Photoshop: Get rid of the obligation to confirm a transform

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I use Photoshop daily at work, and often on my own time. I have never once found the obligation to hit Return to confirm my transform to be at all helpful. It is a major time waster, and so annoying that I have been looking for alternate programs. I move images around and composite so frequently that this extra step is a constant annoyance. Hello! There is a history panel for undo, why the heck do I need one tool that constantly second guesses my intentional moves. If you want a tool for novices put this function in that, but this is a major annoyance for experiences users. Get rid of it, or at least make it optional. PLEASE!!!
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Anne Sell

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  • Annoyed to the point of switching programs

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Todd Shaner, Champion

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You can also double-click (or double tap) inside the transform selection to commit it.
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Anne Sell

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Thank you! That does help.
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Rob Rippengale

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It has often anoyed me too, but I think I just realized the purpose. This final commit keeps the history panel from recording every single little adjustment. I might adjust the width, height and rotation of an object multiple times to get it just right, maybe a dozen or more adjustments sometimes, and then I click checkmark to say that's it. Now in the history panel I have added only one step, so it's easy to undo and get back to the object as it was before the transform. If every little adjustment was recorded, the history panel could get cluttered with trivia, and lose important earlier steps prematurely.

Thanks for bringing this up. The usefulness of commit the transform has puzzled me many times.
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It's not the history, it's the transform itself. If there was no confirm, each transformation would be applied immediately (and destructively unless you transform a vector or a smart object). Imagine what this would do for the image quality if you transformed too much, and then corrected this.