Photoshop CC 2019: Free Transform/Distort tool inconsistency

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Hello,

using the tool Free Transform (Ctrl+T) in the new version of Photoshop CC 2019 (release 20.0.0) on a Windows 10 64 bit PC, I'm not able anymore to move the handle of a selected area (using the Ctrl button) in a free mode, now I can move it along the vertical or horizontal ax only.



Which setting I have to change in order to have the same behavior of the tool as in Photoshop CC 2018 (release 19)?



Many thanks!!!

Luciano
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This is the side effect of "shift" key behavior change. Now you have to hold "shift" key. I consider this as undesired side effect or was it intended behavior? 
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Many thanks for your help Jaroslav!!!
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the free transform tool no longer allows you to transform freely! it constrains proportions by default, forcing you to depress the shift key. Adobe has once again made their product more cumbersome to use!

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Many thanks for your help John!!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled transform works worse than before..

Since the new 2019 upgrade "distort" in the transform doesn't work well. I cannot anymore pull the sides out with the middle square of each line. I mean I used to be able to pull the image into a different aspect ratio with the square buttons in the middle of each side. now that doesn't work anymore and I can't seem to find a useful alternative..
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As Jaroslav Bereza and John Eudicone suggested to me, now you have to press crtl+shift buttons (on windows) in order to transform a selection freely.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I have abandoned the latest update!.

There is something seriously wrong with Distort in the latest version and I do not have the time to find a workaround. What a shame and it was working so well!
Looking at all the reported problems, makes you wonder if Adobe bothered to check anything on this latest update.
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As Jaroslav Bereza and John Eudicone suggested to me, now you have to press crtl+shift buttons (on windows) in order to transform a selection freely.
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I wish when installing a new release they would leave the last release in the programs folder so you have the option to go back to the version that worked properly. Another issue I found is when I did a resize and canvas extend it moved  elements out of place. I lost hours of work and had to make apologies to clients on tight deadlines. Not cool.
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If you have the Creative Cloud you can install previous releases of Photoshop:

-select the program, "Manage", "Others versions" then choose the version you like


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Dear Adobe... I figured out how to fix your transform tool problem... I UNINSTALLED Photoshop CC 2019!  I'm now using PS 2018 and all works fine!  Please pass this on to the idiots who made this change.
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You may have to go back a few pages... there is an easy fix for this, and it works fine after that.
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Hi Mark... thanks for your suggestion.  It's just that I pay over $50 per month and really shouldn't have to fix the the new releases.  It's like these "improvements" are made by kids who don't sit at a desk 5 days a week having to use the program to get work out.  Anyway, thanks again!
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Basically there's nothing so fantastic about CC 2019 that wasn't part of CC 2018 you had to miss it. So be happy - there is over a year till next release ;) Maybe then they'll workout something better ;)
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That's true! Changes made to new Photoshop are not meant for experienced users, but for fun use!
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I've also gone back to PS2018. I don't think this behaviour from Adobe should be accepted. It's just very poor decisdion making
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That was my solution as well!
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Reversing what holding SHIFT does while transforming is a laughably terrible idea, but nobody is surprised that the Photoshop team green-lighted this change if they're aware of Photoshop's changelog over the past decade.

in addition:
The "reference point" is also hidden by default now. Even if you alt click, while transforming, to set a different point of rotation, you CANNOT see it even though you've moved it LOL. You don't know for sure if you've moved it or not until you continue to scale/rotate.
You have to click a new checkbox in prefs in order to make it visible again.

Laughing and crying in tandem.
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DEAR Adobe, please READ our comments!
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They do. Because some similar topics were merged into this one. Only Adobe can do that.
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That's right, but that was irony. By reading I meant hearing us. I used read as it's dear palindrome.
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Oh, hold the phone!

There's a transform reference point toggle button in the top toolbar, available while transforming:




I tested it. It is in fact linked to the toggle in prefs:

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My suggested behavior is the same as before.
1) Keep proportions would be on by default
2) Click on chain icon in the toolbar will change it and it will turn it on/off and this will be used as a default for all other transformations.
3) It shouldn't affect free transform

So new users will have user-friendly behavior and the addicted users could this turn off in 5 seconds and keep it that way forever.
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"What did you say he didn't like last time?"

What do you mean, Kukurykus? Are you referring to something I said in another thread somewhere? If so - not quite sure.

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That, or Chris Cox is trying to make me go (more) insane.
I refered to that sentence. I have no idea what happened in past between you ;)
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Oh My God i regret joining endless crap in my emails now
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Moving corners of smart object seems to be snapping when using transform distort,....

For years I have been able to draw a rectangle, convert it to a smart object, then use Transform Distort and drag the corners smoothly to the precise place I need them. After updating to the 2019 Photoshop, I go through the same process of creating a smart object from a rectangle, but when I try to use Transform Distort and move the corners, they jump around like they are snapping to something and I can never get them even close to the place I need them—even though snapping is turned off.

However, the Transform Distort works smoothly as expected to the rectangle BEFORE I convert it to a smart object. But AFTER it is a smart object, it doesn't work correctly.
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Solution: Holding shift down works with distorting smart objects as it did in the 2018 version. Thank you for the tip!
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I have the same bug (along with many others). I finally had to return to cc2018. The update is just not worth the headache and added time it takes to get a project completed
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The Place command seems to have similar issues. I'm still trying to get used to it. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 2019: Transform inconsistencies are confusing.

