Photoshop - holding shift not constraining proportions when resizing

New Here ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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I updated my CC today and now my shift button is not constraining proportions.

I have tried it with no other programs open so I don't think that key commends in other apps are affecting it.

This is a big problem! Is this a setting now? Am I missing something? Help!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 02, 2020 Jan 02, 2020
“For example, for years and years Control + D was used for "duplicate" in every Adobe program of the suite.”   Hi I’ve been using Adobe products for several decades and Ctrl+D (Cmd+D on Mac) is the one I use most often to show inconsistencies. Here’s how it works in the four programs I use. I have no problems keeping it straight and it’s never an issue for me. Photoshop: Select > Deselect Illustrator : Edit > Duplicate last transformation InDesign: File > Place Acrobat: File > Properties   I’m c...

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New Here , Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020
Thank you Jane. This will resolve everyones issue with this. I know it has been driving me crazy since the first day Adobe pushed this update and I finally had enough.  The only problem with the solution is it's on page 3. Hopefully Adobe moves this to the first page as a Fixed resolution.

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New Here ,
Aug 15, 2020 Aug 15, 2020

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This is really handy for those of us who have been using the product since version 1. I can't tell you how nice it is to have someone decide to change something that has become an industry standard in ALL CREATIVE APPS since the 1980s. It just goes to show that millenial developers really do know what is best for all of us. Now it should only take me about ten years to unlearn a lifetime of muscle memory. Really. You know I think the standard copy and paste key commands are really getting stale. You should give them a refresh.

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New Here ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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I guess this question is answered but I agree with the above - this is really counterintuitive. I can understand if this change was made everywhere but what a WILD RIDE we're on to have to learn it in once specific place.

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Participant ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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I agree, carolynp. A horrible inconsistent feature. I don't know who thought this one was a good idea... but it isn't!! Definitely a thumbs down from me.

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Advisor ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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As inconsistent as the GUI of the several applications. Just compare Photoshop and Illustrator, for example the "Close application" button...

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New Here ,
Apr 15, 2019 Apr 15, 2019

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It is ridiculous that adobe updated this and didn't even leave an option to go back. People have been using that function for decades. And also my brain doesn't work if I don't hold shift. oh my god!

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Explorer ,
Apr 16, 2019 Apr 16, 2019

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"And also my brain doesn't work if I don't hold shift. oh my god!"

LOL! Tell me about it -
I'm at the point now, there is absolutely no re-training behavior learned in 1999 and used daily. Especially now that I am using sketch and illustrator as daily tools and the all have small simple behavior differences that make it really tricky to be quick and smooth throughout my tasks.

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019

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WHY DO YOU HATE ME? You understand it's been 20 years of Photoshop since the first and my ring finger will automatically hit the shift key anyway, right? And now instead of working I'm yelling on a forum trying to figure this out and OH MY GOD WHY WOULD YOU CHANGE THIS ON ME NOW???? Fire whoever decided this. I'm not kidding. They clearly don't understand your users. I can't stand updates anymore. I wait until it's forced on me and then I hold my breath for this jackassery to start.

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Participant ,
May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019

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I agree! It's really like WTF??? Heads come to the meeting, hitting the bong and they say: 'today we are gonna change transform from shift to alt but we keep other application as it is!'

And seriously. Ai is different, Ae is different, Ps is different? Why for fack sake they pointlessly change something when no needed?

Not sure if this is kind of conspiracy against user to find out how they will react. Because looks like I'm getting old for changes for something what really works absolutely fine. Imagine gov is going to change traffic directions?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 23, 2019 May 23, 2019

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Please be nice to us! we volunteer and try to help!

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New Here ,
May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019

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Gotta chime in here myself - Takes a lot for me to actually complain, but it is indeed very very frustrating to have to work and retrain what was a perfectly efficient workflow habit. Especially with the inability to at least revert to the standard or traditional way of doing things. I thought I was going crazy when it switched over.

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Contributor ,
Jun 02, 2019 Jun 02, 2019

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+1 for this absolutely unnecessary "enhancement". I see this as a solution looking for a problem. As someone who has actively used Photoshop since version 2.0, this change makes no sense whatsoever. Long time users develop muscle memory for certain tools, and a change like this show zero regard for end users. If it ain't broke, PLEASE don't fix it.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 12, 2019 Jun 12, 2019

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I got your feedback right here: this new "feature" SUCKS. Seriously, why would you do this?

