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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Clayton King

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
With the 20.0.5 update, there is now a user facing preference under Preferences > General... and check "Use Legacy Free Transform"

Use this preference instead of the PSUserConfig.txt method.
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Anthony Edge

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Do we need to remove the old PSUserConfig.txt entry after this release is installed? Or perhaps will it be used to define this checkbox initially and then redundant?
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Anthony Edge

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Holi cow.
Just installed update.
My Photoshop now ignores my PSUserConfig.txt entry AND the "Use Legacy Free Transform" box is unticked.
This update has reverted my SHIFT-to-Constrain settings AGAIN!
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Jeffrey, the team at Adobe really need to do a better job notifying customers of changes like this.

We expect better than to have to exit the software we pay to use, to search online for answers.

We should not need to look into patch notes or forum posts to find out why one of the single most-used tools in all of Photoshop has changed behaviour after 15+ years.

Adobe's rinky-dink approach to customer experience is tiresome.
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Jeffrey, this is not good enough. It's been many months since the free transform fiasco began, and you still haven't addressed one of the most glaring (and oft-complained about) problems: inconsistent transform behaviour between layer types. If you're going to ill-advisedly fool around with the default free transform behaviour then so be it, but for God's sake, finish the job!

With "Use Legacy Free Transform" unchecked, shift constrains vector layers, while it unconstrains raster, smart object, and text layers. Not to mention that Photoshop's default behaviour is now largely contrary to the behaviour in Illustrator, After Effects etc. This is poor interface design no matter how you slice it.

It adds insult to injury to refer to the previous (sensible, consistent) behaviour as "legacy" when the new feature remains unfinished, inconsistent and illogical. At the very least, the new behaviour should be called "beta" or "experimental" (and turned off by default) until you finally finish implementing it. 

I'm sure it's very tempting to write off the deluge of criticism you've received over this issue as just being the white noise of the angry internet masses. But honestly, Adobe dropped the ball on this one, and made some objectively and glaringly obvious poor decisions, the solutions to which are likewise glaringly obvious. 

Spending 8 months to add a legacy checkbox smacks of 'throw the complainers a bone to shut them up'. It signals that whoever's in charge of things over there hasn't actually listened to the customers, or genuinely comprehended what Adobe's mistakes were.
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Anthony Edge

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"Use Legacy Free Transform" ??? This is the language you use?
Why not make it mean something?
"Use SHIFT to constrain Free Transform" would have made sense.
Of course, it would have made sense to include this from day one and had it checked by default. Then if anyone wanted to change the way their application worked, they could try un-ticking it!

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Anthony Edge

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After 20.0.5 the constrain behaviour does not work on the mid-point handles.
How long has the ability to move the scale centre point been missing? That's a big omission IMHO. Especially when I want to constrained-scale from an edge centre point.
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Anthony Edge

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Found a new "Show Reference Point" tick-box in the Options window/palette!
I guess this was another newer addition that came disabled...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Simpel - Bring back Proportional scale in Photoshop - lets get some votes here!!!....

Bring back Proportional scale in Photoshop.

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Just press Ctrl+T(Windows) / Command+T(Mac-Os)
then right click and select Distort.