MUST-KNOW PHOTOSHOP HACK: Bring Back The SHIFT KEY Proportional Scale and Transform

Hi, welcome back to the I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you a very
important hack for Photoshop CC 2019. Okay, let’s get started. In Photoshop CC 2019, you probably already
know that there is a big change in the way that Photoshop works. One of the user experience enhancements is
the proportional scale. That means that when you press
Ctrl T, Command T,
to transform, you no longer have to hold Shift to scale a layer proportionately, and if you hold the Shift key, then you can do a free scale. So this is confusing to a lot of Photoshop
users, especially to users that were used to the old method of scaling layers. Also, that can be confusing for beginners
because, if you’re transforming a vector object, like this one here,
when I press Ctrl T, Command T,
to transform, it doesn’t scale proportionately without holding the Shift key. So you still have to hold the Shift key to
scale in proportion. So if you want to bring back Photoshop to
behave like the older versions, there is a hack that you can do, and I’m going to show
you how it works. I’m going to start by deleting this layer,
then I will close Photoshop, I don’t need to save this file, and I’ll open up the notepad. In the Mac, you can use a plain text file. Then place this command line in it. By the way, I’ll place a link right below,
in the description, to my website, where you can copy and paste this command, and also,
I’ll place the written instructions. But, anyway, after you place this command,
you can go into File, Save, and then go into your Photoshop settings, which are found in
your Installation Drive. For me, it’s Local Disk C. Users, the username
of your computer. In my case, it’s New. App Data, Roaming, Adobe, Adobe Photoshop
CC 2019, Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings. Then you can save the file in this folder,
and the filename that you want to give it is PSUserConfig.txt, and I’ll just paste that
on here and click on Save. And by the way, the file path will be different
for the Mac, and this overlay shows you the file path for both Windows and Mac. Then I can close the notepad, and I can open
Photoshop, and I’ll open up the same file, and if I click on the padlock and then press
Ctrl T, Command T, to transform, notice now that I can free scale the layer, and if I
want to scale proportionately, I can hold Shift like I used to before, and scale. So that hack allows you to bring back the
old method of scaling layers. If you want to know more about new features
of Photoshop CC 2019, check out my video. This is actually the YouTube thumbnail that
I used. I’ll place a link right below, in the description,
so you can see all the updates and everything that changed in this new version. And I want to take this opportunity to give
a big shout out to the people of the Photoshop Training Channel Facebook group. This is actually how I found out about this
hack. If you come into the group and you click on
Files, there’s all these files that we’ve been adding for different things in Photoshop. And one of those was the Revert to Legacy
PDF, which was uploaded by one of my admins, Ed, and it was based on a tip shared by, I
believe that’s pronounced Sam Gubler. So this is how I found about it and it’s actually
on Adobe’s website as well. But I just wanted to mention that these resources
are available. If you haven’t already, join the Photoshop
Training Channel group. I’ll place a link to it in the description,
and a big shout out to my moderator, Ed. He’s been watching over the group, now that
I’ve been really busy working on projects for Adobe. So thank you very much, Ed. Also, let me know down in the comments below
if you like the new method of transforming layers, or the old method, and why. Also, let me know if you found this hack useful. And by the way, if you think that this video
will help out a friend, feel free to share it. If this is your first time on the Photoshop
Training Channel, don’t forget to click on that Subscribe and Notification buttons. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you at the next tutorial.


  1. 416Morgan November 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I usually love your content, I found this to be a waste of your time.

  2. vinnie Ruddy November 7, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    What's the problem, this new version makes so much more sense. People just don't like having to get used to new things. I'm sure everyone i lamenting auto confirm, too

  3. Brad Allen November 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    This is great, but I haven't been able to get it to work for the CROP tool; not being able to freely crop sucks

  4. As I Ride November 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    This hack was much needed… Thank You Team.

  5. Steve Strummer November 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    #Jesús – many thanks for this. I just have a couple of quick questions before I do this – 1) Is it reversible? 2) Does it also remove the scaling from the crop tool?

  6. Jeffrey T November 7, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you! I just discovered the change the other day and was wondering what happened! Will definitely add this hack to my settings!

  7. deepu san November 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    thank you so much for this hack

  8. Dina J November 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Awesome, thank you so much. Thank God there is a hack to return it back to the way it was. It is was driving me crazy trying to scale. My motto is, if it is not broken , why fix it. 😉

  9. Erica Dyson November 8, 2018 at 5:15 am

    How I wish they hadn't changed the scale transform. It messes me up. Now you've helped me get back to 'normality'!

  10. cervoo November 8, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Oh…thanks mate!!

