Shift gives you a nasty gift for Christmas 2018.

In every complex tool which involves a lot of controls, we tend to heavily depend on keyboard shortcuts. It makes all our lives easier. You know when your fingers automatically move towards the required combo of keys to be pressed before you even know it? Well, they call it muscle memory. A lot of good it is now. You might have to reprogram that memory a little bit no matter how long it takes!

Photoshop has brought about a few changes in their latest Photoshop release which is Photoshop 2019. Few but major.

Photoshop 2019 Splash Screen
Photoshop 2019

Everyone knows that pressing shift when scaling an image will scale it proportionately. What everyone should also know is that it doesn’t work like that anymore.

You scale without pressing anything, it scales proportionally. If you press shift, it does the opposite. It doesn’t scale proportionally.

The New Shortcut Method for Scaling

This move has resulted in chaos and naturally slammed by designers world over. Shift command to scale proportionally is something which is universal across most of the Adobe apps and few non-Adobe apps too. It’s been something which we have been used to since it’s inception.


Alex Center, ex-design director of Coco-Cola wasn’t too amused by this update of Photoshop. He took to Twitter to slam this update of Adobe.

His tweet received about 500 retweets and 200 comments and I bet ya, all of them would be designers.

“Okaaaay, so scale proportionally is used more often. So pressing an extra key to do that will be a hassle. So let’s remove that.”

Is this what Adobe must have thought?

It doesn’t end here. They also did away with the previous Undo option shortcut [OPT + CMD + Z (CTRL + ALT +Z in Windows) and switched it to CMD + Z (CTRL + Z in Windows). Why Adobe, why?!

Adobe, if you had done this at the very beginning almost decades ago, we would have agreed with you that this is simpler. But sorry, now we have got more used to the Shift + Drag to scale proportionally. Extra key or not, that is simpler for all of us. Revert back, please.


How can we revert it ourselves?

  1. Make sure you have quit Photoshop.
  2. Create a plain text file using Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac.
  3. Type the following line – ‘TransformProportionalScale 0’
  4. Save the file under the name ‘PSUserConfig.txt’
  5. Copy the file to the following location

Windows –  \Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\

Mac – //Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/


That’s it. You have the old legacy scaling back again until Adobe decides to revert it back themselves.