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

Photoshop CC 2019 shift and scale works differently why Adobe why?

If there is one thing you don’t mess with its standard Photoshop CC keyboard shortcuts. You don’t mess with them—just don’t.

Like how Adobe has done with the new version of Photoshop CC 2019. Shift scale was the default key combination to constrain objects while scaling.

Its been this way since the dawn of man and it’s etched into every designer’s brain. I’ve created thousands of images, and mockups and tons of stuff relying on that shortcut.

With great power comes great responsibility

Adobe in their wisdom has decided to change that. Now it constrains automatically without shift.

In fact, if you now hold shift it does the exact opposite of what you would expect. It now scales non-uniform—WTF? Why Adobe? Don’t be messing with my Photoshop.

My brain hurts—Thanks Adobe

A bit drastic, but I can only think this is Adobe’s way of letting us older designers loose our shit. Don’t they know that we have spent 20 years using those same key combinations? 20 years Adobe! 20 f’ing years.

Our brains can’t adapt to change like they once could. Yeah, basically we are old farts—and this stuff makes us moan and write nasty blog posts and stuff.

Don’t force it—something has to give

When you force me to learn a new key combination something else gets pushed out of my brain. Something has to give, and for me, it’s normally my pin number for my bank card.

I love that pin number—don’t make me forget it, I will starve.

You can change camera designs but never mess with Photoshop Keyboard shortcuts

You can change camera designs but never mess with Photoshop CC Keyboard shortcuts

Adapt or Die

Okay, jokes aside you can either put up with the new change and hope it sinks in or you can turn that option off. Like ripping off a plaster, do it quickly or do it slowly.

Personally, I’m going to stick with this new way of working and hope my brain catches up—I’m ripping off the plaster.

If however, you want your photoshop Shift + Scale back or as the hipsters say “Return to the legacy transform method” then read on

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

To revert to the legacy transform behaviour, 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/

p.s I do love the new options on content aware fill—you should check that out its bloody awesome.

That is all.

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