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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Dislike two things in the new PS 2019. Text and the Transform tool..

The text tool opens text box with text aligned to the left. Now I have to waste time changing it all the time. And it defaults to a size I don't use and more time is wasted correcting that.

When using the transform tool it will free transform. but now it keeps proportion, In the past one had to keep the shift key down for maintaining proportion, now it free transforms when holding the shift key down. Please dont change the way these tools function.
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Deon Harris presented 2 problems, where the second was about Transformation so why that has been decided to merge his topic to this one. What about first problem he mentioned that is not related to this theard? Shouldn't you leave his topic untouched?
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Text in Photoshop is a joke in the first place.
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laden m

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uninstalled cc2019, went back to cc2018. waiting for updates:(
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As did I. There seems to be no other choice.
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You mean that what laden m said? Hard to not vote for that ;)
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Scott Souchock

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Yup, I finally rolled back to 2018. Photoshop, InDesign, Bridge...all 2019 is crap. And then there's that Adobe Blue Pimple in Acrobat DC that they call "Share"... Adobe needs a dermatologist, stat.
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Did any of you guys who went back to CC2018 actually try the fix that's been posted here multiple times? It really does work and fixes not only FT, but Crop as well. Who knows if Adobe will ever admit they screwed up and fix this, and at a certain point, older versions will just not work on newer OS's.
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I reverted to 2018 

I would be happy to try the fix AFTER it is integrated into 2019 and the otehr bugs are fixed and when 2019 vis actually ready for release.

Which i assume will probably be some time in 2020.
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Sign up for Ps special  'optimistic' edition on the dedicated subpage of imagination community ;)
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The only reason I loaded PS 2019 in the first place was on Adobe's advice to fix a glitch. Instead of fixing the glitch, it just made things worse by disrupting my workflow and creating "version" issues between two concurrent versions.

They ended up remotely fixing a corrupt prefs file, then after remotely deleting the 2019 train-wreck, had to tweak my iMac so I could open and edit recent files in 2018.

Bad experience across-the-board, made me miss a deadline with the Robinson helicopters project. Thanks in part to CC 2019, I've probably lost that client.
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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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I suggest try this in cc2019. It takes all of 4 minutes, and you will forget all about it. 

However, the guide thing in transform, if you use that, it's kinda difficult.

I always have to rotate and have to use guides to align objects. This slows me down a lot. You have to scroll the image so that it's close to the ruler, then drag the ruler in. If you are too far away, that's when rulers don't work.
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At first I was annoyed by this feature. As many have reported, we are so very used to holding down the shift key. But I also believe change is important and am trying to embrace this new functionality. In a way, I see the logic — if the assumption is that the most common desire is for a proportional scale, then do that without requiring a modifier key. I do have one concern however, you still need to hold down shift to constrain proportions when making a shape or marquee selection. So now some part of my brain has to do more thinking about whether I am scaling something or drawing a shape or selection! I don't believe there is a perfect solution, but just wanted to share my 2¢.
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Yes but do it properly: consult, announce, make it consistent (as you point out) and change all apps in the suite.

Inconstancies between apps in the suite are sloppy, widening, unnecessary, avoidable and increasingly frustrating.
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Perfect solution was provided with each earlier version. Problem is even not that's not consistent, but sometimes they give you no choise, or force you to some new preferences changes to change them back you must use some workaround (if possible).
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 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.
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I've got feeling they are lazy and don't have what to do with money. So they start stupid projects to show they do anything to fill the gap and keep rest of money safe. Then they fix bugs - so change back that they screwed up to show they work (while their management deserved to be paid!)
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I'm with Jesse - I'm game to learn new habits - it slows me down but isn't world shattering. I like that there's now a default proportional scale, however, using shift as the "unconstrain" key is a confusing choice. Should've made it the command or control key instead. AND us "old hands" should have an option of  choosing what key we use to constrain/unconstrain transformations. I hope Adobe will give us an option in the future that allows us to choose the unconstrain key or a check box to go back to legacy transform properties that doesn't require us to write and load scripts.
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100% agree: change is inevitable, necessary, and sometimes good. But in a product like this, when you change a core behavior that people rely upon you REALLY need to give an easy way to set the "make it work like before" preference, not force them to create a config file...
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Experienced company with hundred of million dollars revenue can't take care of something so tiny!
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They could if they cared, even a little but all they really care about is locking you in to their monthly subscription. And since the employees are so locked into the b.s. of the company line, they will rarely if ever be involved in corporate self-criticism.
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jfc, just make the text file and drop it in your preferences folder and be done with it. It works. It takes two minutes and you can stop waiting for Adobe to fix something. If they do, great. If they don't, you already have. 
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So how does this text file address all the other broken stuff in cc2019?

