How to fix Photoshop Transform not working 2021

How to fix Photoshop Transform not working 2021. In this version, Adobe has changed a number of things, of which the most important in my opinion is the Free Transform tool, which has changed its features a bit. For some updates, Photoshop Transform Tool does not seem to work properly. In this article, Ngolongtech will show you how to fix this error.

Fix Free Transform not working in Photoshop 2021
Fix Free Transform not working in Photoshop 2021

Press the Delete key then Ctrl + T

In the process of working, you want to adjust the size, rotate, and flip the object, but pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T makes the operation impossible. At this point, many people think again that the software is faulty, rather than choosing the right object that it cannot affect. It is possible that when working with the Pen Tool, you accidentally left a small dot on the work area that is not visible. At this point Photoshop will give an error because you can’t have any effect with such an object. The simple way to recover is to press the Delete key and execute the Ctrl command again, it will definitely succeed.

Manually removing preferences files

Manually removing preferences files is the most complete method for restoring Photoshop to its default state. This method ensures all preferences and any user presets which may be causing a problem are not loaded.

  • Quit Photoshop.

  • Navigate to Photoshop’s Preferences folder.

    macOS: Users/[user name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings

    Windows: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop [version]/Adobe Photoshop [version] Settings


    The user Library folder is hidden by default on macOS. To access files in the hidden user Library folder, see How to access hidden user library files.

  • Drag the entire Adobe Photoshop [Version] Settings folder to the desktop or somewhere safe for a back-up of your settings

  • Open Photoshop.

New preferences files will be created in their original location.

How to restore the legacy Free Transform behavior

Step 1: Update Photoshop CC

To restore the original Free Transform behavior, the first step is to update your copy of Photoshop CC. 

Just open your Adobe Creative Cloud app and select the Apps category at the top. Scroll down to Photoshop CC and look at the version number beside its name. The version number should say 20.0.5 or higher. If it doesn’t, and you see an Update button instead of an Open button, click Update:

update your copy of Photoshop CC
update your copy of Photoshop CC

Step 2: Open Photoshop’s Preferences

Next, open the Photoshop Preferences. On a Windows PC, go to Edit > Preferences > General. On a Mac, go to Photoshop CC > Preferences > General. Or you can open the Preferences from your keyboard by pressing Ctrl+K (Win) / Command+K (Mac):

Step 3: Select “Use Legacy Free Transform”

Then in the General category, select the new Use Legacy Free Transform option. Don’t worry about the warning that says the change will take place after you restart Photoshop. The Use Legacy Free Transform option takes effect as soon as you select it. When you’re done, click OK to close the Preferences dialog box:

select the new Use Legacy Free Transform option
select the new Use Legacy Free Transform option

Step 4: Open Free Transform

Select the Free Transform command by going up to the Edit menu and choosing Free Transform, or by pressing Ctrl+T (Win) / Command+T (Mac) on your keyboard:

Step 5: Drag the handles to scale the image

And now when you drag the handles, you’re back to the original Free Transform behavior. Drag any handle to scale the image non-proportionally.

Drag a handle to scale the image with the aspect ratio unlocked
Drag a handle to scale the image with the aspect ratio unlocked

Or press and hold Shift and drag a corner handle to scale the image proportionally. And regardless of which version of Free Transform you’re using, you can always press and hold the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key as you drag a handle to scale the image from its center:

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