Disable Transform Proportionally in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 allows you to transform proportionally by default. No more holding down the shift key!

If you’re a regular Photoshop user, this may be a little frustrating because using the shift key to transform your images has become second nature.

Don’t despair. Adobe has offered an easy way to disable this feature.

The Fix

[EDIT: This fix will work if you have not yet updated to version 20.0.5]

Without further adieu, here’s how to disable the new proportional scaling by default behavior while transforming layers. You can find this right in Adobe’s help section on their website, BUT if you’re following their directions while using a later version of Mac OS, you may be stumped on where to find the Library.

For complete instructions on disabling the transform proportionally by default feature while on a later version of Mac OS, keep reading…

Note: You can do the following with Photoshop open or closed, but either way, you’ll have to relaunch Photoshop in order for changes to take place.

  • Create a plain text file (.txt) with this single line of text:
    TransformProportionalScale 0
  • 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 later Mac OS versions
  • Open Preferences
  • Open Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings
  • Drag your new PSUserConfig.txt into this folder (Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings)
  • Relaunch Photoshop

Thank you for reading! Hopefully this helps a few frustrated Photoshop users.

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5 Comments on “Disable Transform Proportionally in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019”

  1. Pingback: Disable Transform Proportionally in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 | Adobe Tool

  2. I am so, so annoyed by this update. I spent 5 minutes trying to understand if I had pressed some sort of button that was canceling out Shift or if my Mac was being glitchy. Then, I remembered I updated Photoshop, so I came here to find out this is a thing that the developers did on purpose. What kind of monsters remove the Shift function without sending out a mass warning to let users know they are fundamentally changing how one of the most used scale methods work? 

  3. Definitely a notable change for Photoshop. Hopefully our tips were helpful. Thank you for writing in!

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  5. Sure thing, Greg! Happy to help, and thank you so much for visiting!

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