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I've drawn several vector circles (all on different shape layers) in Photoshop and now would like to change their size to make them a bit smaller. Is there a way to do this and have them shrink/grow from the center?

If I select the layer then select the ellipse shape tool I can adjust the size from the tool options but that doesn't make the shape grow/shrink from the center.

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If you are using the fields in the Control Bar to change the size, ensure the 9-point origin is set to the center dot:

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If using Free Transform, hold down Option/Alt+Shift and drag a corner. Option/Alt makes the transformation from the center, and Shift ensures it stays proportional to the original.

  • Wow - now I feel dumb - no idea why I didn't think of free transform before. – maxwelljd Dec 31 '14 at 17:13
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  1. Bring up the Free Transform controls, by hitting CMD+T.
  2. Hold down SHIFT+OPTION while you resize.

This will maintain the object's proportions and allow you to resize from its center.

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