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P: shift-resizing a corner handle disables "Smart Guides" snapping

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 21, 2012 Jun 21, 2012

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To resize proportionally, one has to hold down the Shift key while moving a corner handle.
Unfortunately, this disables the snapping to smart guides: when view>snap guides is active, resizing a layer is supposed to auto-align to the edges of other layers, but it is not the case when doing it from a corner handle while holding down shift, a common practice.

Shift-resizing a middle handle does respect the wanted snapping behavior.

CTRL is the shortcut supposed to disable snapping, not Shift.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016

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I cannot snap to a guide while proportionally resizing a smart object in Photoshop CC 2014.

To be clear, I have a guide and a smart object. Moving the object will snap to the guide (snapping is turned on). But when resize proportionally, I can't snap to the guide. Snapping works when I resize un-proportionally, but that's no good for photos/art.

I'm on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite with Photoshop with Photoshop CC 2014.2.1.

Am I missing something, or is this a bug/feature not yet implemented?

— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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LEGEND ,
Mar 09, 2016 Mar 09, 2016

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It's astonishing this has been overlooked to be perfectly blunt. I don't think it is a bug rather the user is expected to somehow expected to use snap guides without Photoshop constraining the dimensions - this is a feature that should have been in Photoshop as soon as snapping was introduced.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 15, 2017 Feb 15, 2017

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it was so frustrating to constantly find transparent edges (and significant loss of quality if you have proportionally scaled up/down and low resolution sources) when free transforming backgrounds that i spent some time before figuring it out. first remark: guides are irrelevant so no point in using them, they just don't snap when holding down shift key
the best solution i use now is here:
1) measure your canvas size and remember/copy it (actually you probably know it as this is relevant to you in the first place)
2) free transform
3) move and snap left top corner to the corner of your canvas 
4) switch reference point location to upper left corner (the one that you snapped to 0:0)
5) lock the proportions by clicking on the link button between W and H figures (each at 100% for now)
6) switch the unit of height (if you are trying to compensate height difference) or width (if width is your desired constant) to mm/cm/inch/pixels/point/picas, whichever absolute unit you are using by right clicking on 100% and selecting it from the pop-up menu
7) enter/paste the number of absolute units of your canvas size measured in the first step as new height or width (and press enter)
8) if needed, move now proportionally resized object again
9) commit transform (press enter again)
10) voila!

P.S. i would definitely qualify this as a bug not a feature

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LEGEND ,
May 05, 2017 May 05, 2017

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if fact, shift+transform disables all snapping altogether. I was intending to write a feature request to allow snapping to document bounds as you shift transform. this would help tremendously when wanting to place photos perfectly fit to document width or height as you scale them. seeing a similar feature request was submitted 5 years ago does not leave me optimistic... so not fit to canvas and no snapping. we're losing pixels here 😞

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Advisor ,
May 05, 2017 May 05, 2017

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This would seem fundamental to so many different types of workflow. It's really shocking that it's never been fixed.

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LEGEND ,
May 06, 2017 May 06, 2017

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we do have the handy resize image during place but that's only if use "place" and does only fit to height. fit to width also would be welcome no matter the cropping, many users need full frame. the big change would be if the free transform was snapping at 4 corners and not just 2. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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Good catch for the edges snapping. And again, it works from the center handles.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 16, 2017 Sep 16, 2017

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snapping to center handles works, but will scale your image width or height  only, not together. causing it to distort if the image is not in the ratio of your canvas. I am looking for a way to proportionally scale my image to the edges, and make it snap. which ever I choose. or an option to fit to width or height as a menu item.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 02, 2018 May 02, 2018

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Folks:

We do have a bug on this behavior and we're going to look into it. Thank you for your feedback!

Eric Floch
Photoshop Quality Engineer

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LEGEND ,
May 11, 2018 May 11, 2018

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When you resize proportionally an object, you hold shift+transform. The shift key automatically disables all Snap features, and it's not usable and I cannot align my images correctly. This isn't a problem when the shift key isn't pressed.

Photoshop has gone into some serious bugs lately. From the bug that doesn't show live text preview when a font is being resized, to many more. Please, I am like begging for this to be fixed. I have even looked into other programs like Affinity Photo and Designer, and they do not have this stupid, ridiculous issue that should NOT be a thing in Photoshop. This probably sounds like a small deal, but it is a huge deal to many designers.

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 14, 2019 Nov 14, 2019

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This issue should be fixed in the current version, Photoshop 2020 v21.x or later. Let us know if you're still having trouble.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019

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Hi, on Photoshop v21 I'm still having this issue, snap to smart guides is only working when I'm NOT constrain transforming, whether I have Legacy Free Transform activated or not

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LEGEND ,
Jan 08, 2020 Jan 08, 2020

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Still not running in v21!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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Indeed, it does not work in all cases: in constrained, smart guides work with shift, but not without, in unconstrained, it is the opposite, it only works without shift...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 23, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

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Looks like something got messed up with other Transform changes. Engineering is looking into this newer breakage. Thanks.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 08, 2020 Sep 08, 2020

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This issue should now be fixed in the Photoshop 21.2.3 update. 

To update Photoshop to 21.2.3, click"Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop app next to Photoshop. More detailed instructions for updating

 

Update: As Eric Floch points out below, this was not part of the 21.2.3 update. Sorry for the false positive!

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LEGEND ,
Sep 09, 2020 Sep 09, 2020

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Hi Pete, do you happen to know if the following bug has been fixed in the last update (it's written as "solved" but still exists actually) ? Thanks : https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/having-trouble-with-hand-tool-and-marquee-tool/m-p/11421212...



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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 09, 2020 Sep 09, 2020

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Maybe it "should be fixed" but it's not. I updated to Photoshop 21.2.3 on macOS Catalina 10.15.6 (19G2021) and still can't snap to guides when maintaining proportions. So this bug still exists. I trashed preferences and still no change, no snapping. ☹️

— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 09, 2020 Sep 09, 2020

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Dan & All:

So sorry for the confusion, but there was a misunderstanding regarding the fix... We've fixed a bug we had where the NON-proportional case -- i.e. Options bar Lock OFF, or Lock ON and holding Shift -- was not snapping properly to guides, grid, layers, etc. This was a regression from previous functionality, and should be fixed in the current release.

Unfortunately, the proportional case behavior -- i.e. Lock on, or Lock off and holding Shift -- is still the same. A note on this that you won't like... According to the code, this was actually the way Transform was originally designed, way back in the day. The proportional case NEVER snapped. So this is not technically a bug, but rather an old design choice

That being said, we know you all dislike the lack of snapping in the proportional transform case. We have a ticket on the books right now -- an enhancement request -- to get the proportional case snapping. I know no one out there particularly cares, but it's not as easy as it should be, and we have a ton of work on the pile right now. I can't guarantee when we'll get to it. But we absolutely hear you.

Huge apologies for the confusion here. Thanks (hopefully) for your understanding.

-Eric Floch
Photoshop Senior Quality Engineer

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 17, 2020 Sep 17, 2020

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@peter_green_4140434  It seems that the update only fixes the non-proportional snapping, I almost cried of joy before trying... Could you demote the answer?

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LEGEND ,
Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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Finally grew so frustrated with this behavior that I went searching to see if it's by design. Saddened to find this thread, would love to see the behavior changed

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Explorer ,
Feb 24, 2021 Feb 24, 2021

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Adobe's getting lazy and software updates are more and more buggy and unusable. Working only with Version 2020 as 2021 has bad latency and drawing issues... Illustrator is similar... so bad...

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