A hotkey to make the Transform tool only transform fill patterns.
When dragging with the selection or direct selection tools, or using the rotate, and scale tools to transform an object, you can hold down ~ to only transform its pattern fill. But the free transform tool doesn’t do this. Can we get it to do this?
(As with the rotate, scale, and selection tools, holding down the other modifier keys whole holding down ~ should act as they normally do with the Transform tool.)
There is a ‘transform pattern only’ option in the free transform panel’s menu, but that’s a lot of clicks far away from the thing you’re actively working on, plus it doesn’t actually WORK. No, really, try it. Make a fill pattern, draw a shape with it, check 'transform pattern only', and watch the entire object be transformed along with its fill pattern.
(Actually it is the ` key, no need to hold down shift to get a ~; I just usually refer to it as the ~ because that's easier to distinguish from the '/" key in many fonts.)
I concur with Monika Gause... As a French user with an AZERTY keyboard, I can't access to this feature. Very frustrating...
Monika Gause commented
It's important that whatever key gets assigned will work in any language on any keyboard layout.