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why is free transform alway a percentage??

Explorer ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Hi all,

 

this has been bothering me... like FOREVER.

 

why is free transform alway a percentage?? i never EVER use percentage, i use pixels.

 

so why, when say, Im drawing a shape, as i draw it, im shown the dimension against my the mouse pointer in pixels as i do it, then i finish and tap "cmd + t"

 

and there it is... damn percentages!? WHY??? i find it counter intuitive, to move from pixels to percentage.

 

it there a way to change this?? i feel like it has been doing this since CS4. 

 

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Community Expert , Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

There's also a pop-up menu if you Ctrl (MacOs) or right-click (Windows) in the field:

I'll admit it would be nice if it were a sticky.

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Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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Hi yes you can control it first unlock the propostion lock the width and height can be changed the indiviual...regards

Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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not what i mean.

 

when i select free transform i want it to already be in pixels not percentage.

 

if i draw a box that is 340px by 450px then i free tranform why am i seeing percentages!? rather than pixels... i find this extremely annoying.

 

i just dont want percentages, at all, ever. for it just makes no sense.

 

 

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Hi. You can write pixels values like 1280px or 1280in in those fields.

 

Marlon Ceballos.

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Hi dude i know that.

 

why can't it just been in pixel to start with? else i'm guess what size it was?

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I have to agree with you on this. Mostly, I find percentages to be a relic of photo-mechanical reproduction and proportion wheels. I've never understood why there is no full keyboard control for the Option bar, especially for Free Transform.

 

It's an even bigger pain in Export As, since that doesn't link the Width and Height fields. I do a rough estimate of my percentage in my head, enter that, and then finesse it Why?

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There's also a pop-up menu if you Ctrl (MacOs) or right-click (Windows) in the field:

I'll admit it would be nice if it were a sticky.

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Thank you, it took an absurd amount of googling for what was so simple an issue and solution!

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Same here. Since CS4. I hate it. It always reverts back to percentage.

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This was asked in Photoshop Feedback three years ago. One answer:

 
"I believe that this intentional because it makes recorded actions more useful when they work with a percentage instead of fixed size. Same for repeat last transformation command."
 

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thank you for this answer.

 

still would be useful for it not to do that, of have an option to change to what i want.

 

as it stand i have to either write down the dimension after creating an object OR refer to the info panel the get the dimension, then i have to free-tranform and change it from % to px. it just sooo time consuming

 

i can't honest believe there is no option for this.... like i said it been annoying me since CS4... so like 20 years

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