Photoshop: Add option to ignore DPI when placing images

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Like many people, we do not work with print, and what counts is the resolution of an image not it's dpi setting. it would be great if there was an option to tell photoshop to ignore dpi infos of images when dragging and dropping them into an existing document. 
Sometimes it happens that we export frames from after effects as PNGs and they end up with 1 dpi which result in photoshop being unable to import into a document with 72 dpi. 
In cases like this it would be great if we can tell photoshop to import images as smart layers using their resolution, not their dpi.
I hope this makes sense and there will be a solution as this is a major headache!
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Yes. This. It drives me bonkers that you can have a high dpi smart object that is linked to a low dpi master document and its "scale" in the transform tool is something like 5.12% when the pixel dimensions would make it more like 25% actual in the active document space.

I write a lot of scripts and the transform function only takes a percentage scale (in both ExtendScript and raw action manager code), but the transform is relative to current scale... and scale is calculated with DPI of the smart object in relation to the active document... so instead of setting scale to 50%, you have to calculate the current scale, get the dpi and canvas size of the smart object, compare that against the dpi of the active document, calculate the relative percentage needed to scale to your *target* percentage and then finally apply the transform.
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Totally agree. This drives me crazy too. What makes it even worse is that the SO's don't even have any indication that they've been scaled.
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I heartily agree with this as well. I use Photoshop extensively for my job and semi-frequently for personal use. The overwhelming majority of everything I work on is destined for digital display only, where pixel dimensions are the only dimensions I care about. A simple toggle in preferences for "prioritize DPI" vs "prioritize pixel count" would be an excellent addition!

Many of the graphics and photos I work with come from wildly different sources with DPIs ranging from 72 to 600. While manually re-scaling inserted graphics isn't difficult, it gets very annoying when doing it for more than half of all the graphics I bring in.