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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Jaroslav Bereza

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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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LUCIANO CERETTI VENERUCCI

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Many thanks for your help Jaroslav!!!
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John Eudicone

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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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LUCIANO CERETTI VENERUCCI

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Many thanks for your help John!!!
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Vicki

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I got so sick of things being so different, such as free transform, I have been using 2018 
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Dennis Nisbet

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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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Vicki

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Why make it worse.  I would like to go back to PScc2018 
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Nolan Conley

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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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I'm like you... have been using PS since V3.  I've uninstalled PS2019 and just keep using PS2018 until someone at Adobe grows some common sense and this nightmare is fixed.
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Update... I have fixed the problem with an Adobe Chat tech.  Here is the conversation and the fix.  Do this exactly and PS2019 will transform like PS2018 did.  I know it's a pain but it gets the job done.

Shall I guide you with the steps so that you can perform them on your computer?
ok
Anusha
Please close the Photoshop application.
done

To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:


1.       Use Notepad (Windows) to create a plain text file (.txt).
2.       Type the text below in the text file:
TransformProportionalScale 0
3.       Save the file as "PSUserConfig.txt" to your Photoshop settings folder:
 Windows: [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\
Please open the Photoshop application and check.
inprocess

Okay, please let me know if you face any issue.
opening photoshop now

Okay, please check the application now.
That worked.

That is great. The features are still the same in Photoshop 2019 version. just requires some steps to be performed.
I really hate it when some engineer has a spasm and screws up the software we make our living on.  There was nothing wrong with the Transform tool as it was.  Please tell the higher ups at Adobe to quit trying to fix what isn't broken.  Thank you for your help!  Have a good evening.

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Please Adobe: Add this option somewhere to Menu/Edit/Preferences in the next update. It's really annoying to make this text file and find the correct place after each installation of PS on another machine.
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Vicki

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I uninstalled 2019 and have been using 2018 since.  
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Nolan Conley

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I just did that also.

Adobe, you are untrustworthy and your business model is awful.  Your business model is irritate the customer until they leave.  Well, I just left PS 2019 after the last update that NEGATED the fix for the transform tool screw-up .  WHY FIX SOMETHING JUST TO UNFIX IT IN THE NEXT UPDATE!!!  Nothing personal... but I'm sick of this and you, Adobe, are driving me to explore alternate solutions.

Regretfully, Nolan Conley
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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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Jaroslav Bereza

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They do. Because some similar topics were merged into this one. Only Adobe can do that.
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Kukurykus

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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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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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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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https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/transforming-objects.html#transform-scale-proportionally

First entry gives you back the old behaviour.

I have the feeling Adobe isn't aware of their core user base anymore. They just change what they think "feels" right not recognizing real professional people use this software for over a decade now. I honestly ask Adobe, who in the world requested this nonesense? Because I, as a semi-active community member, never saw any heated conversation about this?!... Until now.


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That makes two of us! You're not alone Erik!
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With the 20.0.5 update, there is now a user facing preference under Preferences > General... and check "Use Legacy Free Transform"


Use this preference instead of the PSUserConfig.txt method.