Photoshop: path segment reshaping (constrain path dragging)

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The new path segment reshaping feature in the latest Illustrator and Photoshop updates fundamentally changes how I edit curves, FOR THE WORSE. When I drag a path segment now, the point handles defining the curve are no longer constrained to their original orientation/direction, which makes it impossible for me to draw and edit curves the way I have been for decades.

I used to be able to drop points and drag their handles tangent to the curve I wanted to trace, without having to worry about getting the shape exactly right on the first pass. Then I would go back and subtly drag the curves into place without disrupting the direction of the point handles [see included example].

Now when I drag a curve segment, the point handles swing around out of control, without regard for their original orientation. I can’t imagine a scenario where that would be useful for me, particularly when trying to trace existing artwork. Dragging a curve segment also alters the curves attached to either side of the segment I’m editing.

Essentially, editing curves by direct manipulation is now utterly useless for me. I have been using Illustrator since 1988, and Photoshop since it was bundled with the BarneyScan, and this will significantly disrupt my workflow. PLEASE ADD A PREFERENCE SETTING TO DISABLE THIS “FEATURE,” OR ADD A FUNCTION KEY THAT TOGGLES THIS NEW STYLE OF EDITING WITH THE CLASSIC STYLE.

Thanks.
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michael clarke

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Posted 4 years ago

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Chris Cox

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There has been a way to do that ever since it was changed: Just check the "constrain path dragging" checkbox.
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michael clarke

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Awesome, thanks. Now, how about for Illustrator?
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Peter Romero

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I second this request. I create my paths the same way and this new paradigm, while interesting and probably useful for some, breaks my workflow. Would love to see an option to disable it in Illustrator and make the Direct Selection tool behave like it used to.