Photoshop: Doesn't constrain proportions when resizing from side handle while holding Shift key

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When using Free Transform, holding down Shift while dragging a corner rightly constrains the proportions of the shape while resizing. However, holding down Shift while dragging a side handle does nothing. It should continue to constrain the proportions as it does in Illustrator.
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Kris Hunt

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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
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Kris Hunt

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Doesn't matter. This applies to every version, up to the very latest. This should have been fixed a decade ago.
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Roman Divoký

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Uniform object scale.

Hi,
uniform scaling when dragging middle handle + shift would be really awesome.
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Hannah Nicollet, Official Rep

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Hi Kris and Roman,

As of today's update, Photoshop 20.0, proportional transform is now the default behavior of transform in Photoshop (except with regard to vector graphics). Please open the Creative Cloud app, download the update and let us know how it goes for. If you do not see the update immediately, please sign in and sign out of the Creative Cloud.

Thank you,
Hannah
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Kris Hunt

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Of course not, because screwing long time pro users is the Adobe Way.
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JEA

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In the original complaint it refers to Shape, which i guess means a Shape Layer or Path, yet adobe did not implement the proportional transform is now the default behavior of transform in Photoshop with vector graphics (shapes/paths) so how can this be marked solved?
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Kris Hunt

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It wasn't intended to refer to vectors only.
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Kukurykus

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They should change status again to: unsovled :)
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I'm also facing this problem
previous PS when i use transform function, press shift and drag from the corner will auto constrain
with this new version CC 2019, even a square also become rectangle.
I had already updated but no use.
please help
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For anybody who wants to revert back to the old faithful way of doing things, this is the method to do so from John McAssey in the https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/constrained-resize-ps-cc-20 thread:

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

  1. Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS 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\
    • macOS: //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/

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This is the official response from Adobe: new feature, use Shift to *un* constrain.  Constrain to fixed aspect is now on by default.  

In other words, you don't need to press Shift to constrain proportions, just drag any corner to the size you want.


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    Kris Hunt

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    Thanks, Captain Obvious!
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    Camila Pires

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    THANKS, ALEJANDRO! 
    I just signed up to thank you in person! I was mad already!
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    Matthew Warren

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    Thanks! It took an hour to find the correct answer!
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    Ben

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    For the love of god, don't fix things that ain't broken. Truly mind-numbing nonsense sorry.
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    doward williams

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    This feature was a total, utter waste of time.
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    dbonneville

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    I just spent 20 minutes trying to resize and object in PS 20.0. I could not proportionally scale a placed image. Spent another 10 minutes searching google, trying to figure how to not to bring up old versions of photoshop for the answer. I land here, and the answer is "don't hold shift".

    "Don't hold shift" anymore?

    WUT?

    I have to unlearn how many decades of muscle memory?
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    Jared Hundley

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    PLEASE make a revert to legacy in preferences on this topic. You have inconsistencies amongst your products now. Illustrator and AE (and others) are using the old method and Photoshop is now using this new method. 20+ year photoshop user here... I can adapt but it's super nice to have the option to revert to my old ways if possible. Plus, I teach high schoolers the Adobe package and consistency is key. Thank you. 
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    I wonder will they take us seriously and made such option in preferences with next update or leave with way of .txt file to do the same. I only hope they levae us choise which method we want to use.
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    Kim Wild

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    This is the stupidest update ever. Don't hold shift anymore, Adobe are you serious? I also teach this - don't hold shift in all programs but Photoshop. Lets all have to unlearn something we don't even think about doing since the creation of Photoshop. Just dumb.
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    Kaytalin Platt McCarry

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    I am so, so annoyed by this update. I spent 5 minutes trying to understand if I had pressed some sort of button that was canceling out Shift or if my Mac was being glitchy. Then, I remembered I updated Photoshop, so I came here to find out this is a thing that the developers did on purpose. What kind of monsters remove the Shift function without sending out a mass warning to let users know they are fundamentally changing how one of the most used scale methods work? 
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    @Hannah Nicollet i'd like to know Adobe's reasons for reversing shortcut keys and command behaviors overnight. Who thought this was a good idea? We now need to coach all of our users on the new behaviors, and build custom preference files for others. On each machine we use. Unnecessary and obstructive. 
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    IMO it should behave exactly as in Illustrator
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    Ben

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    Agreed, this has always driven me nuts but now it’s a whole new level of stupid.
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    doward williams

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    I've thought the same thing about many of the features between these two products. It's silly updates like this that will push users to new products like figma and Sketch.
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    This is ridiculous. What are you doing Adobe? So now in some programs I hold shift, like I've done for 10 years, but in Photoshop it's no longer the default behavior? How does inconsistency between keyboard commands from one application to another equal an improvement. Shift to constrain should be the default. Was someone actually complaining about this? So now I have to train my hand and mind to hold shift in other applications but not Photoshop? Please give us an option to revert to legacy.
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    I've wondered for years why it DIDN'T work this way. Almost every time I go to scale an object, I want it proportional ... why did I have to hold down the shift key for what most of my colleagues agree should be the default behavior. I do, however, believe in consistency ... so please change Illustrator as well. And thank you ... I can now scale objects without having to set down my cup of coffee :)
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    Ben

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    @Donnie Chance 
    Yep but do it right. Talk it through, announce it widely, make it work the same in all apps - then release it.

    Inconstancies across apps in the suite is already sloppy, this change sums up decades of frustration for many of us. We don't need another Apple, anyone remember FCPX? I switched to Premiere because of this kind of nonsense.

    Just do it right - our clients expect nothing less, is it really so hard?
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    Kukurykus

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    You are right. btw there's option to comment one's post ;)