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

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Craig Weinberg

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Why then does ESC no commit a transform??? This "consistency" change absolutely slows down my workflow! I'm very frustrated! This is not better for those of us that PRIMARILY use Photoshop! Please give us an option to have ESC work the way it is universally intended!
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Craig Weinberg

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Is this really a middle finger from Adobe to all of us that use "ESC" to actually back out of a text change??? Unbelievable! At the very least add an option for us to CHOOSE to have ESC work to commit a text change or not. This is akin to changing the brush tool to act as an eraser... "well, some of our other apps work backwards too... We think it makes sense." Really? ARG!
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Actually that is the old behavior, and the behavior of most applications: ESC means cancel. That was changed in Photoshop CC so that ESC would commit text changes, but we have a greater number of complaints about how that behavior is not a great idea (because ESC should cancel the changes).
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John McAssey

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Arrogant Obnoxious Abuse Adobe's stupidity
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Joel Laine

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This wouldn't be so infuriationg, if the empty text fiends wouldn't stick around every time.
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Patrick

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I don't mind the ESC button being a commit. I don't like it, but it's something I can get used to. I will use Undo when unintentionally committing a text change.

However, empty text layers are cluttering up my document everywhere. And it's hard to notice as you will only see them in your layer panel.

Would it make sense to create a New Empty Text layer when 'committing' an empty text layer that is set to Point text? There will be no way to edit it again by clicking it.

The only way to edit it (and actually make use of it) would be to double click the icon in the layer panel. I don't think a lot of people will intentionally use it that way.

This is how both Point Text Layers and Paragraph Text Layers work, rendering these 'empty text layers' quite useless.

If empty Text Layers would simply disappear on commit, we would have best of both worlds.
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This is exactly the reason why this whole thing is so messed up and why we have to waste our time in this post. If something is broken fix it right. Heresomething is broken and it has been patched wrongly to not correct the initial mistake of InDesign.
Now it is tried to patch the patch for the fix.

It could be so easy if ESC behavior would be fixed in the software that did it wrong. ESC as a meaning. Would you expect to commit a window if you press ESC? I guess NO. If you want ESC to commit it would need to be that way everywhere to make it consistent. Photoshop had the option of ENTER on the Numkeypad or CTRL+RETURN to commit a text layer. It didn't need a ESC commit. InDesign should have done it the same way.

I went back to CS6 to avoid that crappy ESC behavior.
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So, is there any news on this?

Agreed with all above, using the escape key for anything other than cancelation of an action is completely counter-intuitive. If you're super worried about ID and IL users not understanding, then change ID and IL to work the expected way.

Just because these users got used to using it wrong doesn't mean you should shaft us by destroying a perfectly fine UI convention.

I can't tell you how annoying it is, to select a piece of text, miss is by a few pixels and create a new layer by accident. I instinctively hit the ESC key to cancel the action, great - new empty layer that I have to manually delete or undo.
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I would like to add that After Effects did not inherit this behavior, so you guys still have inconsistency.

I would also like to point out how naive, from a UX pov, it is to state:

"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."

Basically you're saying, because it's standard in two of our own pieces of software it should be applied everywhere. But if it's objectively wrong and deviates from standard and intuitive behavior then it's still wrong.

While I agree it's annoying to lose work by hitting escape, I think I speak for many experienced ACTUAL creative suite users, when I say that this is a poor solution that creates a new, and not to be trivialized, annoyance.
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I agree with those who say ESC = Cancel. Why should we change our (correct) way of doing things just because a bunch of graphic designers are accustomed to doing it the illogical way for years. Illustrator and InDesign should be corrected and force graphic designers to adhere to the correct and logical use of the ESCAPE key—not the other way around..
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After consulting with Adobe "support professionals", they recommend that I downgrade to version CS6.

How do I go about getting a refund for the money that I've paid for CC?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ESC key should *not* commit type or create empty junk layers!.

ESC key should *not* commit type. Instead of spreading the bad UX to photoshop, fix the problem in your other applications.

