How to expand a rectangle only on 1 side?

New Here ,
Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Sorry for asking this but I don't know how to expand a rectangle just on one side, if I use ctrl t to expand it, it becomes bigger everywhere. I attached a video showing this. I just want to make the rectangle wider.

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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Ctrl+T to Transform. 

Hold down the Shift key while dragging edges.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Nancy’s Shift-drag tip works great if you want to temporarily disable proportional scaling. You can also turn off the Link Shape Width and Height link icon up in the options bar, which lets you disable or enable proportional scaling whenever you want.

 

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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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But isn't there a way that the box around your rectangle follows it when you rotate it because now when I expand it using shift + drag this just happens: (check the video) I just want to make the rectangle higher like you would in a program like google docs or something. 

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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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Basically I just want to do this with the rectangle:

 

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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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How to Scale, Transform and Resize Objects in Photoshop:

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/design/how-to-scale-transform-and-resize-an-object-in-photoshop

 

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

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Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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If you are working with a rastor layer, and not a live shape:

Use the ruler tool and run it along the edge of your slanted rectangle.

Make a note of the angle. In this case 30°

Click on Straighten

Use Free Transform to increase its height.

Use Free Transform again to rotate back using the pre noted angle.

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Or, assuming that you iinittially created the rectangle perpendicular to the document boundary, before you do anything else, make it a Smart Object

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After that, not mater how many times you adjust its angle, using Ctrl T will still produce a bounding box perpendicular to the object and not the document boundary.  Smart Objects have soooooo many uses.

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Jun 22, 2021 Jun 22, 2021

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When going back to a live shape, don't use Ctrl+T. Choose the rectangle tool and click on the shape layer again.

 

Ctrl+T gives you this :

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Selecting the rectangle tool and the shape layer gives you this :

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So you can then drag the side handles :

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Dave

 

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