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Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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My Photoshop 23 2.2 won't resize a photo with free transform without distorting it. I hold down the shift key, but it still distorts. Is there a fix for this?

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Guide , Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022
try not holding down shift? They changed the behavior a few years ago...

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Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Let me move this to the Photoshop forum for you, which is the appropriate forum for your question.

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Unfortunately, that's a bit vague. What do you mean by "distorting".

Can you show a screen grab of before and after?

By it's very nature, anytime you resize a pixel-based image, some distortion is going to happen as it has to render all new pixels to fit the new shape. Even at best, this can cause a bit of fuzziness you didn't see before.

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try not holding down shift? They changed the behavior a few years ago...

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Yes this worked! Thank you!

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Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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If you prefer the old way that requires holding down the Shift key to maintain a distortion free transformation, activate "Use Legacy Free Transform". This option can be found in the General section of the Preferences which are found in the Photoshop menu on a Mac and the Edit menu on Windows.

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Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Go to Image > Image Size. 

Click the chain link icon to contrain proportions and reduce distortion when resizing.  See screenshot. 

 

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For best results, work with high-res, high pixel-density images.  Low-res images look awful when rescaled.

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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@cat4716 

In addition to using "Legacy Free Transform" as was said, there is a slightly newer option. After you start Free Transform, look in the options bar. In between the Width and Height controls is a Link button.

  • When the Link button is enabled, the two controls work together and the image resizes proportionally
  • When the Link button is off, the two controls work separately and the image distorts.

This all happened quite a few versions ago, so you must be coming from a very old version?

 

Jane

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