P: Free Transform/Distort tool inconsistency

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Explorer ,
Oct 26, 2018 Oct 26, 2018

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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.

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Which setting I have to change in order to have the same behavior of the tool as in Photoshop CC 2018 (release 19)?

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Many thanks!!!

Luciano

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Adobe Employee , Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2018 Oct 26, 2018

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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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LEGEND ,
Oct 26, 2018 Oct 26, 2018

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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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Explorer ,
Oct 26, 2018 Oct 26, 2018

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Many thanks for your help Jaroslav!!!

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Explorer ,
Oct 26, 2018 Oct 26, 2018

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Many thanks for your help John!!!

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LEGEND ,
Oct 29, 2018 Oct 29, 2018

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Since the new 2019 upgrade "distort" in the transform doesn't work well. I cannot anymore pull the sides out with the middle square of each line. I mean I used to be able to pull the image into a different aspect ratio with the square buttons in the middle of each side. now that doesn't work anymore and I can't seem to find a useful alternative..

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Explorer ,
Oct 29, 2018 Oct 29, 2018

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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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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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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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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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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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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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I wish when installing a new release they would leave the last release in the programs folder so you have the option to go back to the version that worked properly. Another issue I found is when I did a resize and canvas extend it moved  elements out of place. I lost hours of work and had to make apologies to clients on tight deadlines. Not cool.

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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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If you have the Creative Cloud you can install previous releases of Photoshop:

-select the program, "Manage", "Others versions" then choose the version you like

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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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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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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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You may have to go back a few pages... there is an easy fix for this, and it works fine after that.

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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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Hi Mark... thanks for your suggestion.  It's just that I pay over $50 per month and really shouldn't have to fix the the new releases.  It's like these "improvements" are made by kids who don't sit at a desk 5 days a week having to use the program to get work out.  Anyway, thanks again!

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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Basically there's nothing so fantastic about CC 2019 that wasn't part of CC 2018 you had to miss it. So be happy - there is over a year till next release 😉 Maybe then they'll workout something better 😉

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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That was my solution as well!

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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That's true! Changes made to new Photoshop are not meant for experienced users, but for fun use!

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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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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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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DEAR Adobe, please READ our comments!

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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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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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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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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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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It should be done this way while releasing last Photoshop. I would accept it, but old behaviour with option for new would be even better to respect those who used Ps longer than new ones.

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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They will wait until we all get use to the change and then change it again. I know it can be changed but does changing command f to repeat a filter to a search window bug anyone else? Why do you need another search choice there.

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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Oh, hold the phone!

There's a transform reference point toggle button in the top toolbar, available while transforming:

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I tested it. It is in fact linked to the toggle in prefs:

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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Command f? Where exaclty to use it?

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