Photoshop: Make alt/option-dragging rectangles (crop, transform, shape, etc.) work like Lightroom's crop tool

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I appreciate that holding down the option/alt key while dragging a transform bounding box (or the crop tool, or any other "transformable rectangle") works to mirror the transformation on the opposite control handle. It's a real time saver and much easier to use than describe.

However, Lightroom's crop tool brought a slightly tweaked implementation that adds functionality without taking much away. The transformation centered at the anchor point only stays proportional while the alt/option key is being pressed - let go and the transform continues, but without mirroring new mouse movements on the opposite control handle. In Photoshop, if you release alt/option in the middle of dragging, the proportional behavior just "shuts off" and prior proportional adjustments revert to what would have resulted from not pressing the key at all.

I've had to stop drinking coffee for a few days, and I'm afraid my sense-maker is broken. If anyone can translate this into a more easily understandable jargon, I'd be much obliged. It's the simplest thing, until you try to describe it non-visually.
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