it UNLOCKS proportional scaling.

To just change the scale tool to be backwards relative to how it has very literally always been without an easy way to change it back or any documentation the first time you use Photoshop CC 2019 is ridiculous. It shows that the people making the software don't actually use the software.

The fix is easy: Instead of making some one line script file, have an in-app toggle switch to allow for legacy scaling proportional.

I've been using Photoshop for 25 years, and this is absolutely 100% perplexing.
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I agree, that change was not needed for anything :(
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The fact that so many users have had to trawl through forums to find out how to use a tool thats worked perfectly well in one way for years, is ridiculous. 
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You're supposed to just "know" that you should click on the What's New below the app name to get to a page that tells you what's new.

But I do see a couple of significant usability issues. For one thing, the What's New is hardly prominent. It could be so it acted more like a warning than marketing, just in case you were interested.

For another, when I look at the page, the whole new Transform and Auto-commit is under the heading "Usability Improvements." Way to be so boring and technical on that page, no one reads it. The headers, imo,  should be the feature names to direct our attention, not "Usability," or "Top Customer Requests." They could even use heads and subheads so they could put Usability Improvements underneath Transform and Auto-Commit. Subheads were invented a while ago, I believe.

But it's not as if they don't tell us—they just do it very quietly. '-}
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It's not that you cannot easily find the "feature" under what's new. It's just a bad feature. I did not hard to find out in 3 minutes that they reversed the constrain.

Further, Adobe's Whats New Page did not offer a fix there, someone here supplied it.

Most people find these features while working. Whats New Page would just make you frustrated in advance before finding them.
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Finding a "fix," since there wasn't officially a hack to "fix" transform, isn't the same issue as " users have had to trawl through forums to find out how to use a tool thats worked perfectly well in one way for years. . . " You didn't have to trawl to find out how  it worked, only notice that there was a central location for finding out what was new before you went any further. You may think that reading the What's New page just makes you frustrated in advance. I prefer to know in advance what to look out for and test —before I make up my mind that it's a good idea or a terrible idea.

And I do think that better headers, like having a good index (which we don't have for the online guide), helps people quickly find what interests them. Getting their attention is half the battle in good design.

But yes, to fix Transform—since they didn't intend for us to choose to go back or they'd have given us a legacy setting—you do have to search hard, and in fact, had to wait for someone to supply it. Not that I think it's a genuine "fix" if you have to hack code to do it.  <g>
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Anyone who wants this change needs to "Me Too" at the top of the page... that's how the requests get prioritized. I am not sure if merged pages add their "Me Too"s...
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Yep. Merging does add up the Votes from the merged topic (but won't double votes if the same person votes on both the parent and merged doc - of that makes sense)
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Good to know votes are merged, I always thought we lose them.
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From a practical point this change makes sense... I teach new students and holding shift while constraining is just not natural because every app they use outside of Photoshop doesn't require holding shift.

BUT... The way Adobe implimented this shows their attitude and that they really couldn't care about existing users. They already have our money. They are only interested in getting new clients.
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Mostly I see people say other applications also use 'shift' as modifier that let keep proportions, and that I noticed it's true. Can you say names of those other application that is different? Normally it's like in was till now, but even if different then for sure not that all other applications had that way to do it, not even half of them.
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"Simple apps" like Powerpoint, Word etc don't use shift - just drag a corner and it keeps proportions. CorelDRAW / PhotoPaint also keeps proportions when using the corner handles. (Well used to when I used it before Adobe)
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So in those other apps when you hold shift you're getting free transform, so like now in CC2019? - fixed typo - moderator - 
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lol Kukurykus need to change shift word unless it's intentional
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I think we were using shift back in the Quark Xpress days, also a lot of audio software, cad software, any program even using shift select - multiple selections are rarely made by default. In general shift is a function that skips manual steps or loose movement ie. constrain.
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I wasn't aware of, but sounds good when someone likes to mold shapes from that kind of material. The only tools to transform that unproportionally are your hands and insensitve nose of course ;)
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You meant in Quark Xpress and other apps shift worked like in CC 2018 or CC 2019?
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No I mean that things like drag in a straight line, select multiple objects, rotate to angles - these kind of functions are rarely done by default in most software I've used. 

