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How to change image interpolation setting default from "bicubic" to "nearest neighbor" in Transform.

New Here ,
May 16, 2024 May 16, 2024

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I changed the Image interpolation setting in Preferences>General, but that does not affect the transform tool itself. It keeps defaulting back to "bicubic" in Transform Tool. I want it to be "nearest neighbor" every time. How do I change this. The older version of Photoshop let me keep the setting forever.

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May 18, 2024 May 18, 2024

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 It keeps defaulting back to "bicubic" in Transform Tool. 

No such thing. 

Is it represented in the Toolbar? If not then it’s not called a Photoshop Tool. (edited)

 

Could you please post screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible? 

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May 18, 2024 May 18, 2024

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The setting is sticky, it remembers the last interpolation method used (it doesn't use the General Prefs value). Note that the sticky behaviour is only during that session, if you quit and restart Photoshop it will revert back to Bicubic and not the last used setting.

 

If you always wanted a certain interpolation method to be used as a default start point, rather than the last used value or bicubic, you could create an interactive action or script and use that instead, perhaps remapping the keyboard shortcut.

 

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Note: I would never use "nearest neighbour" in a "free" transform unless I was resizing in multiples of the original, such as 200% or 400% etc. and wished to preserve the edges of the original pixels.

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Preferences > General doesn't affect the Transform Tool's interpolation setting, which defaults to "bicubic." To permanently set it to "nearest neighbor" in Photoshop, try resetting preferences or exploring advanced settings.

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