Photoshop: Adjust Free Transform box to better fit layer content.

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I would love to have the ability to reshape the "Free Transform" box (i.e. a Right-Click option) such that the corner transform points better align themselves to the content that is selected. For instance if you have a rectangle rotated 45 degrees. Choosing Free Transform gives you horizontal and vertical points. This basically makes it impossible once the object is rotated to accurately distort the shape without a lot of pushing and pulling or warping.

I know this can be done if you were able to start with a Smart Object. This is for all the other content that exists on a layer. For instance, a photo of a door that has an irregular selection and you want to reshape.

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That's one of those cases where we just don't have enough information.

In the case of smart objects, we know the transform from the child document to the parent, and can restore it when you go to transform again.

But in the case of general shapes and pixel layers - we can't do that. All we know is the bounds of the layer at the current time, and we can put a box around that. We don't know the complete history of how the layer was created, and can't go back to the state of previous transforms.
Even trying to automatically fit the shape on the layer will fail most of the time. The limited case where it might work is on certain types of vector shapes, where we know they were created from a certain type of shape (rectangle, rounded rectangle).