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New Here ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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This new feature makes me very sad/mad.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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Good news for people who don't like the new Free Transform behaviour.  V20.0.05 now has a Preference setting to return to the old Shift key constrains aspect ratio behaviour.

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New Here ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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Excellent, thanks!!

I'd been using the older PSUserConfig.txt solution and it looks like the recent update broke that. Checking Use Legacy Free Transform is exactly what I needed though. Resizing raster images and shapes behave in the same manner once again.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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Checking Use Legacy Free Transform is exactly what I needed though.

Yes, glad it's finally arrived even though it should have been in version 20.0.0

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New Here ,
Aug 01, 2019 Aug 01, 2019

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perfect Thank you

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New Here ,
Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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I just signed in for the first time in ages, just to thank you, Trevor_Dennis. This has been driving me crazy for the past year.

 

I finally got fed up and searched Google for why this wasn't working anymore and found this thread. This thread and the 5 other related conversations in the sidebar give me hope that I am not the only one who has this key command embedded in their brain too deeply to remove it. It's made me feel like a noob with one arm tied behind my back to use Photoshop recently. Hopefully they won't screw with too much more... sigh.

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New Here ,
Jun 21, 2019 Jun 21, 2019

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Why would you do this Adobe? This is so stupid!

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New Here ,
Dec 30, 2019 Dec 30, 2019

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Not only a brainless action from Adobe regardless Photoshop and this stupid intent to supposedly facilitate working with the program, but there is much more. The keyboard shortcuts differ a lot from Adobe applications. For example, for years and years Control + D was used for "duplicate" in every Adobe program of the suite. And it's been many versions that in InDesign to duplicate anything one's got to hold Control+Shift+Alt+V. Or When paste in front or paste in back.... or when you use the programs in different language. If the language is spanish, then, for example, Control + A is not SelectAll any more but Open, because in spanish Open is Abrir. Multiple annoyances because they have a lot of programmers that do whatever they want, changing  the commands and the tools... puting a lot of unnecesary functions and removing the useful ones. I just have one word for all of you, Adobe geniouses: YOU ARE SO DAMN IDIOTS. No respect for the professional designers. Sadly, these are the standard tools in this industry and we are slave of you. Thanks God I didn't pay for your mediocre products.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 02, 2020 Jan 02, 2020

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“For example, for years and years Control + D was used for "duplicate" in every Adobe program of the suite.”

 

Hi

I’ve been using Adobe products for several decades and Ctrl+D (Cmd+D on Mac) is the one I use most often to show inconsistencies. Here’s how it works in the four programs I use. I have no problems keeping it straight and it’s never an issue for me.

Photoshop: Select > Deselect

Illustrator : Edit > Duplicate last transformation

InDesign: File > Place

Acrobat: File > Properties

 

I’m curious, though, as to how you are using Adobe products without paying for them?

 

Also, this is a user forum,  and we are professionals who volunteer to assist users who have questions. We do not work for Adobe. 

 

There are two ways to go back to the old behavior:

  1. Preferences > General > Use Legacy Free Transform (lower left)
  2. Click the Link button in the options bar for Free Transform to disable it

 

We are always here when you have a question, Makinsky.

 

~ Jane

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020

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Thank you Jane. This will resolve everyones issue with this. I know it has been driving me crazy since the first day Adobe pushed this update and I finally had enough. 

 

The only problem with the solution is it's on page 3. Hopefully Adobe moves this to the first page as a Fixed resolution.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 05, 2020 Aug 05, 2020

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Came here to say that I rarely use Photoshop (mostly Illustrator) and today was given a time sensitive, EASY project and instead spent 30 min trying to google what the heck happened to the scaling in the Transform tool.

 

This is BEYOND frustrating and unacceptable. Can't believe you have to CHECK a setting to make this happen. You should have to UNCHECK the regular setting because I bet 95% of users do not want their images scaling in wacky ways. It just makes no sense.

 

Also - it's 2020 and this is still an issue they don't care about and haven't bothered to revert back to the original ways.

 

Beginning to hate all Adobe products - it's just a "let's update you every 6 months and move all of the buttons around just for fun to keep you engaged" mentality. I'm sick of these programs!!

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2021 Feb 02, 2021

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Nah, mostly we are using it with constraining the resizing. There should be an invert function and everyone would be happy.

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