Miscellanous major UI Complaints

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So, Photoshop CC 2019 came out and finally solved the inconsistency of Ctrl+Alt+Z to undo multiple times, brought better support for thumb wheel scrolling, ...

But it brought new inconsistencies and incomprehensible UI changes with it :

- Resizing shouldn't be proportional by default, pressing Shift should do that, as it does in Illustrator. Shift is used to add constraints in rotation, why in the world would it remove a constraint for resizing? That just makes no sense.
- Clicking outside of the element you're resizing should ABSOLUTELY NOT commit the change, it's something you'll do by mistake to out of three times and forces you to redo what you just did.
- Resizing using the fileds at the top of the interface should not be proportional by default, or at least not reset itself to proportional every time you resize something
- The settings window is still as terrible, especially when it comes to GPU management (but that's true of the whole CC family to be honest)
- Tools like Liquify should allow you to preview what you're doing with the other layers enabled or disabled
- Some tools still have weird scrolling and zooming mechanics, this problem dates back all the way to CS and don't seem that complicated to fix

All in all, this "update" feels a lot like a huge downgrade from something that was pretty functional and efficient to something filled with inconsistency and insensitive UI details. The whole UI needs some modernity, like automatic DPI adjustment, transparent integration of the tools that inexplicably need their own window to run and so on. This is expensive software and the competition is getting better, so I think it would be time for a serious revamp.

TL;DR : The UI is pretty whack at this point, it detracts from the huge amount of legitimately smart and useful tools Photoshop has to offer.
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Warren Heaton

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Gubthier, you bring up some interesting points.


If the Photoshop team were to change the UI, do you feel it should maintain the consistency that it has with Illustrator and InDesign or should it go in its own direction?
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Gauthier Abel

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Keep consistency, definitely. This consistency is a big part of what makes Creative Cloud compelling in this market, which makes it even more baffling that they've unified the undo commands and completely randomized some other very important stuff.

Photoshop needs to be more unified, the separate interfaces for some of the different tools could totally be reduced to a tool/panel pair just like the "normal" tools. For example, there's no reason why Liquify and Filter Gallery couldn't use the normal UI space. Filter gallery could be made into a simple layers-like panel and change depending on the currently selected layer, much like Illustrator handles the FX.

I might be wrong in some things, but what's certain is that some parts of our beloved Photoshop are getting old. The price point is becoming quite hard to justify in my eyes, especially when some competitors benefit from some new modern technologies and programming techniques, whereas PS is lagging behing in terms of performance...
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If your livelihood depends on software, you don’t want that software to lose features or to change fwatures too significantly. Case in point, anyone who made a living with Final Cut Studio was largely left out to dey when Apple rolled out Final Cut Pro X. Avid Media Composer, on the other hand, looks and feels today more or leas like it did twenty years ago (for better or worse).
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I don't understand the concept of releasing new Photoshops each year, especialy now when subscription exists. When there was still Creative Suite we had to be encouraged to purchase newer product, but now we have that for 'FREE' ie. we pay generally for Creative Cloud, but as far we do there is no preasure for regular releases, moreover it let change importance for polishing uncoming product, even if that had take twice more time than now it does. Everything shows there is no other solution as previous and current Photoshop are issued just to add another number to version item and list of features, that because of no time for tests it seems are implemented for the last moment!

If Adobe was right to their users then for ex. beside new features we colud check on their sites we had also all initial bugs introduced with them. This way we would see that most of that they created for new version is buggy, so the magnificence of new features are simply nicely provided when you read their description while their value when you look closer is an poor attempt to make something often not so great, but still in too short period. Few months more for only tests would decrease percent of bugs to minimum. Just look at Wikipedia where you find features of another Photoshop's. If you put next to them lists of bugs you would realise lame management decisions that in other company would be normally fired: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_version_history


If somone stores all bugs found right after releasing new version and posted them on official site maybe then Adobe would see on their own the scale of the problem they should do something with!
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word.