Photoshop CC 2019 launched with plenty of new features, but many users have already started to complain about the radical changes in some tools and shortcuts. Luckily, you can revert those settings and use those tools and shortcuts in legacy mode.
With the release of the new Photoshop, more than 20 new features were added, and overall, it is faster and more user friendly. However, some developers thought that changing the undo shortcut would make Photoshop better, so they changed the classic OPT + CMD + Z (CTRL + ALT +Z in Windows) to CMD + Z (CTRL + Z in Windows). First of all, from a user perspective, changing a shortcut is a major step, and for almost all software out there, it is a no-no. The logic behind using shortcuts is saving time, building a muscle memory, and being more efficient when using a program. Changing that shortcut doesn’t provide any benefits. Instead, it slows and confuses the users. Another big change has happened on the transform tool. With the new settings, the shift key is no longer used for keeping the proportions. The distort feature under the transform tool options is almost impossible to use. Until I figured out how to revert these settings back, my workflow interrupted many times. So, please Adobe, please stop it. It is frustrating rather than being innovative.
How to Bring Back the Good Old Transform Tool
To revert this setting back:
- (First, save all your work and close Photoshop)
- Open a plain text file via Notepad (Windows) or Mac OS’ native app
- Type "TransformProportionalScale 0"
- Save the file as a .txt file and name it PSUserConfig.txt
- Copy the file into:
\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings\ (For Windows Users)
/Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Settings/ (For Mac Users)
How to Use the Legacy Undo Shortcut
This is relatively easier to do. First, go to Edit and then click Keyboard Shortcuts. On the pop-up menu, select “Use Legacy Undo Shortcuts,” and click OK. That’s it, your new Photoshop CC 2019 will work the same way you’ve been used to.