  11. Rod Shelley November 8, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Now that I've gotten used to it, I kind of prefer the new transform behavior. Love the new Content aware edit feature also. The only thing that seems flaky is the frames feature. It doesn't always do what I'm expecting…

  12. Joosbo November 8, 2018 at 11:52 am

    The new method does not help, except to confuse users. It was not necessary to do CC2019, it was enough to make an update on CC2018 with a box to use the new method, but for adobe the main thing is to make new version to incite the people to buy what m ' more and more.

  13. freedomearthmoon1 November 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    This is how Photoshop Elements has always behaved "I believe" Plus,being a video editor, this is normal behaviour when editing videos. The new way is actually better.Holding Shift is an extra move that's required to avoid distortion. It's just a habit that will take a little time to break.

  14. Agato Zulu November 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    i still like the old way of transforming because changing from illustrator or indesign to photoshop is very confusing, specially if the other new adobe programs are still using the old method of transforming

  15. Ryan Saul November 8, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    YES!!!!! Da man!!!

  16. MrCJBG November 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Is there a way to do the opposite? Where you can change the functionality of the vector shift scaling? I actually prefer the new way where you press shift to enable free transform, I would like the vector art to work the same way. Think that's possible?

  17. Alex Lin November 9, 2018 at 5:48 am

    hi, how to do this in macOS? plz let me know ASAP! It's very useful ! thank you!

  18. Suriyan Studio November 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Seper Job. Nice. I Want Search This Problem. Thanks PTC

  19. Ham Jambon November 9, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    as a stubborn old man this worked wonders!

  20. Catalin November 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Much better without shift 😉

  21. Steve Solves MS November 10, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    The paths listed won't work in Mac Mojave. Do follow the instructions to create the "PSUserConfig.txt" file. 

    But instead do the following at this point:
    Save the file on your desktop as “PSUserConfig.txt” (Unicode (UTF-8) is just fine)
    While in your Finder, click on Go
    Hold down option, and you’ll see Library pop up. It’s hidden in the Mojave version
    Open Preferences
    Open Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings
    Drag your new PSUserConfig.txt into this folder (Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings)
    Relaunch Photoshop

  22. Steve LeMaster November 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Can't use this on my Macbook Pro 🙁

  23. Yishi Nimmo November 11, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Adobe… consistency… I just want consistency. If this change was applied to all scaling across all programs in the suite then I would make the effort to get use to it. It might be ok if all you use is PS, but or those of us that move between, AI, ID, AE etc, this lack of consistency has always been an issue, but this is extra annoying. It's like that shitty scrubby zoom, PS is the only app that works like that and it's annoying as hell.

  24. Disturbed Shifty November 12, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    So I was just told on Reddit that unchecking the "constrain aspect ratio" in the tool option's menu will fix this problem. Any truth to that?

  25. Sara Blake November 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks so much for posting. Absolutely despise the new transform. 15 year PS user. Has cost me so much time and stress flopping around just trying to get my work done under time constraints, and on the back of that, time searching forum to find a fix, then "fixing" the wrong thing, then creating more workflow problems, etc. Boo Adobe 🙁 So frustrating.

  26. Cheurtra November 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I see a lot of comments saying that this new behaviour makes more sense. You're right, but in that case, WHY the others CC2019 app do not behave like that ?? Adobe can't release apps that works differently; If they want their users to change their shortcuts habits, they have to change it in all their apps. Doing this in photoshop only is ridiculous.

  27. Photoshopeando November 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Hello Jesus! Generally, I try to adapt to this kind of changes, but this time around, I found myself working in a less productive way with the new system, so after 2 weeks, I decided to roll back to the previous way of transforming (I was lucky to find this hack in the Adobe forums). I even made a video on my channel with my reasons for prefering the old method over the new one – they are these ones:

    – First, like you say, pixel transforms and vector transforms are handled with a different criterium. Maybe there's a reason for that, but it introduces an inconsistency that is really confusing to me (I have to check what kind of layer I'm on everytime I'm about to transform something).
    – I regularly perform selection transformations (specially, to modify an elliptical marquee selection so that it perfectly encompass an elliptical irregular shape in my image) – I think this kind of transformation is not-proportional by nature, so, I was finding myself pressing Shift all the time, when I never had the need to, until this change.
    – As far as I'm concerned, the "new transform" renders the good-old Content Aware Scale useless, unless we press Shift everytime. I mean, does Content Aware Scale serve any practical purpose if it always defaults to transforming proportionally? So, again, I was finding myself pressing Shift everytime (as opposed to the "old" behavior, where I can use the tool without pressing any extra key).
    – And last but not least, there's an extra change introduced with the new method that I wasn't aware of initially: now, the side handles (the ones in the middle of the top/bottom and left/right sides) also transform proportionally (previously, they always worked in a single dimension). As with the first point (vector/pixel transforms), I think this is inconsistent and unnecessary – the corner handles do control 2 dimensions, and I can understand the change, but I think the side handles are unidimensional and should have been left as they were.