The new uniform scale by default is nice, but its very hard to get used to when the program is full of inconsistency. Like transform bitmap is uniform, transform shape you need to hold ctrl+shift for it to scale the same way. Same goes for text, which is uniform, but smart objects are not....why?!? So currently it only makes things a lot more confusing than it being a change for the better.
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The smart objects one is a bug caused by a corrupted prefs files. Everything but vectors are supposed to constrain, but either during the install or Ps being put in the background while transform is active, causes the corruption. You can fix temporarily by doing a pref reset, but it'll eventually happen again
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Maybe this would be a solution?
  1. Cmd/Ctrl + T
  2. Drag from any side to scale proportionally (that’s it)
  3. No modifier keys required. Just re-size.
  4. To Commit Changes: press checkmark, press return, or click anywhere outside of bounding box
  5. The Big Change in Free Transform is that you no longer need to use the Shift Key. You just drag. Using the Shift key will distort the image now.
From: https://medium.com/@mikemurphyco/259-free-transform-photoshop-cc-2019-a309445af581

Hope it helped?
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I too think is a terrible idea to have to hold shift to 'free transform' what's the point? is it a free transform tool or not?
15 years of PS use and having to change habits is confusing, lost productivity time would say

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Yes - they still would earn money keeping distinct versions (just other way configured user settings that costs nothing) but when we see there's no any logic in their doings there's most possibly some uprising theory comes true. What could made them to follow this way? When you read what people say we all can agree that's nonsense. Woud so huge company be so unresonable to not simply say so stupid? In my opinion they know what they do, otherwise they would have passed long time ago. There had to be some unofficial agreement between magnates where one had no interest desktop users were stopping inculcation of their well-thought world market domination plan.
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Can you imagine the amount of changes to the software if they actively try to force iPad user workflow into a desktop app?

What's next, we need to use 2 mouses or pens to replicate 2 finger gestures?

Also - it's not happening anytime soon. Large companies are not overhauling their investment in desktop PCs/Macs retraining entire employee base, restructuring IT depts, changing email systems, networks, etc. At my work, we are still on Win 7 for a reason. It's too much of an overhaul for too many complex systems, and not worth the cost.

This would not be the time to meld iPad features and workflow into desktop Photoshop. It would be way better for them to develop them seperately and refine each program specifically for it's user base.
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You are lucky Windows 7 is still supported for 32 bits Ps, but as you may read many others not:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/upcoming-changes-to-digital-imaging-os-suppor...
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To the list of that is transformation in other post - however I'm not sure now (un)affected by new way of doing it - I should also add 'Selection' and 'Cropping'.
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To the list of that is transformation in other post - however I'm not sure now (un)affected by new way of doing it - I should also add 'Selection' and 'Cropping'.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Transform Controls Bug.

I place a vector logo onto my document. When I click one of the transform controls (top right corner in this case) the logo instantly is stretched when it goes into "transform mode." VERY frustrating.
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I'm not sure this problem is related to that original poster stated...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New constrain proportions doesn't always work..

In the new version of photoshop you hold shift to not constrain the proportions however the feature doesn't always work. Sometimes transform works like it use to and other times it works the new way. Needs to be fixed to be one way or the other, not both and having to guess if I need to hold shift or not this time.
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Why in world would Adobe make a change to the functionality that has been in use for 15+ years??? WTF Adobe? Do you care at all about professionals who have used your app since the inception of Photoshop? It makes no effing sense to switch the shift key from constraining proportions to non-constraining, unless you're doing it just to confuse your users. Who is in charge of these idiotic decisions that serve no purpose other than pissing people off?
Wake the F up and pay attention to your user base instead of putting all your resources into creating tons of new apps that nobody cares about!
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Accordingly to last change that would be enough bad they changed (without asking us) Ctrl-S with Ctrl-Shift-S, and all other shortcuts that Shift does additional work. btw to be honest I wouldn't like change about Save but when I'm thinking of it now I use Ctrl-Shift-S more often than simply Ctrl-S, so following them we can expect they are gong to make our life 'easier' also about this shortcut :)
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Next thing you know, they will make you hold shift to paint freeform. The default behavior will be to paint in straight lines only.

This is by far the most ridiculous change on software history.
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The stupiest thing is they force us which shortcuts we have to use while leaving many of other ones still configurable. Why not all? The real step forward would be to let use any combinations of keys the way we want. Now they are too limited! Why Adobe doesn't focus on improvements and bug fixing only, but divide us into 2 groups of users where one must prove their preferences. It's like saying to Windows users to purchase Apple or vice versa. They play cruelly on our emotions :(
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Exactly! If Adobe is going to change basic UI and UX that has been in place for years, then they should provide preferences that allow long time professional users (or anyone) to configure the app they way they want, or at least provide a "legacy" option like they do for their New Document window. 

Does anyone from Adobe actually read these posts before or after updating their apps?
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They read just for relax after hard day of work. Thinking of that what's unthinkable must be tough!
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Who's bright idea was it to change BASIC keyboard shortcuts??? Please Adobe, please for the love of god, DO NOT change shortcuts and buttons that have been a apart of your software for decades. Holding SHIFT while scaling an image has ALWAYS scaled the image without messing with the proportions. UNDO was ALWAYS CTRL+Z and Step Backwards was ALWAYS CTRL+ALT+Z. I immediately downgraded.....
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They had no idea for new features so to explain a need of another release they changed that is fundamentaly unchengebale, while that was so huge change that new Photoshop became really like other program to learn that many of us gave up to downgrade to previous trusted version :/
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 20.0 – Free Transform Bug.

In
the newest PS version (20.0), all shortcuts in Free Transform Tool doesn’t work
as they should and always worked. No mention about any changes here in New
Features, so it is an evident bug. I had to downgrade to a previous version to
be able to work at all.
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Incorrect; new transform behavior is listed here: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html#user-experience-improvements    under the "Transform proportionally by default" heading.