Photoshop CC 14.2: Pressing 'Esc' in text layer editing mode doesn't cancel, but applies changes.

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Andrej Obrubko

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Posted 7 years ago

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David, Official Rep

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Howdy Andrej,

This change to ESC with regard to text was done on purpose.

Honestly, it involved quit a bit of debate and wrangling on the team since from a technical perspective, it is NOT the correct behavior. From purely engineering perspective, ESC should not confirm an action -- it should cancel the action. From a usability and workflow perspective, however, this change was the right thing to do.

Many users of Illustrator and InDesign have grown accustomed to using the ESC key to confirm a text layer. As a result, these customers attempt to follow the same logic in Photoshop and wind up losing all their work without even the ability to Undo (text in PS is modal, so until confirmed, it has no history state). As you can imagine, that leads to MANY irate users...! This change is for them.

For users expecting the older behavior, yes, there is a very slight inconvenience that now they may have to manually delete a text layer (using the Layers panel). But we believe the gain for other users, both in terms of interface consistency between all three Creative Suite apps as well as in terms of non-lost work, more than compensates.

Does that make sense?

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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This should be better in the Photoshop CC (2015) update. We added a pref for you to choose what you want the behavior to be. The first time you create a text layer and hit esc, you will get the following dialog: