Free Transform Aspect Ratio [Aspect ratio remains linked even when Maintain Aspect Ratio is unticked]

Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Last night I updated Photoshop to the latest version. I noticed that the Free Transform tool now has the linked aspect ratio as the default selection, however, even when I unclick the link button, the aspect ratio remains linked. Using the shift button does work to unlink them. Is it a bug that the button is not working? Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Hi Riiver,

You can revert back to the legacy transform, to revert to the legacy transform behavior, please do the following:

Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).

Type the text below in the text file:TransformProportionalScale 0

Save the file as "PSUserConfig.txt" to your Photoshop settings folder:

Windows: [Installation Drive]:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\

macOS: //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/

Regards,

Sahil

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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What do you do if you can't follow the indicated path to revert to legacy? I can get to library and preferences, but Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 settings are not there.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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Laura,  Install and launch and quit Photoshop CC 2019 at least once to populate that folder. 

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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I did that before posting.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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There are two Library folders on Macs: User level and Top level of your hard drive.

You want the user level one in your Home folder.

In Finder, are you clicking on Go > Home > Library > Preferences > Adobe Photoshop 2019 Settings.

Sounds like you're going to Macintosh HD > Library > Preferences instead.

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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You are right, I did go to Macintosh HD, etc. BUT, when I go Home> ( I don't see library). I even see Adobe CS 6, which is weird. This is

Go >Home. I can't go further.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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BUT, when I go Home> ( I don't see library).

The Library folder is hidden by default.

In Finder (with the Home folder visible), click View > Show View Options and tick the Show Library Folder checkbox at the bottom.

The Library folder should now appear.

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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Thank you for posting this. This helped a ton!

I have now reverted back to the legacy version of the Free Transform options.

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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2018 Nov 08, 2018

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This should really be a preference, you don't change the work flow of customers that have been using and supporting your applications for years on a whim.

But the worst part of this is Illustrator still does this the original way (hold shift to constrain proportions).

Is there really no communication between the developer teams for each application?

I (and I would imagine most others) use the Adobe applications in tandem and it is very frustrating using the exact opposite hot keys for the same transitions in different applications.

I think the transition would be less jarring if it was consistent in all of the Adobe applications.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2019 Mar 26, 2019

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The funny thing is that they now are breaking 2 of the 4 GOLDEN design rules posted by Adobe themselves:

3. Consistency

4. Reducing cognitive load

The 4 Golden Rules of UI Design | Adobe Blog

Don't worry guys, this was all done to make scaling easier for us though!

I don't care if I have to hold shift to scale proportionally, but at least make that the behavior for ALL transforms throughout ALL Adobe applications. '

As it sits now, this is aint it chief.

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New Here ,
Nov 30, 2018 Nov 30, 2018

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It would be fantastic if we could just do this in the preferences pane, I've been using photoshop since version 1 that long a habit on the shift constrain is a tough one to break!

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New Here ,
May 13, 2019 May 13, 2019

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I don't have "Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings" folder in my /Library/Preferences/
Also, Adobe must leave the possibility to donwload an older version if you upgrade to the newest.
I'd like to go back to 2017.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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This is not a bug. It's a new feature in version 20.

New and enhanced features | Latest release of Photoshop CC

See Useability improvements section > "Transform proportionally by default".

There's has been lots of discussion on this in the past few days in these forums. It seems to have split the community. Most people are asking why?

SCALE 2019 VERSION

If you really don't like it to can revert to the behaviour of the past 19 versions by following the steps above.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Thank you for the response, but I don't think you read my question correctly.

I understand that the aspect ratio being locked proportionately is the new default, however, when you click the link button on the top of the screen to deselect it, should that not unlink the proportions? When I use the Free Transform tool, the aspect ratio remains locked whether or not the link button is clicked. Only using the shift key seems to work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Yes, you're right I missed that part. There have been hundreds of questions about the new behaviour recently so I thought this was another.

My apologies. I don't have an answer to your issue at this stage I'm sorry.

I've added a note to the Subject Header to clarify your query to prevent others misreading your question in the same way that I did.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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riiver  wrote

I understand that the aspect ratio being locked proportionately is the new default, however, when you click the link button on the top of the screen to deselect it, should that not unlink the proportions? When I use the Free Transform tool, the aspect ratio remains locked whether or not the link button is clicked. Only using the shift key seems to work.

Hmmm...  I think you might have uncovered a wee oversight.  The same thing is happening for me with Windows 10.  If you can tell us what OS you are using, and if also Windows, it would be interesting if a Mac user could test.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Yes, I am using Windows 10.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Yes It is bug. When I revert to old transform tool using the PSUserconfig.txt the link icon works correctly. When I have Photoshop use the new constrain Transform tool the link control  does nothing the new transform tool has a bug it does not use the link control in the tool option bar.

JJMack

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Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Thank you!

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Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Same behavior with Mac Mojave...

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 18, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

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thanks for posting the bug, I agree, it seems to be a wee oversight in the implementation of the new default behavior.  good catch.

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Engaged ,
Oct 18, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

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Unlink and then you can use Shift and drag without the aspect ratio.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018

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Adobe will fix that bug

JJMack

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