Photoshop CC 2015: Solid Color, Gradient, and Pattern fill layers displayed incorrectly as backdrops in Liquify

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A Solid Color, a Gradient, or a Pattern fill layer is not displayed correctly as a backdrop in Liquify.

How to recreate the issue:

Create a new document, add a new layer and draw something on it that does not take the entire document canvas, a small rectangle for example.
Set your foreground color swatch to blue.
Create a Solid Color fill layer. It will initially be that blue color, but change it to a red color before clicking OK.
Now select that first layer with the rectangle (or whatever) and choose Filter>Liquify...
Check the Show Backdrop checkbox, make sure the opacity is higher than 0 so you can actually see the backdrop.
Now choose the Solid Color layer for your backdrop from the "Use" combobox.

Surprise! The solid color is blue instead of red!

Now cancel the Liquify window and save your document as .psd and close it.
Now open that document again and Liquify the rectangle layer again. If you choose the same Solid Color as backdrop again, this time it will be completely transparent.

It's even worse for Gradient or Pattern fill layers, you can never make them show as backdrops at all.

Tested in Photoshop CC 2015.1.2 for Windows
Photo of adenry


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