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I'm not crazy - default scaling of layer effects

Community Beginner ,
Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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At some point, years ago, I had my preferences set to scale layer effects by default (somehow) when using free transform. It's been like this for me for years and years and years. I know this, because I truly can't remember the last time I had to change a stroke weight after scaling something down. Now, since my most recent update, it's not like that anymore. And when I google it, I feel like I'm being punked. Anyone out here have thoughts on this?

 

(NOTE: I am aware of "Layer > Layer Styles > Scale Effects", but this opens the percent scale dialog and I'm talking --- I could free transform anything with strokes, shadows, glows, etc. and they scaled with the object.

 

I feel like I'm losing my mind.

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Apr 22, 2020 Apr 22, 2020

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I know the Image Size has a Scale Styles when you resample a Document.  I do not believe Free Transform has a scale style option setting.

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Free Transform just has interpolation option

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Apr 24, 2020 Apr 24, 2020

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Same issue here. It used to be a checkbox in the General preferences, now it's nowhere to be found. 

 

Scaling anything with effects is now a pain. Either remember the exact percentage you scaled or readjust effects settings manually. 

 

Why would they change it? 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 24, 2020 Apr 24, 2020

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What version of photoshop had a general preference like that? I do not see it in the versions of Photoshop I have installed on my Window machine.

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Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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In Illustrator yes, in Photoshop, no...

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Apr 24, 2020 Apr 24, 2020

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I think you are remembering Scale Styles in Image Size dialogue. Read this thread https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop_scale_layer_styles on Photoshop family site where one of responders is Chris Cox who was lead developer in Photoshop team for years, he must know wether feature was available or not.

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Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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You aren't imaging things. There was a "scale strokes and effects" under preferences, general. Its gone now and I have hunted everywhere and can not find it making it a royal pain to constantly use layer style, scale effects.  Adobe Why ??!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Hello, there IS a "Scale strokes and effects" in preferences/General, but not in Photoshop, as it is in Illustrator: 

https://www.vectordiary.com/tips-and-tricks/scaling-strokes-effects/#:~:text=This%20can%20be%20found....

 

It is a case of the Mandela effect : https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/mandela-effect#:~:text=The%20Mandela%20effect%20is%2....

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Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Hello, you might mix things up: this feature is in Illustrator's preferences, not Photoshop...

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New Here ,
Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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I don't think you're crazy, either. I was using an older version (CS4) for a long time, because I didn't want to switch to the subscription model, and I never had to scale strokes or layer effects separately.

There seems to be a way to make layer styles scale, but only if you're adjusting the size of your entire canvas with Image > Image Size. When it brings up the Image Size dialogue window, there is a little gear in the top right corner that gives you an option to "Scale Styles" when you click on it. Click on the gear again, to make sure that a check mark appears next to the text, and it should work correctly.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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I concur with the others, this is definitely an Illustrator thing, never a Photoshop thing. 

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Certified Instructor | Adobe User Group Manager

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New Here ,
Feb 14, 2021 Feb 14, 2021

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Unfortunatly it's true. It is an Illustrator thing. I had the exact same thought WFT! there used to be... am I going nuts.

 

Saw all the comments in this thread and thought no these guys don't get it. I'll prove it.

Opened same file in PS on my new laptop and my old laptop. Tested it... Effects don't scale in photoshop 😞

I could have sworn that they do... But they don't.

 

20 Years of flipping around in the adobe software must have played a trick on my mind.

 

Would be great if it was a setting though 😄

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Oct 17, 2021 Oct 17, 2021

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Yeah, I was having the same problem. But ig we gotta live without that option, at least for now. One thing that could help is converting the thing to a smart object and then resize it. Yes, it may not be ideal in every scenario and is in now the ideal solution, but it is one work-around that I could think of. Works for groups too, just group the thing and convert it to a smart object

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