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CC 2019, transform handles always showing on selected layer. No way to hide?

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Dec 28, 2018

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I've been using Photoshop professionally since 2000 and normally enjoy the updated versions, but this latest CC 2019 version is bugging the cr*p out of me for many reasons, mainly because of seemingly pointless, arbitrary changes to the way some of the basic tools have worked for the last 18 years. Muscle memory and 18 years of habit are hard to break I guess.

One thing in particular is this - whenever a layer is selected with the move tool, it displays the transform handles, and there's no way to get rid of them without deselecting the layer. It makes compositing, mocking things up and sometimes even precise moving of a layer a pain because there's always a great big transform rectangle on your screen and you have to take extra steps and deselect the object you're working on each time you want to see the image without the transform tool on it. Or you have to constantly press Ctrl + H to show hide 'extras' all the time.

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In CC 2017, you could have a layer selected without the transform handles constantly present...

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...and  they'd only appear when you actually wanted to transform the object (Ctrl + T).

Is there a way to turn off this new, omni-present transform handle behaviour, other than just sticking with CC2017?

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Is this option enabled by any chance

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CC 2019, transform handles always showing on selected layer. No way to hide?

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I've been using Photoshop professionally since 2000 and normally enjoy the updated versions, but this latest CC 2019 version is bugging the cr*p out of me for many reasons, mainly because of seemingly pointless, arbitrary changes to the way some of the basic tools have worked for the last 18 years. Muscle memory and 18 years of habit are hard to break I guess.

One thing in particular is this - whenever a layer is selected with the move tool, it displays the transform handles, and there's no way to get rid of them without deselecting the layer. It makes compositing, mocking things up and sometimes even precise moving of a layer a pain because there's always a great big transform rectangle on your screen and you have to take extra steps and deselect the object you're working on each time you want to see the image without the transform tool on it. Or you have to constantly press Ctrl + H to show hide 'extras' all the time.

cc19.JPG

In CC 2017, you could have a layer selected without the transform handles constantly present...

cc17.JPG

...and  they'd only appear when you actually wanted to transform the object (Ctrl + T).

Is there a way to turn off this new, omni-present transform handle behaviour, other than just sticking with CC2017?

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Correct answer by Ged Traynor | Adobe Community Professional

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Is this option enabled by any chance

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Hi

Is this option enabled by any chance

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THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A THOUSAND TIMES THANKYOU!!

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Well now I feel like an idiot

Yes, yes it was.

I'd been through all the preference and tool menus but not seen anything, but not even looked in the toolbar.

In my defence, I've never noticed or looked for that setting there before and it's always been disabled by default before.

Thanks for pointing out my stupidity

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No worries, it's an easy one to miss

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I can't believe I missed that as well.  Someone should get this online I'm betting a lot of folks are fuming over this one

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I love you for this one. Thanks.

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