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https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2548795 When the Maintain Aspect Ratio box is unchecked, Free Transform should be non-proportional. However, in version 20 (Oct 2018 release) the aspect ratio remains locked whether or not the Maintain Aspect Ratio box is clicked. Only using the shift key (new behaviour) seems to work. Reported in Adobe Photoshop forums by Win 10 users.
Transform proportionally by defaultPhotoshop now transforms all layer types (such as pixel layers, type layers, shape layers, bitmaps, Placed Smart Objects) proportionally by default.When transforming a layer, you no longer need to hold down the Shift key while dragging a corner handle to resize a selected layer to constrain its proportions. Anytime you drag a corner handle during transform and move it, the layer resizes proportionally. Holding down the Shift key now resizes non-proportionally when you drag a corner handle during transform.To resize a layer proportionally during transform, do the following:Select the layer(s) you want to resize in the Layers panel.Press Command + T (Mac) / Control + T (Win). Alternatively, choose Edit > Free Transform.Drag a corner handle on the bounding box to resize the layer.Commit the changes.How do I turn off the new proportional scaling by default behavior while transforming layers?For related helpful information, see the following links: Transform objectsFree transformations of images, shapes, and paths
If I am not mistaken this has been a conscious and prominently announced decision on the Photoshop team’s part.
While i understood somewhat the reason for the change, why is it not the default for any transform. I mean, now. instead having to remember not to hold the shift key to constrain proportions.... but oh wait it's a shape layer and that doesn't work, you still have to hold shift to constrain proportions, so now it's twice as confusing to new users because instead of one universal transform default, we now have essentially two defaults depending on the kind of layer.How can adobe think that makes more sense than trying to teach users the old tried and true method of holding shift for all transforms?