Shift is widely know as a constrain or multiple selection function. It is a convention. Open up a folder in Windows and click on several items in a list. Would you want to multiply select without shift.

I'm not arguing, I am only discussing this in principle - as it could be a slippery slope. 
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Now I understand. I have the same opinion. The example with selecting multiple files with no 'shift' was one of better I heard :D Such simplicity would kill the logic why modifier keys even exist. They are support for additional operations. If we revert it we're going to 'lose' time not on holding them, but thinking whether we should do that for certain action as now I see some operations need them while others inconsistently don't.
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Bug. Maintain aspect ratio constrain link on the toolbar does not work in cc 2019.
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Need to look at this bug also with the constrain link -

When you un-check the Maintain aspect ratio constrain link on the toolbar and then use transform it still maintains aspect ratio. . . un-checking the link should disable maintain aspect ratio shouldn't it? Well it doesn't.

Also shift key + transform disables Maintain aspect ratio but doesn't correspond with the constrain link on the tool bar. 
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I think we can all agree that there should be a preference toggle and the "Maintain aspect ratio" constrain link on the toolbar should function properly. Additionally, a popup blocker to notify users of these changes to default behavior and a checkbox in that dialog to set the preference is a MUST HAVE for future changes like this (and the "auto-select" feature of the move tool).

That said, the decision to flip the default behavior is not a bug. It's an inconvenience to retrain habits, but I know that I and a lot of others transform with constraints on far more (like, 90% of the time for me) than not, so for us, this is a workflow improvement. I will be not have to be constantly holding shift with my pinkey finger! Thanks Adobe!

Let's ask for a preference setting, fix the aspect-ratio button in the tool bar, and cut down on the "I can't believe..."s and "How could they..."s.

Will there be some initial frustration when we hold shift and the transform box goes all wobbly? Sure. What's the solution? Let go of the shift key. There are more disruptive and destructive bugs and changes that we can focus on.


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The only I'd like to have is the option to decide behaviour of that, so that was like now or before.
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Sorry -- I disagree. By those standards there is no such thing as designing a product for your existing users. No existing user is helped by changing an easy, learned and automatic behavior. It's like re-arranging the keys on a piano. Middle C is one key to the right now! So much more convenient! Thank you piano tuner for forcing me to re-learn my craft! If you want to default the constraint on, that's fine. Just don't use the traditional "constrain" key to unconstrain! 
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Do you reply for Max Johnson or mine comment? If mine the best for me would be like that was so far, till CC 2019 release, but I know half of users want it like it's now, so best is if these 2 kind of user groups could choose how they want 'shift' worked during their own session. I think that is possible by adding checkbox to preferences (even if that needed to restart Photoshop), don't you think so?
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Max  there is a bug in the Maintain aspect ratio constrain link on the toolbar. It doesn't work. That needs to be addressed.

When you un-check the Maintain aspect ratio constrain link on the toolbar and then use transform it still maintains aspect ratio. . . un-checking the link should disable maintain aspect ratio shouldn't it? Well it doesn't.

Also shift key + transform disables Maintain aspect ratio but doesn't correspond with the constrain link on the tool bar. 


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I agree and I did mention that twice in my reply, though in-line with the other requests.
"...and the Maintain aspect ratio constrain link on the toolbar should function properly. " and "...fix the aspect-ratio button in the tool bar..."
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled photoshop cc 2019 - transform cannot be switched off/on right.

Bug using the transform tool using CTRL+t.
Bug 1: The default is always ON for the maintain proportions option. Clicking the "locl proportions" button doesnt seem to work . The default used to be OFF.
Bug 2: SHIFT now does the opposite - it unlocks proportions while transforming. 

This happens after selecting part of a layer where some pixels are drawn ( it doesnt matter how you select them), when you enter transform mode using CNTRL+t.
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I first looked at the calender, this last update totally felt like the best April fools software prank ever intended. But no! It's a feature. Just forget your more than 10 years of experience! Throw aboard the fast way of working you are used to! Hey, you beloved power users out there, just shut up and make room for another classic "Adobe duh' move" where they pretend to know their people and try to sell us the most unintentional shiat possible - so everybody is raging about that, rather than the old and poor single core architecture of their software.