The only way to fix cc2019 is to ignore it even exists and dump that garbage for 2018.

Multiple undos ? big deal, it already exists in 2018.
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Please fix this Adobe. It is maddening. It should be optional. You have thousands of designers pulling their hair out because of a reversal of a standard that exists EVERYWHERE and you aren't even consistent in changing it across your applications. Please put it back and make it optional to turn on rather than require knowledge of coding and digging through preference files to figure out how to revert. That is ridiculous.
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Inconsistency, inconsistency, inconsistency

* Transform: Illustrator Indesign Photoshop, not the same.
* I wonder. What happens if you transform a pixel shape and a vector shape simultaneously. My brain has to do a lot of extra work while transforming different type of shapes.
* 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.

I've got a complete team of frustrating designers struggeling en getting slowed down in there workflow.

Facepalm...

FIX THIS ALLREADY!
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Now we know that noone has to admit - they use us to test their products for free.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled If I do this will all the related problems also go away?.

If I do this to the 2019 update, will all the other related problems go away?

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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That topic shouldn't be merged to this one, as that was clear information for newcomers who wanted quick answer for new transfomration problem.

That had to stay apart intentionally as searching for the exact solution in topics like this one users would get lost in too long theard, that made them to post the same question again and again.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Would like to revert to 2018 cropping behavior.

The bright minds at Adobe have reversed the functioning of the shift key as a modifier for the crop tool, so that instead of making it a fixed ratio, it makes it free-form. I crop far more often using free-form rather than fixed ratio, so for me this increases time needed for making what used to be simple adjustments. I have used Photoshop since the mid-1990s and I see no reason for this change. Please allow me to revert to the 2018 cropping, much as you allow Classic Mode other functions.

All other Adobe products use shift to set not free the proportions. This is a break with standards that have been in place for decades, and I don't see a good reason for it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Resize text not working (Mac/Mojave).

In prior releases, you could resize text with the SHIFT key pressed to keep the aspect ratio correct.   As of Photoshop CC 2019, this feature is broken and no longer working.   I depend on this feature for aspect correctedness. 

Can someone explain why this feature was removed or if this was an oversight?
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Just saw this email ---- November 2018 (version 20.0.1) release
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/fixed-issues.html

They said they fixed some bugs... whos willing to try ?
Not Me. I am sticking with 2018 until I hear better news.
Happy camper with v19.1.0

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Still nothing done about transformation behaviour, or at least giving simple option to en/disable it.
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TangCanada Me too!

I'm not using v20 until it's completely fixed and until I see happy, satisfied comments about the new version.

I'm happy using v19. I can't trust the new version.
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I had the same about CC 2018, that I only kept installed but still used CS6 EXTENDED. I was saying like you I won't start to use it until they fix bugs I met and reported. What happened? They didn't sort them out at all, though I have been told they do it in next update, then future one and so on :/

Now they released CC 2019 where those bugs are still part of, while we experience many of another ones! Then we have first update they fix current bugs but still forgeting in first instance to do something with earlier ones :/

So neither I can use CC 2018 nor CC 2019, and even if bugs I'm saying they cared of finally for CC 2019, I could not use it again since how valuable would it be without bugs I waited to be fixed if new ones got introduced while new 'so-called features' disrupt my usual work.

We are now in most popular topic refered to current release, but after a month that they do is ignoring that fact by fixing less expected bugs to be sorted out!
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I think it's time we start a letter writing (old school will be more effective) to the the Adobe Board of Directors: https://www.adobe.com/about-adobe/leaders/board-directors.html. I would ask that current top three levels of Adobe "leadership" be fired. We need to become activists and let the company know our displeasure as customers. I'm suspecting that Adobe may be monitoring this conversation and that they're just waiting for the smoke to blow over so they can continue on as they always have. If we want change we must be relentless in communicating our needs and desires. We are paying customers: Adobe exists because of us. Yes, I know this is much easier said than done, but if not now, when?

