That's a fair question, and I'll try to answer as best I can. A very long time ago, Photoshop came up with a new tool that I tried, didn't like, and was willing to criticize to any who would listen. But I was asked if I'd give it another try. So I did. I worked on that tool until I figured out how to adjust my use of it, when it worked and when I shouldn't waste my time using it, and when it worked, it worked really well.
You might ask what this has to do with the changes to the Transform tool. No, I don't think I'm going to learn to be "happy" about it. I'm still going to ask they give us a choice as to what method we use for transforming, and that they either make "click to commit" a global preference (including for type), or redesign it so it does require a click on an interface item, and not the document.
However, what I learned from that was that if I worked with something long enough to make it sink into my consciousness and a bit below, I could adapt. And to an extent, that's what I've been doing. I do a lot of compositing, which means I do a LOT of transforming. When I start a lengthy session, I now adjust pretty quickly to the kbsc switch. Less so with click to commit, but after I've screwed up on it a few times, I start to find the "zone" again. Like I said, I'm a trained monkey, but it keeps me going. '-}
It's not when I'm doing a lengthy compositing session that this is a fatal change for me. It's when I leave PS to work in other apps, and am moving back and forth between apps that all handle this different where I find I'm constantly getting it wrong—at least until/unless I'm there long enough I can readjust again.
That's still a pita. So why not just leave 2019 for 2018? Because I'm curious about the new compositing engine. Will I see any measurable difference in the positive if I use it? Because it appeared to be affecting color, I had to go back to the Legacy setting, but they did release a dot update to try to fix that. Because if I (and enough others) make myself use the Frame tool wherever possible, does that mean they'll upgrade it to be better? I do use CAF—most people I know do say there's a definite improvement, and I've noticed one myself. Would using it more often help me to be better aware of just how to improve my success rate with it? I use MirrorMe in Illustrator. I'd like to bring myself to learn better the ins and outs of Symmetry in PS. And I'm working more at length in Illustrator right now, so I haven't had time to fully test these other features in my own workflow.
The transform kbsc switch and the click to commit trip me up often, and they handled it with all the aplomb of the Adobe folk who handled the naming of Lightroom CC to, er, name a different app "Lightroom CC." But it's not fatal in my workflow, if only because when I spend enough time in either AI or PS, I adjust. If my workflow had me constantly back and forth so I never had enough time to adjust my physical actions to the environment I'm in, that wouldn't be true and I probably would go back to 2018, but I tend to spend the minimum of an hour to several hours in just one app. So it's more like using a program in Adobe and a program from another company that does it all differently. IOW, it's a lot like trying to use LR with shortcuts. <BG>
I really do understand how it's a bridge too far for a lot of people's workflows. And if/when it is that for mine, well, I always keep the last version installed, so I can always give up trying to get along with 2019 and just hope 2020 is better. I'm still not close to ready to jump ship on Adobe. I have 3 of Photoshop's competitor apps, and I'm not leaving Photoshop anytime soon.
Here is more information for anyone who has similar issues with PS. Nothing has been resolved for me, I still cannot work efficiently. I have ‘publicly’, here in this forum that I can wait until after the holidays and that includes tomorrow. While using PS today it crashed and I rebooted and loaded PS again. An Adobe pop-up window showed up prompting me for information about the crash. Great, I can share this with someone else and I know for a fact that those pop-up windows (surveys) that show up from time to time are read by someone. I started filling it out and just as I was getting ready to send it, the window disappeared. I don’t know where that window went, I don’t know if those comments will be read. I really hope that Adobe can fix our issues and bugs; maybe include some of the ideas that have been suggested. Good Luck!
For the past TEN YEARS "free transform" has worked by clicking and dragging an edge to pull it out to where you wanted it to go. If you wanted all the edges to move at the same time AKA SCALE the image, you held shift while dragging an edge. SUDDENLY, someone got it into their head to SWITCH these actions so it scales automatically and you have to hold shift to drag just one edge. Why, why, why, why, why, why?!?
PLEASE make an option in the preferences to change it back. Ten years of working fine and you had to go and change the little things that work and completely ruin people's work flow for no obvious reason!
The "new" transform tool is counter-productive. Please revert back to legacy version. This not an improvement to PS. Thank you.
This is what I have learned from the post
1. Very few like the change2. Very few think it should go back to the way it was, but would like the option to choose3. No one knows why they did it or why they did it so half-assed.
This is what I have I done since this update
1. Decided Adobe doesn't care2. Paid for the full Affinity Suite3. Downgraded from an Adobe update for the first time
That's it for me. This seems to to be stalled, I had hoped to hear from Adobe here, but I guess not. I'll be unfollowing this thread, my inbox can't take it, but I am sure we will talk about more in my Linked in and Facebook groups.
Good Luck Everyone.
In the meantime, the workaround is: 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 03. Save the file as "PSUserConfig.txt" to your Photoshop settings folder:
[Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\
//Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/
Seriously ... new update .. constraint not put back the way it was ?????? Seriously ... Adobe .... JUST FIX IT !
In regards to this situation:
We pay a lot of money every year to use this software. We shouldn't have to go writing & moving config files around our system folders.
At the least, this should be a checkbox option somewhere in preferences or in the UI.
That's insane. And I can reproduce this bug anytime... I just have to convert a RVB file to CMYK. Is there a thread about that? Thx.
Literally the stupidest thing Adobe has ever done ... !!!
Scaling in photoshop now makes no logical sense, and what's frustrating is historical it worked. The Photographs I've imported don't keep their proportion, and objects like a block of colour I want to change the dimensions are fixed, why?
Why was this changed?
Nor is the change applied universally within PS itself: vectors still require a SHIFT to constrain proportions.
I can't tell you how many times I've had to redo, adjust, and double-check my work since this pointless change.
For example, yesterday I needed to slightly scale a corporate logo. Due to decades of muscle memory disrupted by this needless update, I uploaded the logo with incorrect proportions. Fortunately I caught the error before my client did!
I teach Photoshop for a living and since the latest update I don’t find it’s made new users ( for which the 2019 features I’m sure were introduced) any wiser about a standard convention when scaling/drawing anything proportionally in PS.
I can see a 2020 new feature in the making !