Photoshop: Allow simple maths in number fields.

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So if I want my canvas to be 43px smaller I can basically type 160-43. Or if I want it to be 2.5x bigger I can do 160x2.5.
Any number field can benefit from this. Very often I have to open the calculator to figure out numbers.
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Edward

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PECourtejoie, Champion

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InDesign, After Effects and Illustrator have that functionnality. Cross-programs users expect the same behavior in Photoshop...
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mathias

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It's not just that we "expect the same behavior", but that we expect features that make sense and expand the usefulness of the program.

This feature would eliminate the need for a separate calculator program in many cases. That's a plus! Get it? PUN INTENDED
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Karffe

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of course, this feature may be only in CC version... : /
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mooncaine

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I've been much more productive since I learned I could use math in number fields in Illustrator and After Effects. It's a huge time saver, and it's better for my poor tired editor hands, too!

Photoshop should have this. Please add it, making it work like it does in AE or AI. Thanks!



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Ryan Malm

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6 years later, one more new release with lots of things I won't use, and the one feature that would be most helpful to me in my day to day operations, one that exists in Every Single Other Adobe App, as well as its competitors, still hasn't been implemented.  2018 may be the year I switch to Affinity Photo for good.  
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if you would like to have this feature include, write it to the photoshop's developers page.
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Agni Kaster

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Allow simple math in numeric fields.

It would be awesome if the number input fields could do simple arithmetics to speedup design process; adding, subtracting, multiplications, etc. Such as the font size or line height fields would allow 27+64, and upon hitting "return" the result would replace the expression to 91px (or default metric).

Use case for ui designers: to quickly prototype web box-model elements in psd could type 26+4*2+3*2 for the height of a shape object to represent a web element that is "height: 26px with margin: 4px and padding: 3px".

Not all designers are good at math.

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Mark Sterne

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Dear Adobe,

I can see this topic was started 4 years ago.

Is there a technical reason it can't be done, or it's too difficult or take too long to code?

Would be great to hear an official response.
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Chris Cox

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Millions of users, thousands of requests, and a (more or less) fixed number of engineers. It all takes time.
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Mark Sterne

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Thanks Chris.

Understand the need to prioritise feature requests.
But where does this stand in that list?

Personally I think it should be near the top!
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Chris Cox

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I don't know where it is on the prioritized list. While it would be nice to have, there really are more important things ahead of it (many of which you can already find requested on this site).
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Ryan Malm

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We really need clunky 3D features more than this basic utilitarian one.
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Jaydude

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This behaviour can be copied from Ai, Ae, Id, ... Or maybe I am to optimistic about object oriented development ;-)
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It's stupid that this has not been added after 6 years. I have the need for this almost every time I use Photoshop. I would even like to reference the width and height in the other field. E.g. :

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Carpet Ofcourse

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i was wondering if exactly in your case doesn't help you just change the percentage value.
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Official Response
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for contributing to this discussion. This idea has been implemented into Photoshop 20.0, which is available for download today. Please open the Creative Cloud app, download the update and let us know how it goes for you. If you do not see the update immediately, sign in and sign out of the Creative Cloud.

Thank you,
Hannah
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Huzzah!! It works!! It even accepts expressions with parentheses. Thank you!!
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Olof Ogland

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I tried a simple transform of a layer and inputting 36%*1.2 doesnt work. I just get invalid numeric entry.