    What I'd really like to know is your personal preference… if you want to share it, of course. Thanks for your video and have a great day!

  28. mikej747 November 14, 2018 at 3:34 am

    I cannot find an answer to this; Do I need Creative Cloud in order to use Photoshop, and am I paying for Creative Cloud? I don't want or need it, all I want and need is Photoshop.

  29. Naren Media Works November 14, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks a lot..!!

  30. Matheus Palma Designer November 14, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Very good!!

  31. BODYSNATCHA November 15, 2018 at 9:29 am

    yea i think i want to go back to the old ctrl+shift too. thanks !!

  32. Otávio L. Leite November 15, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks a lot dude!!

  33. Timothy Hodges November 16, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Sir….. Thank you

  34. Kim Taylor November 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much!

  35. Kelsen Archioli November 28, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Congratulations Jésus… very very good your tip!!!!!

  36. JB November 30, 2018 at 2:35 am

    New. Progress.

  37. I photoU December 7, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    great info for those that rely heavily on their workflow as I do, however ive been using photoshop since PS 3.0 back in 1994 so ive gone through a few changes, LOL. I usually adapt and within a few sessions ive incorporated any new changes to my workflow. now i wish there was a hack to bring back picture packages

  38. Jeanne Bertolina December 26, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Thanks so much for this tip. I can't for the life of me understand how Adobe would think it is a good idea to have something work differently in different situations. All one way or the other please. This is not just resisting change, it's really a bad and confusing move. Also, I think that when I rasterized either type or a smart object the behavior reverted back to the need for the shift key. Can't remember for sure, but I'm not going back to find out. Anyway, it was a mess, and I was constantly getting the opposite of what I wanted and having to step back to do it over. I don't like Adobe deleting the center point by default either. Yes it's a pain to pick it up by mistake, but I rotate elements often, mostly not from the center, and panicked when I couldn't figure out how to get my rotate point back. Then I remembered to look in your video, which I had watched weeks before the product release. Adobe should send out an alert on all upgrades to let people know how to get rid of their "improvements," which may be good for some people, but are a royal pain in the ass to others. And it should be easy to revert.

  39. Curtis Rice January 11, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I already figured this out from online searching, BUT THIS IS GREAT THAT YOU HAVE A VIDEO ON THIS. THANK YOU. To bad Adobe couldn't leave this alone.

  40. Way2ManyWaffles January 13, 2019 at 5:29 am

    You're a legend. Thank you for this!

  41. Amy Fastenau January 15, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!! I will be swearing much less now.

  42. Moises Segovia January 30, 2019 at 7:44 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! this has been VERY annoying.. but they just release an update fixing the problem the v20.0.2 my bad, it doesn't fix anything.

  43. Rashid AlBuflasa February 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    i love you

  44. Yu Joe February 2, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Thanks!!!! this one save my ass~~

  45. Tharaka Aththanayaka February 4, 2019 at 9:11 am


  46. Fraser Mitchell February 4, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Adobe has made some stupid arbitrary changes in the past, but this is just so out of whack and inconsistent.

    User Experience Enhancement? Please… rolleyes

  47. Believe The Science February 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you for this tip. Its saving my life.

  48. Listoric February 7, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    You Sir are my hero. The Photoshop developer seem to be Thanos fans, as with every good feauture a horrible decision is introduced as well. Balanced, as it all should be I guess… Thanks alot, now I can actually work again.

  49. Werner Bruder February 14, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Doesnt work on high sierra

  50. LXXNE February 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    TransformProportionalScale 0

  51. Zsombor Sándor February 19, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Huge thanks! 🙂 Great and helpful video!

  52. manickam M February 26, 2019 at 5:20 am

    mac not show the photoshop setting files

  53. Lindsay Boseman February 27, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Absolutely idiotic!!!!

  54. Saged Hasan March 3, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Is there any way to rounded the rectangle frame?

  55. Topias Dean March 12, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for this!

  56. Em Fernandez March 14, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    it doesnt work. on windows. did everything to the T. still working as the new way. I understand why they implemented it this way work better on touchscreen devices…but i'd rather have the old way. my pinky is doing work automatically…gets frustrating. its been that way since 5.5. been doing it that way since 5.5….and why the heck change it if its not broken.

  57. Today's Situation - Rich Walker March 28, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I followed these steps and I still do not have the locked aspect ratio when I restart PS. Can you advise or maybe send the TXT file you created for me to try please?

