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Free Transform Maintain Aspect Ratio NOT Working

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Oct 16, 2018

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Hi, I've been searching these forums all afternoon and nothing has helped. For some reason, holding down shift when doing free transform does NOT maintain aspect ratio. Additionally, I DO have the lock between the H & W selected.

The shift key on my keyboard does work, and all other shortcuts in Photoshop that include shift key work as well. It's just this one that is giving me problems.

I use Adobe CC, and Photoshop is up-to-date.

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Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

It's a new feature. The old behaviour has been reversed. Default = proportional (constrain). Shift for non-proportional. Few people see any logic in this change.

New and enhanced features | Latest release of Photoshop CC

Plenty of forum posts on this

Scaling Images with shift no longer works after update (20.0)

CC20 transform tool: Shift doesn't keep Aspect ratio

SCALE 2019 VERSION

The new behaviour can be disabled.

To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:

  1. Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).
  2. Type the text below in the text file:

    TransformProportionalScale 0

  3. 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/

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Free Transform Maintain Aspect Ratio NOT Working

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Oct 16, 2018

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Hi, I've been searching these forums all afternoon and nothing has helped. For some reason, holding down shift when doing free transform does NOT maintain aspect ratio. Additionally, I DO have the lock between the H & W selected.

The shift key on my keyboard does work, and all other shortcuts in Photoshop that include shift key work as well. It's just this one that is giving me problems.

I use Adobe CC, and Photoshop is up-to-date.

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Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

It's a new feature. The old behaviour has been reversed. Default = proportional (constrain). Shift for non-proportional. Few people see any logic in this change.

New and enhanced features | Latest release of Photoshop CC

Plenty of forum posts on this

Scaling Images with shift no longer works after update (20.0)

CC20 transform tool: Shift doesn't keep Aspect ratio

SCALE 2019 VERSION

The new behaviour can be disabled.

To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:

  1. Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).
  2. Type the text below in the text file:

    TransformProportionalScale 0

  3. 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/

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It's a new feature. The old behaviour has been reversed. Default = proportional (constrain). Shift for non-proportional. Few people see any logic in this change.

New and enhanced features | Latest release of Photoshop CC

Plenty of forum posts on this

Scaling Images with shift no longer works after update (20.0)

CC20 transform tool: Shift doesn't keep Aspect ratio

SCALE 2019 VERSION

The new behaviour can be disabled.

To revert to the legacy transform behavior, do the following:

  1. Use Notepad (Windows) or a text editor on Mac OS to create a plain text file (.txt).
  2. Type the text below in the text file:

    TransformProportionalScale 0

  3. 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/

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Community Beginner ,
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You're wonderful, thank you! The text file fix worked perfectly.

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You're welcome.

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I wish adobe left this option alone. Completely unnecessary. Any chance we could dump this on future updates?

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Thanks so much!
I have to log in to press the button "LIKE"  for you.

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Community Beginner ,
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Thank you, thank you, thank you John Waller, that's been annoying the hell out of me. What I don't understand is that as it was, the chain link icon to disable maintain aspect ratio did not work (ie it maintained aspect ratio by default, but if you clicked it, nothing changed, you could only disable with the shift button). With your fix, it has re-enabled the chain icon (ie maintain ratio off by default, but click the chain link icon and it activates as it should). If anyone from Adobe reads this, would be good to get that fixed.

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Thank you!

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I too am baffled by this change, it should be a user defined option. I've been using Photoshop for 25 years, since before layers, and it has always been shift to constrain proportions. Since upgrading I have messed up a few images because my finger automatically goes to the shift key.

My problem is that I tried to to the workaround, I saved the txt file, but I don't have a folder in my library: "//Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/". I'm using Mojave 10.14.3, just upgraded, has the system changed and these folders no longer exist?

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Turned on hidden folders, still no "Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings" folder.

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does this help:

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Yes! I found the folder, thanks!

BUT..... I put the PSUser file in the folder, restarted PS, and it still constrains with no shift, and doesn't constrain with shift. Not sure if I did something wrong?

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Community Beginner ,
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I figured it out! The txt file somehow changed to a .rft (?) file, I changed the extension back to .txt and it worked!!!

Thanks Arlo and everyone else. Shame on you, Adobe!

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I just thought I'd add to this. There is an easier way. 

Edit > Preferences > General > Tick mark 'Use Legacy Free Transform'. 

 

This will fix your  Shift key to maintain aspect ratio.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Yes. This discussion all took place before the Legacy Free Transform existed in Preferences.

 

After a community outcry, Legacy Free Transform was added in the 20.0.5 update back in June 2019.

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