Photoshop CC place linked object transforms out of proportion.

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An illustrator file place-linked in photoshop CC scales out of proportion when I try to transform it. Any idea why this happens? It almost feels like a bug. Please help.
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It could be due to a document with a non 1:1 aspect ratio, or if it's a small difference it could be due to pixel boundary snapping (so that the edges land on whole pixel edges).

We're going to need more information to reproduce what you are seeing...
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Hi Chris, Thanks for the prompt response. I'll attach a screenshot to show you what I mean.

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See, I'm using linked smart objects to create different sizes of app icons. When I make a change to the illustrator file and come back to photoshop, the other copies of the linked object change in proportion.
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Ah, that means that Illustrator is changing the bounding box incorrectly and Photoshop is trying to adjust to the changes it sees from Illustrator.

It looks like you start with loose/square bounds, then Illustrator changes to tight bounds but doesn't change the resolution - so Photoshop stretches the image to fit the bounds you previously specified. Did you change or remove a background element (behind the artwork) in the Illustrator file?
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There are no bounds in Illustrator. It's just the plain TiVo guy on the art board.
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There are bounds - they are part of the file written by Illustrator, and listed for you to choose from when you first place or open a PDF or AI file in Photoshop.
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Oh I see. So, is there a work around?
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Placing an object behind your logo (even transparent) should force the bounds to be written more consistently - just use a square that matches the size you would normally expect the bounds to be. But this should also be reported to the Illustrator team so that they can investigate why they are writing inconsistent bounds when you edit the AI file.
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Ok, I'll try out your suggestion. Thanks.