Adobe, you have all the eyes and ears in the world, why do you not just ask your community beforehand??? I can't understand software behemoths like this one... all they have to do is listen! What is this board good for anyways?!

Btw, there is a "back-to-legacy"-setting for every little thing BUT that one! WHY?
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I read enough many theards from last 15 years on different forums about Adobe. Conclusion is they won't listen us about some stuff they want us to enforce to get used to. And that will happen for sure as they know majority of us has no choise and will use Photoshop the way that's beeing redesigned for making more money purpose.
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I think, they want us crying here together in a closed room so nobody takes a notice.

There are now many reviews out on many sites about the new CC2019 features. If you comment there in the open blogs, this reach many more people so there can read about, check it, an discuss about it.

Maybe Adobe would react slightly quicker than.
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This works like a charm in Affinity because they decided to constrain (logically) text AND photos. When I use photoshop to compose complexe pictures with shadows, lines and other shapes, all this suddenly becomes very tricky... For example, I had to manipulate large layers with black to transparent gradients, this has no sense to constrain this type of layer by default... 
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And for sure, a toggle button would be really usefull... 
I'm always very very happy to work with homothetic transformed text  in Affinity Designer... 

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2019 Change the Free Transform pipeline back!.

I hate that I can't turn off uniform scale. Adobe, if you're listening. Turn free transform back to non-uniform scale! I HATE THAT I HAVE TO PRESS SHIFT!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Does Adobe actively hate its users?.

Does Adobe actively hate its users? Or is it just a joke to reverse the lock proportion in transforming (shift key)? Actually curious who thought this was a good idea.
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If they just started with business we (users) had much more to say.
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In a month or so you don't even remember that you had to hold that key down in the past.
Not true - me and many other users changed this new behaviour back to that how that was for over 20 years. So you'll have 2 group of users, and that would be best option to respect all.

That is not light or dark leading theme of Photoshop users set like they want. But if you allowed us to have even four colours Photoshop is adjusted to, then what is problem to do the same with that what 'shift' should do?
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I'm scared of next AdobeMax! Everything looks so nice on there, but in practise that's something we wouldn't like to have. Like that was said. Focus on bugs they live from 5 - 10 years then try to implement some new features....
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I think I've said this before. Old school is not the cool school. 

Old school is probably what Adobe built their fortunes on. Please respect the old school Adobe. You have a lot to learn from us. 

Thank you.
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That's easy for them to do that they want. When we are not users they have to make something we will like, but after they got your money and enforced for subscription they don't have to listen us - we are already in cage. If there was must to buy next Ps before our money was on their account they would do everything to encourage us to buy their product. That had to be really good, like that was in Creative Suite times. There's no campaign in monarchy to make everything we chose their Photoshop release. We're stuck in their kingdom, and I even suspect previous versions of Ps are not fully fixed before next one is beeing released as that would make people to not upgrade to newest one. Such brutal politics.
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I've been using Photoshop since it first came out. Using the Shift key to constrain proportions is one of the cornerstone key commands of the application. To arbitrarily switch to the opposite action, after nearly 3 decades, is unnecessary, illogical and completely tone-deaf to the core, long-time, loyal users.

I've lost a lot of billable work time to go back and recheck sizing of graphics, because of Adobe's shift to NOT constrain scaling update. So who may I send my invoice to at Adobe?

Change it back! I'm not able to justify this ridiculous hinderance of my workflow and I don't have time to get our IT department's approval to mess with the code of the Photoshop application.

We're mad. We're frustrated. We're YOUR customers!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 20 - scaling proportionally using shift key no longer works.

After the new release (CC 20), scaling proportionally using the Shift key no longer works. When scaling you need to click "Maintain Aspect Ratio" button now, which is NOT good as some of the time you want to be able to transform freely and other times you want to keep the ratio - the Shift key was a nice feature that avoided having to hit that "Maintain Aspect Ratio" button every time you need to switch between free transform and keep ratio transform. PLEASE bring it back!!

And also when in the transform mode, the "center" is no longer visible. So when hitting the alt key to move the "rotation center" to another spot, it's no longer visible, so you don't know what you're rotating around...
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I agree that Adobe really screwed this up. There is a way to get the reference point back in your transform box however. Go to Preferences>Tools> and click Show reference point when using transform. (Thanks to Jesús Ramirez at the Photoshop Training Channel on Youtube for that one by the way)
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That's where I learnt it from too Lonny. Jesús Ramirez at the Photoshop Training Channel on Youtube has some amazing PS hints and tricks.
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Yes, he is one of my favorite people to follow for tutorials Rosa.
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The best.
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Thanks for that, I did not know that preference. I'm ok with that one.
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Though having a preference is usually a good thing, I still prefer having more exposed on the Options bar. I have a visual clue as to how I last "set" my preference, I can toggle it on and off, I am way less likely to think something is "broken" just because I've forgotten a preference.

So I wish Adobe would put more of those preferences on the Options bar. They gave us the narrow bar option, and that leaves plenty of room even with my laptop. If they'd do what others do and put all those align and distribute icons into a simple drop down with the icons, they'd even have a ton of room left over when the Move tool is active.

I want more prefs, not less, but having more of them in my workspace is better than having to hunt for them. I think the majority of users don't even look at their preferences, so it should be obvious by now that's a terrific backup, but more exposure for the ones we commonly need in a context-sensitive setting like the Options bar or even the Properties panel would be even better.
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Following you I suggest something close to Properties panel like Preferences panel that we can customize to our needs to keep there only those preferences we're not sure / aware how they got set, or we often change (that would be too inconvinient to do that fastly by regular Preferences where we have to look for certain ones amongst all of them).
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This new "feature" is completly stupid, if you change this kind of things, do it well. If you transform a vector layer it's still the default behavior, so when you're on the new keyboard shortcuts, you have to know if it's a pixelised layer, you don't hold shift to get proportional transform, and if you're on a vector, you have to hold shift... It drove me totally crasy. Not to mention that in all other Adobe apps, it's still holding shift that is the dafault behavior (illustrator, indesign, etc.) Thanks for the tip with PSUserconfig file, it worked nicely, and I'm back to mental sanity
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Look at there are differences also between transformation of Smart Objects, Text Objects and also Path Objects. And you have good point. When we switch to someone's computer the only reseting preferences wouldn't be enough. Normally that is some shortcuts are popular so we could handle Photoshop with that we met, but when within one program there are 2 kinds of methods to do the same for similar actions you feel like sitting to car you knew how to drive is like you are in airplane that is new vechicle for you, you have to learn how to make if fly.
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I completely agree with the ones who want the possibility to switch back to the previous defaults for proportional / non-proportional transform.
Also the new "feature" auto-commit should have the option to switch back to the previous version: if I am transforming a selection with narrow opaque areas, if I click on it in order to drag it on the canvas, it’s very likely to click on a transparent pixel and to accidentally commit the transformation.
It can be a problem if it was an unfinished complex transformation, as I need to undo it and to start again.
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Another great find - 'opaque areas' during rotation that makes it harder to use now than in previous releases. Forgive Adobe their beta testers went to vacation, all at the same time !
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I agree, this is pure stupidity. Especially when the whole change is added so poorly. You never know which kind of layers does what. Select multiple layers, how will it scale?, vectors, smart objects, fonts, its impossible to get used to how anything behaves. And the amazing thing also is that it change only to a few types of layers, and ONLY in Photoshop. It's either all in or nothing for such a change...I mean who comes up with these ideas? And this was one of the marque features presented at Max 2018. Its not a feature! its just a Keyboard shortcut change for crying out loud, forced upon users! And one single Official response here, which ignores all kinds of arguments laid out and just explains it as new feature, end of discussion...wow...
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Why to release new Photoshop if there is almost no new Photoshop inside? Because people are stupid and they think if something is fresh it's something special so they have to get it!

