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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  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.


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, 2014 at 17:13

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