Transform in Photoshop CS 2019 is maddening. How do I get it back to normal?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2018

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Everything is wrong about it. Things jump over the place unexpectedly. Keys don't perform as expected. I've turn on the anchor point or whatever they're calling it now, and its still completely broken. It is unusable and I'm rolling back to the last version. This is infuriating and stupid.

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Read the update information and add the configuration file document ine the update.

Transform proportionally by default

Photoshop now transforms most layer types (such as pixel layers, type layers, bitmaps, Placed Smart Objects) proportionally by default. Shapes and paths, that is vectors, still transform non-proportionally by default.

When transforming a layer, you no longer need to hold down the Shift key while dragging a corner handle to resize a selected layer to constrain its proportions. Anytime you drag a corner handle during transform and move it, the layer resizes proportionally. Holding down the Shift key now resizes non-proportionally when you drag a corner handle during transform.

To resize a layer proportionally during transform, do the following:

  1. Select the layer(s) you want to resize in the Layers panel.
  2. Press Command + T (Mac) / Control + T (Win). Alternatively, choose Edit > Free Transform.
  3. Drag a corner handle on the bounding box to resize the layer.
  4. Commit the changes.

How do I turn off the new proportional scaling by default behavior while transforming layers?

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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Read the update information and add the configuration file document ine the update.

Transform proportionally by default

Photoshop now transforms most layer types (such as pixel layers, type layers, bitmaps, Placed Smart Objects) proportionally by default. Shapes and paths, that is vectors, still transform non-proportionally by default.

When transforming a layer, you no longer need to hold down the Shift key while dragging a corner handle to resize a selected layer to constrain its proportions. Anytime you drag a corner handle during transform and move it, the layer resizes proportionally. Holding down the Shift key now resizes non-proportionally when you drag a corner handle during transform.

To resize a layer proportionally during transform, do the following:

  1. Select the layer(s) you want to resize in the Layers panel.
  2. Press Command + T (Mac) / Control + T (Win). Alternatively, choose Edit > Free Transform.
  3. Drag a corner handle on the bounding box to resize the layer.
  4. Commit the changes.

How do I turn off the new proportional scaling by default behavior while transforming layers?

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 ,
Oct 21, 2018

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I did. It still jumps around unexpectedly. Holding Command while moving a corner anchor will only move it in one axis, not both.

Have you actually tried using it or are you just copying and pasting their awful release notes?

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Oct 21, 2018

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You may have a Mac problem it does not jump around on windows.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 21, 2018

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I have heard as well from others that there are transform inconsistencies on macOS that are not seen on Windows.  In one case a complete preferences reset was said to have helped correct the issue.  This is second hand - I can never say for certain whether the things other folks report are accurate, since they may have tried several things and ultimately hit on something, then attributed the result to the wrong fix.

In any case, it might not hurt to reset your preferences.  There's now a way to select that from the General Photoshop Preferences panel...  Then you close/quit and restart Photoshop.

Prefs.png

-Noel

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 21, 2018

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Hi Noel, great to have you back on board.

Speaking for CC2019 and MacOS 10.13.6   I have a backup Macbook Pro testing out Mojave or 10.14. (I noted your advice about swapping out a perfectly working OS for a new one and complaining that apps don't work.)

Now as to Free Transform or Cmd + T  I really like the new behavior. I'd rather not have to hold down the Shift key to keep my images' original aspect ratio. If I hold down Option/Alt while dragging the handles, it resizes from the center of the image and keeps things proportional. Maybe I'm not running a lot of images like others, but habits can be relearned. So nothing weird on the Mac side.

I also have Legacy Compositing checked on under Preferences > Performance because of Blending Mode glitches. My Intel HD 4000 card is 6 years old. So that might be something to check if the behavior is a bit shaky.

Gene

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New Here ,
Oct 23, 2018

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I'm noticing the same jumping around problem on Mac.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 29, 2018

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I applied the suggested fix in the setting folder and happily it has restored the former way of transforming. There was no need to change this in my opinion. Frankly, I could have gotten used to the new way over time, but the really maddening thing is that on my Macs when holding the shift key to allow non-proportional scaling, the image edge will pop and jump all over the place, removing any ability to be precise, to say the least. I'm talking jumping by many tens of pixels at a time and flashing on and off in the process. Wasn't this tested by anyone????

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New Here ,
Oct 23, 2018

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@JJMack Thank you for your clear instructions on how to turn this maddening "feature" off! It makes me crazy that these changes are made with seemingly no user prepping. Of course I've learned my lessons (burned might be a better word) that no way am I allowing Adobe to automatically update anything ever again. I'm reading the release notes first! And I'll decide if and when I update because these seemingly minor changes have a direct impact on my bottom line. And I still can't find information in their "help" about what modifies what in the new. They seem to think that I have time to watch videos which I don't.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 21, 2018

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Hi check following video in which you see new updates of Photoshop CC 2019

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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2018

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What? This is a video of 2018? Not 2019?

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2018

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Uninstall and roll back to v.2018!!!!

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2018

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I'm in the camp that the shift key change is completely messing with our minds here.

Could the jumping around you're referring to be the snapping to axis' when you're using the command key for perspective transforming? If that's the case you need to additionally hold down the shift key as well now to make it freeform.

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Oct 26, 2018

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SUPER EASY FIX! Just drag this TextEdit file to your PS preferences!

1.  First, simply create a new TextEdit file and title it PSUserConfig
2.  Then paste this into it: TransformProportionalScale 0
3.  I'm no coder, so I'm not sure if it matters, but the typeface is Menlo (See attached image for reference)
4.  Save to desktop or wherever

Go to finder:  Click the Go dropdown menu > hold down option key > Library > Preferences > Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings > Drop file PSUserConfig.txt in there (just loose is fine)

Restart Photoshop

Transform should be back to normal!

Screen Shot 2018-10-26 at 12.17.12 PM.png

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 26, 2018

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I should have mentioned, I did this PSUserConfig text file before posting. That only fixed part of it, the rest of free transform was still working completely abnormally. I would better describe what it was doing incorrectly or record a quick video, however I uninstalled it and went back to Photoshop CS 2018 as this was the quickest fix with deadlines looming.

If I ever get the courage to attempt CS 2019 again, I'll see if its still doing it and post better examples. I'm not holding my breath though, as the new features don't seem to even come close to outweighing the cost of time lost due to workflow interruption.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 27, 2018

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You might want to consider watching for a patch to be released by Adobe before giving it another shot.  Adobe does update their software from time to time to fix bugs.

Also note that you can easily have Photoshop CC 2018 and 2019 installed at the same time.  Just instruct Creative Cloud not to uninstall the prior version to maintain the use of it.  The Creative Cloud application can maintain both versions for you.  You just have to make some different selections in pull-down menus.

-Noel

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Nov 20, 2018

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Jiweeon Thank you so much. MVP goes to you. I was going mad trying to figure out how to do this on my home computer. On my work computer, I was able to follow the patch notes on day 1 and it was never an issue. However I had to finish some work at home and tried to do the same thing, but for whatever reason my home computer didn't have the same folder layouts. Followed your advice on finding the Library in the Go tab of Finder and it did the trick.

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