I also just spend *96 minutes* talking about this with three "support technicians" who had no idea what I was talking about.
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Markus Tröszter

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ESC = Abort, not APPLY

Please fix this asap, thats annoying!
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R C

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Hi, is there any news regarding this issue?
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Chris Cox

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Nothing that we can share yet.
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I hope that means we will be seeing a fix soon. It is still so mind boggling that the ESC key should act in such a counter intuitive manner ONLY for text in PS. It still works correctly when used with any other tool on PS. Example: the transform tool. If a mistake gets made during a transform, hitting the ESC key actually works correctly and aborts the transform action. It would seem that if it "commits" a text layer shouldn't it work consistently across all tools? I am by no means asking for it to commit ANY tool action. Instead I am trying to point out that the argument that it's better this way because "our other software does it this way, so change how you work" is ludicrous! Why should the ESC key work differently depending on the tool you are using? Show me another application that changes how ESC works within the program. There is not even an option to assign the ESC key to keyboard shortcut in PS. When I try it actually works as it should and quits what I am trying to do. Again, PLEASE LET ESC WORK FOR TEXT AS IT DOES WITH EVERY OTHER TOOL! AGHH!! This shouldn't even have been an issue! Please!!!
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Howdy Craig,

Unfortunately, different people have different expectations about how ESC should work with regard to text.  Hopefully, the solution we're working on will be satisfactory to everyone.  Can't say more at this time, but didn't want you to feel that your voice was unheard.

Thanks,
David
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP: Change command to cancel a text layer creation, please..

I think this shortcut should be changed back: when you create a text layer with no text in it, or create a text layer accidentally, now you need to type cmd+ESC to exit & cancel the layer creation.

In the past, just ESC would be enough. If there is no content in a text layer, why would it be created? It just shouldn't be possible to create an empty layer in one click. I know it seems easy to learn a new command or get used to it but changing commands you can use LOTS of time during your daily work doesn't seem a great idea to me.

Thank you.
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This seems less an issue with Esc, and more about that it shouldn't save the layer if no text was typed into it. I agree. :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP CC 14.2: Text layers remaining after entering no text and hitting esc.

Up until the latest update, hitting Esc after clicking with the text tool but entering no text resulted in the text layer being removed — since it was never really created. Now, with the latest update, it seems to want to create the text layer even if you don't enter text. So if I accidentally click with T or miss clicking into a text layer, I'm left with an erroneous text layer to delete.
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Official Response
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:
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Jeffrey Tranberry, you are now my hero. I will get your name (all caps) and "IS MY HERO" printed on a shirt, and wear it to every single Adobe convention I'll ever attend. Ever.
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ROFL
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Chris actually did more work on this than I did. I was, however, being pesky about adding a pref for it. Squeeky wheel gets the grease.
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Not you mr Cox. Shoo.

;)

But honestly, thanks for listening. It's often small daily annoyances that push us users towards other software, regardless of how powerful your offerings are.

Adobe has been moving faster since CC, which is greatly appreciated, so kudos for that.

Looking forward to CC 2015. Great stuff.
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Jeffrey - I figured as much, reading your job title.

And thanks for amplifying our squeeks ;) (give us some credit!)
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Seriously, I'm still laughing at "JEFFREY TRANBERRY IS MY HERO" on a shirt...

Yes, we understand the annoyances, and that's why we take the time to add preferences/choices to make the application work well for everyone.
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It only took a whole year! Seriously though, glad to hear this has finally been resolved.
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If anyone is having trouble finding this new feature, please go to your Creative Cloud application and on the Apps tab, click Update (Photoshop) or Update All, to get the latest version.

Thanks,
David
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Finally !!!!!!!!

I'm very glad that sending these hateful comments and low ratings finally paid off :)

Cant wait to download this update :)
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Chris Cox

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So, something like this?


(aka: someone got a new vinyl cutter and just had to try it out)
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shift + escape is the "magic trick" to escaping text in CC pre 15

Jeffrey Tranberry 
Adopting weird features from the Illustrator development team is for sure a bad idea. They have developed the software for like 25 years, and still can't get away from the stiff 90's looking dialog boxes  ("preview" checkbox checked off by default ??). They can't even deliver a half way decent transform HUD, not at all even for vector points. A lot of new features each release is nice , but not at the cost of ignoring the most important and basic tools.

It really is Illustrator that should change (correct) the escape (escape means escape, right?) behavior, not the other way around. Ctrl/cmd + enter can't be all that bad to "force users" to learn when it's for the greater good. To be consistent you could have introduced alt+esc as a hot key, as alt is familiarly used to reverse some tools, selection add/subtract,  dodge/burn etc.

Look to the more seasoned after effects engineers instead, and also the Cinema 4d software, which really has a fantastic UI. 
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Howdy Håvard,

We did these changes in response to a very large number of users asking us to be MORE like Illustrator.  We try really hard, but we cannot seem to please 100% of the people 100% of the time.  Keep in mind, all of these changes have settings so that you can retain either behavior moving forward.  The first time you use ESC with a type later, you'll see a dialog asking you what you want ESC to represent.  And, once set, you can go into your type preferences to change this at a later time.

Photoshop really is something of a Swiss army knife -- it does many different functions for different people.  

Thanks,
David