Adobe killed themselves with this different objects transformation feature. You said something important. If we want to transofrm multiple (different) objects at once how we know should we hold 'shift' or not? Loll the most funniest comedy I was 'watching' ever!
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What is funny are people defending this SHIFT change. We used shift for decades and no one said anything. They change it and suddenly "my finger hurts from pressing shift" I am waiting to see what happens when they change the space bar for the hand tool.
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If you like comedy (well more of drama), you will like this thread about After Effects : https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911311-after-effects/suggestions/33836305-full-program-mult... Adobe doesn't care anymore about pro users. The important thing for them is to drag a lot of newbies with one click/no skills features. So when it comes to important things like multi-threaded video editing apps for their already paying users, they really doesn't care...
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I don't have time for new series, but thank you for recommendation. I see super heroes of the same universe can not any way beat Adobe - that is lately bad character as well - in their parrarel world ;)
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Recall the preview in the former open dialogue. Ultimately, adobe blamed Microsoft, and yet left the preview in other applications. Now of course, they show a whole screen full of files in previously opened documents. Adobe his grown on the backs of its oil users, and simply doesn’t care.
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You also cannot drag a guide from the ruler while in transform. It will confirm the transformation. 


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Please see: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/create-ruler-guides-while-transforming-a-laye... Add your +1/vote on that thread. The workaround is to hold down a modifier.
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Kukurykus

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This is terrible, each day I'm visiting this theard I'm finding new bugs about this changed feature!
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Kukurykus

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Even if you were user for 48 years while Photoshop existed 24 that wouldn't be still enough ;)
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Kukurykus

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Is it normal we have to vote not for new ideas but old ones they were previously realised?
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Kukurykus

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this whole thing has infected the Crop Tool as well

I think I need to write down everything you users find that doesn't work because of this one change. I simply can't remember everything to list it at once.
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Mark Payne

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I can't stand the crop tool now. Never needed grid lines, never needed to dim the background. I use marquis and have a crop command now. By the way, SHIFT constrains the marquis. How about that? LOL
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Now that we seem to have a "fix" for this ridiculousness Adobe has foisted upon us, maybe we can move on and actually get work done. Everyone who's still  complaining I urge you to do the PSUserConfig.txt fix listed below and move on. It fixes the crop tool too. Bonus. What I have NOT seen is any official acknowledgement on Adobe's part that they royally screwed this up. The ONLY thing I've seen from our esteemed product manager is to use a modifier key when pulling guides mid transform. If  I were in charge of the Ps division, whoever was responsible for this mess would have been gone yesterday. But if I were in charge, it never would have happened. 
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I was so confident that Adobe would not ever make a change like this that I developed a method of creating a shadow if a layer like a person that could be quickly adjusted and placed anywhere you wanted. It is fast and beautiful.
I paid over $400.00 to have it made into a Photoshop Script.
It is dependent on being able to move the center point to an appropriate pivot position and use the top-center of the DISTORT box to move it where you want it.
At the time, I didn't make it for sale. I did give it to a few people and now, if I want to sell it or give it away, I need 2 sets of instructions so people that want to use with the new version of Photoshop. Even that would be OK if there had been a good reason for the change.
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Kind a good solution, just do the job with 'PSUserConfig.txt fix' and move on. Probelm is is we will be silent one day they even won't give alternative. But I agree with everything else in your post.
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I paid over $400.00 to have it made into a Photoshop Script.
Photoshop develeopers make their scripts for all releses starting by CS6 EXTENDED. Why if there is subscription letting us upgrade to newest release, so not like in Creative Suite times everyone got different Photoshop still? Because people don't want to have latest 'FREE' version as there is not only new stuff but often old removed or changed the way they don't like anymore.

We talk here of too small amount of money. I assume milion dollars were involved into new Ps that it could look the way as it is now. So why inconvenient for users? Probably because Macintosh paid Adobe huge sum to favour their own devices. It will make high sale of Apple products becuase their iPads(?) will be recognised as best to work with Photoshop.
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To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:

1.     Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).

2. Type the text below in the text file:
TransformProportionalScale 0


3.     Save the file as "PSUserConfig.txt" to your Photoshop settings folder:

·         Windows: [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\

·         macOS: //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/

This was posted by an MVP, but I can’t find the original post.

