Photoshop: Paths become invisible when converted to smart object

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When converting a group of shape layers into a smart object, the result becomes invisible.

Opening the smart object shows that the individual shape layers are invisible, despite no change to opacity, blending mode, path operation, or vector mask properties. The shape remains invisible when attempting to tweak the anchors or add new paths to the vector mask. This behavior even carries into other programs—importing the file into After Effects shows that the layer is still invisible.

I do notice that changing the vector mask density or feathering for any of the shape layers causes all shapes in the group/smart object to reappear, and promptly disappear again when all are set back to 100% density, 0px feathering. Any groups that happen to have density or feathering adjustments also do not become invisible during the smart object conversion.

The shapes also reappear when switching to legacy compositing, although already affected smart objects have to be re-saved after making a change (e.g. toggling visibility).

I am using driver 18.11.1 with a Radeon RX460 on Windows 10.
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nayhem

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you have a sample document of the original document with shape layers and resulting document where they're invisible in the Smart Object that you could post and share a link to?
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With legacy compositing:


Without legacy compositing:


Link to PSD (Dropbox)

Just noticed that Group 1 shows up in the master document, but when opened for editing, all the layers are invisible again.
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Denny Rasberry

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I'm having the same issue :|
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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This should be fixed in the current version of Photoshop, though if you saved previously, you'll need to tickle the Smart Object layer to get it to render correctly (double-click the Smart Object you're having trouble with to open it to edit, toggle the visibility of one the layers off and on, an save the file). The contents should re-render and you should be able to see the missing/invisible layers.