I need to scale a layer, make it smaller. But when I try to scale it down with Edit > Transform > Scale, it's a type of scaling that can change the aspect ratio.

I'm looking for a scale feature that forces the aspect ratio of the layer to be maintained while shrinking or enlarging it.


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The link button in-between the width and height boxes will maintain the aspect ratio.

You can also hold SHIFT while dragging the transform handles.

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As always, the information is in the Photoshop help documentation:

  • 1
    This used to work (I've been using Photoshop since 2.0) but doesn't anymore.
    – user129836
    Nov 23, 2018 at 18:31
  • This does not work in the newest version of Photoshop any longer, but worked in all previous versions.
    – skrilled
    Jan 20, 2019 at 18:41

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