It works!
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Thanks for sharing this Dennis. I have not done this yet,as cc2019 is so full of other bugs on my iMac that I had to return to using 2018...but I definitely will use this when Adobe gets some of the bugs worked out.
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THANKS for reminding me of ANOTHER nuisance. 

I can't hide that stupid grid without hiding guides.

Best I can do is view the grid lines as dots to make them less distracting, but better if we can simply hide the damn grids by default.
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Kukurykus

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Actually there are five posts in this theard about PSUserConfig.txt, and five more links to Adobe changes. But never too many when this discussion is still growing and new comers can't read it from beginning.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop cc 2019 buggiest version ever.

I have never had a reason to complain about Photoshop but Im wishing I would have kept my 2018 version until  the bugs are worked out. The new command T transform options are not working as advertised, the image size options don't work half of the time, the save options don't work half of the time...as a matter of fact, almost every feature just is not working correctly. One feature or another is freezing up or not working in the middle of every project and is forcing me to restart the application.I honestly don't like the way the updated transform tool works and would like an option to return the tool to its previous form as well. 
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<<Im wishing I would have kept my 2018 version until  the bugs are worked out. >>

You don't have to stick with 2019 if you don't want to. If you uninistalled 2018, open the ACC app, click on the down pointing arrow beside Open, choose Manage, then choose to install 2018. You don't even have to uninstall 2019 to do that. You can have both installed, with 2019 waiting for updates that match your needs.

I always keep the last version installed until I'm satisfied I won't have to return to it to run extensions, plug-ins, workaround bugs, etc.
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Thank you Cristen...I normally keep old versions as well, but never had such trouble with an updated version of Photoshop. I wont make that mistake again!
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Maybe the ONLY thing they got right is that now the upgrade install does not wipe your old versions by default, so unless you uninstalled it, the 2018 version should still be there. This is a huge deal. Can't tell you how many of my clients didn't realize they deleted not only their previous versions but also all of their third party plugins too. The second thing they got right - finally - is that all my previous settings, preferences, F-Key shortcuts - they all came over. This has never happened in the past. But back on 2018 until they get their act together. 
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Yes, the ACC app finally stopped deleting old versions by default. Notice they still didn't remove that "Advanced" section and expose the 2 choices you have under Advanced. Plenty of room to there to stop hiding them. The users who are least likely to be aware of what Advanced is for and think the "default" is as much as they need, are the very ones who need these options exposed the most. I don't know what they think hiding them under Advanced does for anyone.

But finally they learned how destructive it was for unwary users to uninstall by default.

But they hid access to previous versions under "Manage" because "older versions" or "previous versions" or something obvious like that was too confusing or something?  <sigh>
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I back installed to 2018 because of this. I'm curious who is making these requests that is changing features that are muscle memory for power users who've been using Photoshop for 20 plus years with no obvious way to revert the function.

I saw the PSUserConfig.txt file work-around, but I hope, at a minimum, Adobe adds to their preference file a way to undo the "updates" they've made. 

So disappointed. 
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And after so many complaints we still don't know what they plan to do about it!
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My guess is that the "who" that is requesting these, uh, "refinements" is either Adobe themselves.

It has been suggested that this is to make interface consistent across platforms with iPads, iPhones etc, which lack shift keys, but that would leave them with no way to do unconstrained resizing, so if true, it's an even-dumber move.
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By the way, after three weeks of use, auto-select text is also a big pain in the workflow... So here it is, I'm back to 2018. Can't stand this version that drives me mad... And I don't talk about graphic issues... Check those dumb issues... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTILAITOEC4
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I looked at the video and duplicated his file (or think I did). It wasn't easy to see what I might have been doing that he wasn't, but I was unable to get it to replicate like that with everything I tried. It looked like he was just using zoom and pan. Cool "feature," if somewhat awkward in real life use.

I was thinking for a moment I was seeing Illustrator's ability to draw replicating versions of a geometric shape when you hold down the option/alt key as you drag it out.<G> So I was kinda hoping I could make it happen too.  '-}  On a Mac with High Sierra.