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We are like ants that humans beyond our world can't understand their needs. They try to "help" by bulding tunels, bridges and everything our community could grow up but since they can not live in our bodies - everything they do is more about what they guess that is better for us. Other bad side of it is we are during neverending experiment closed by its hermetic frames with no chance to say understable word. When a group by chance will get out they made enhacements to detain us and prevent from another escaping attempt. When they are getting bored or think we can't feel good with stagnancy we have to adapt to new challenges by stepping backward and start over that we were satisfied with. In worst case they make fun observation how we behave when they ruin our well built constructions.
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Can someone tell me if the Constrain Button on the toolbar in PS cc 20.0.1 is fixed with the update?
I won't be installing the new version until all the bugs have been fixed.

Cheers!
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I had 20.0.1 till now. When I wanted to check that you ask and launched Ps it made my computer got stuck. That was happening from the day I installed version 20. Once - few times a day. Now to be sure whether that is real cause I uninstalled it and finally all is okey! I do not know why noone reported it, but my computer doesn't accept latest Ps even when I don't use it, since from time to time in random situations entire system is getting frozen.
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Are you by any chance using an old OS?

PS 2019 is a train wreck, but it never locked my iMac up.
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I use the latest update for Windows 10. I have also installed that day CS6 again. I don't know maybe having these two versions at same time make a problem, but so far with previous releases both of them didn't affect conflict. That's the only suspiction as I couldn't determine the cause of this more than preprexling behaviour. So maybe sole Ps 20 (with/out update) causes the freezing problem.
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This is a huge mistake. Thoughtless, careless, and borderline offensive. We rely on a stable system, and you can't just go reversing behaviors for no damn reason. You might as well start switching up the tool hotkeys. Make (e) select the brush and (b) select the eraser. Why not make cmd+w open a new window? You're not solving a problem, you're just making things confusing and breaking the flow that every advanced user has built over years of working. Please change things back and stop trying to "fix" things that aren't broken.
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Adobe,
Please read what you're users are saying about your Transform Tool changes:
https://forums.adobe.com/message/10682827

These changes have made the user experience much worse. There have been several updates to Photoshop, but no address of how to make the changes optional in Preferences. How long will it take you to respond to the issues you've caused many of your users?

We appreciate the new features, but PLEASE do not mess with your core functionality. People use this software for their living!
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One polite observation to start and finish this discussion. I hope someone prominent will read it ;)
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One can only wish!
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Reposting this to this thread from above:


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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I don't disagree that this gets the functionality back.  But we shouldn't need a hack to fix this.  And how long will this "fix" work?  Will we have to wait for an MVP to publish another workaround with the next release?  Or the one after that?
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This is from the actual Photoshop what's new site: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html. But your point stands: we should be able to opt out of any new interface or functionality enhancements that have no reason for being there except some coder woke up on the wrong side of bed one morning.

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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.

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

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Lisa, I do hope that Adobe respect you enough to reply.
That would be refreshing!
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You are godsent!
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The most annoying thing is that it isn't consistent. On shape layers it does still work the old way. At least make everything the same. Now transforming a shape needs shift, transforming an image doesn't. Different key commands, for essentially the same action? That's just really confusing.
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As I was just watching a photographer's video who was raving about this change I was struck with this additional observation: It's call the Free Transform tool NOT the scale tool. So the original behavior made more sense because it was Free Transforming. If it was called the Scale Transform or simply the scale tool, then, well, I might expect it to act proportionally. So in essence the engineers and managers at Adobe in their infinite poor wisdom on this decision, have screwed up the very definition of what the tool is all about. Scaling proportionally has it's place but in my world non-proportional scaling is more my need as I'm doing photo illustration and compositing in an architectural environment. And as anyone knows walls are not built plumb and square and very, very rarely do we have a straight on view that would allow proportional scaling. And once again this should be a user-settable preference on how the tool works and not through some text file preferences setting "hack".
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Very well said. Click Me-Too as most of us did ;)
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FREE TRANSFORM.
THAT was my grievance in the first place, and I wasn't happy that Adobe talked me into letting them "upgrade" to 2019 as a "bug fix". 