  58. Nick Ice April 15, 2019 at 11:42 am

    THANK YOU!!! with your help i made my life easier))

  59. Davi Tavares dos Santos April 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    not work for me 🙁

  60. Jason Williamson April 24, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Thanks, solution to a problem that was a trying to be a solution to nothing in the first place. If it isn't broken don't fix it. Seriously stupid design decision, I'd like to personally tell whoever decided to even do this on the team how stupid that idea was and how anyone else on the team let it through to the 2019 build.

  61. Yagot April 25, 2019 at 8:21 am


  62. Juan Pablo Espínola May 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    It worked! Thank you!

  63. Annemette Søgaard Hansen May 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Thank You so much!

  64. Tio Zumba May 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Hey man! I´m really really so happy with this hack! Tank you so much!!! And if you sneeze: God bless you! 😀

  65. Wooji Sushi May 10, 2019 at 10:08 am

    thank you for the tutorial. I've used Photoshop for 10 years and SO MAD about the changes they made for 2019, like this one and undo redo. Even though undo redo has a quick way to solve, still annoying.

  66. Justin T. May 10, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    How the fk is this an enhancement =_=''

  67. addk3 May 11, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Thank you so much!!!!?

  68. BOBSMITH May 19, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    YOU are a lifesaver! THANK YOU JESUS! (death to all newbies that inspired Adobe to implement this change!)

  69. Rudolf Janse van Vuuren May 29, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Freakin Adobe is so stupid :/

  70. Inácio Henrique May 31, 2019 at 1:48 am

    It Doesn't work D:

  71. Dennis Tundrea June 2, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Great thx !

  72. Josh Graham June 4, 2019 at 1:58 am

    life saver

  73. Yandong Qiu June 4, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Jesus Thank you!!

  74. Amr Mahrous June 9, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    it's work thanks

  75. David Steward June 11, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Super helpful and well explained. Thanks.

  76. Apurba Sarker June 14, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Thank You. You are a superman and God bless you.

  77. BOBSMITH June 18, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I made the horrible mistake and updated photoshop CC, and now the hack doesn't work. the PSUserconfig file is still there, but it no longer works. Help! (EDIT: found a solution, I reverted back to version 20.0.4 which the Creative Cloud App allows you to install previous versions)

  78. Kodiak Graphics June 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    As of June 2019 this method does not work for me. But instead, you can go to Edit>Preferances>General and put a checkmark on the Use Legacy Free Transform box. Then it worked out.

  79. Joe Omeiza June 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks a lot, this was very helpful

  80. Photoshop Training Channel June 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    PTC Facebook Group

    Photoshop CC 2019 Tutorials ►

    Written Instructions ►

  81. Dana Buckingham July 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    This change is the digital equivalent to adding a few images and captions to a textbook in order to skew the pages/index to require students to purchase new, expensive, superfluous editions. Congratulations PhotoShop, your subscription is super relevant and necessary.

  82. Ninja Graphics July 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks doggie dog was really helpful. Screw the new Shift!

  83. Vinit Panchal July 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    hello. i need all setting in photoshop 2019 like photoshop cs3.

  84. Ricky L July 25, 2019 at 3:30 am

    The stupidest change that Adobe has ever made

  85. airlockengage July 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the video. Adobe, don't mess with our workflow!

  86. chirag padshala August 24, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Thank You….!!!!!

  87. Katherine Strohlein August 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Awesome tutorial, thanks for setting this up!

  88. Hongbo He September 4, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Note that Adobe has offered a checkbox under Preferences – General, which can be easily changed and PSUserConfig.txt is not needed any more.

  89. Noah Smith September 12, 2019 at 7:44 am

    It doesn't work for my photoshop 🙁

  90. Adrian König September 16, 2019 at 10:56 am

    This fix no longer works as of the 20.0.05 release. There is now a setting under Preferences > General… and check “Use Legacy Free Transform”

  91. MartyJM01 September 20, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for that. Was driving me crazy!

  92. Orlando Sanabria September 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for the video. But WTF Adobe why do we need to hack your software!!!

  93. Carolyn Brown October 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    thank you so much! I was so confused about why this was happening on my CC.

  94. Ronan VD October 15, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    This change is so stupid because it was only applied in Photoshop. In Illustrator I still have to press Shift. It confuses me and my brain wastes a few seconds thinking.

  95. Jakob Sternberg October 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    The idea is good.. IF IT WAS CONSISTENT.. geez

  96. Ali Al-Busaidi October 24, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    thanx to the max

  97. Trabalhos Projeto November 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Estava frustrada porque todos os vídeos eram pra MAC e esse me ajudou muito!!! Meu problema era com deformar a imagem para fazer sombras de pessoas e agora ele resolveu!!!

  98. EstTonyca December 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    You have my subscribe!

  99. thefairdevil December 12, 2019 at 7:23 am

    what tf were they thinking??

  100. CivilizedMenKilledMe January 13, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Save me again, Jesus.

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