Photoshop 2019: Smart Filter/Adjustment Layer Move Issue

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In Photoshop 2019, I've noticed that the Smart Filter/Adjustment (Hue & Saturation in this case) applied to a Smart Object does not seem to be locked to the Smart Object when moving the object. The Smart Filter/Adjustment is a dropdown to the layer and has no apparent linking option to activate. When I move the Smart Object, the original alignment of Smart Filter/Adjustment's mask shifts. My remedy so far is to alter the mask to correct the misalignment. (Again, this mask is in the dropdown portion of the Smart Object layer and has no apparent linking option)
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Cristen Gillespie

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Just a thought—Have you tried making the SO with the Adjustment another SO? I've used this at times when the SO doesn't behave as I'd like. I'm thinking it should then move the two together without getting anything out of alignment. It does mean you have to click to open, then click to open again to edit the original SO—but maybe that's easier than correcting the misalignment. I haven't tested this, so it is just a suggestion of something to try.
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Or use a clipping mask to 'attach' the adjustment to the underlying layer/Smart Object.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I  tend to forget about using an Adjustment layer as a Smart Filter, and isn't that what the OP is talking about? "The Smart Filter/Adjustment is a dropdown to the layer. . . " It would seem it ought to keep everything lined up, but???

I personally worry about something coming unclipped without my noticing, but of course, clipping should keep it all together. I also link layers often to keep them together, which might work here. I can't visualize what the OP is actually doing—I don't recall having a problem like this unless I've unlinked a mask and forgotten. My adjustment layers are virtually always on top, not Smart Filters, if that's what he's using—but there are several ways to try to keep everything together.

BTW—it would be really nice if we could have one mask per Smart Filter, not just per Smart Object layer.  '-}



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Thanks All,
Just for kicks, I tried to repeat the issue, but no luck... Possibly just a fluke?  Thank you for your time.