Cost me a deadline and a client!

And several hours scrubbing that 2019 turd off my Mac and tweaking preferences so I could open the damn files in 2018.

NOW, I'm reluctant to try the new version of Illustrator because I don't know what they might have screwed-up.
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@ Scott Souchock
Pls dont give them any bright ideas they may just change the name to "Scale Transform" and keep this backward idiocy they call a "New and Enhanced Feature"

We want this nonsensical change gone forever never to come back period.

The people who make a living with this software wont be using the mobile version so it doesnt make sense to burden us with this childish nonsense.
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"Pls dont give them any bright ideas they may just change the name to 'Scale Transform' and keep this backward idiocy they call a 'New and Enhanced Feature'"

Well, if they do that, we should immediately request they add a Free Transform feature like they had in previous versions.
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Tried photoshop 2019 - scaling behaviour broken - deleted & rolled back to 2018. It wasn't broken, Adobe - why did you break it? People who know this tool to the point of not having to think about it now have to think about it, thus impinging on their productivity - did you consider that?
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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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Maybe we should all go on every forum we can find and every youtube channel that teaches photoshop and lightroom and spread the word of the horrible program it has become. More and more I am using ACDSee as an alternative to both photoshop and lightroom. I still have CS6 running like a boss here and CS5 32 bit for some plugins I need.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled TRANSFORM stupid changes for no reason after 20 years.

No sense what so ever on the new transform, just plain retarded after 20 years do they ever ask users what they think, just read the post WTF
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And the constrain "feature" is not consistent with all tools. I notice when I paste a new object as pixels, I actually must use the Shift key to constrain the transformation before clicking Enter to complete the execution. But if I try to size an existing object, Shift key does NOT constrain the transformation. 
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If you wanted to introduce this type of behaviour it should be natively configurable (without any .txt file workarounds).

My thoughts are, you have a toolbar with all the dimensions and scale options, can't the link symbol button for proportional scaling be the link to controlling this behaviour. When pressed the default is to scale proportionally, if it is unchecked, an object is unconstrained when adjusted. 

In both scenarios, the shift key acts as the modifier to switch the behaviour, so when the constrain proportions button is enabled, the shift key overrides the behaviour to one of unconstrained and vice versa. At the same time you could look into enabling the linkage of the 'Toggle reference point' button in the same toolbar, which appears to not currently be referenced when scaling.

If that doesn't appeal, then just give us the option in the preferences to override this behaviour, and as other suggest, make it consistent so once this is also applied to shape creation etc. the setting overrides this globally.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Transform tool is ruined.

Have been a photoshop user since Ver 3.5 - am very frustrated with the most recent update - and not sure where to send a complaint or request - the transform tool was changed - while some features of it are good and will take time to get used to - you can no longer grab corners and move them where you want - they snap to some grid but I cannot seem to find a way around this - VERY frustrating - and why is this not still do-able??? I am a professional real estate photographer and used this tool OFTEN - now I cannot - I've wasted hours trying to work around this - not at ALL pleased and hope that adobe reinstates the ability to drag from the corners - and no - it does not work by holding shift or command - it snaps every which way but the way you need it to - How do I get this to work the way it did before this update of 2019??  I NEED this ability - this is maddening
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<you can no longer grab corners and move them where you want - they snap to some grid but I cannot seem to find a way around this>

Have you looked in the View menu to see if Snap and Snap To are on? They are by default, so could have been turned back on when you updated. I'm not seeing any snapping when I transform, but it does return whenever your preferences get trashed.



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This is really bad. And it doesn't make sense, since in illustrator it still is the old way. 

Scaling proportionally is ok, I can deal with that, but when you are wanting to use skew in complex ways but the controls are all different it gets really confusing super fast. Really breaks my workflow. Terrible. 

Please give us the option to use legacy like you did with the Undo key change.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please put back the shift key for resizing while maintaining proportions.

I didn't realize people have gotten that lazy in the last 20 years. I've been using photoshop since 1998, and holding down shift to resize while maintaining proportions was NEVER an issue. This absolutely SUCKS right now. It is slowing down my work flow, and it is beyond annoying. I don't know who has issues holding down a key, but PLEASE put it back.