Underrated REFERENCE POINT In Free Transform – Photoshop 2022!

When we use Free Transform in Adobe Photoshop, we automatically assume that we can’t control the direction of rotation or scale – instead it always just starts from the center of the object. However, in this video, we’ll be discovering how you can use the reference point to control this direction – similar to an anchor point in After Effects!

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Free Transform: Cmd + T… (Windows: Ctrl + T)
Triangle Tool: U
Move Tool: V
Create regular shape: Hold Shift in Free Transform
Allow scale with reference point: Hold Option… (Windows: Hold Alt)

[Create Multiple Duplicates]
Step 1: Cmd + Option + T… (Windows: Ctrl + Alt + T)
Step 2: Cmd + Shift + Option + T… (Windows: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + T)

To find the reference point when Free Transforming in Adobe Photoshop, simply enable Free Transform (shortcuts above!) and then go to the top left-hand corner of the parameters and select the first checkbox. You can reposition the reference point by using the grid to the right of the checkbox, or by holding and dragging it with you cursor. Rotation automatically follows the new reference point, but to enable scale working with it too hold Option (or Alt for Windows) and it should work. You can also set Photoshop to automatically enable the reference point in Photoshop’s preferences.

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0:00 How to create a triangle in Photoshop
1:06 What is a reference point in Free Transform?
1:53 Where is the reference point in Photoshop?
3:01 How to automatically enable the reference point
3:34 Speedy duplicate shortcut in Photoshop
4:51 How to scale with the reference point in Photoshop

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