Photoshop CC: semi-transparent colors of text layers in smart objects

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Hello there,

Not sure if this problem has already been reported, but here is what I'm facing in Photoshop CC. The setting is as follows:

  1. Create a text layer #1, make it 50% opaque 
  2. Create a text layer #2, convert it to a smart object
  3. Open the smart object, make the text layer in it 50% opaque, then save the smart object
On the resulting screen, the layer #1 looks brighter and the layer #2 darker. I would expect both look the same.

Any idea why is it happening?

Thanks in advance.
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Interesting. I can reproduce and it looks to me like the non-SO transparency is rendering incorrectly. Further testing shows this only happens with type. If i make a new layer with a square filled with color set to 50%, it renders the same as the SO layer...

Jeff T., any idea what's going on here?
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Howdy folks,

The issue is that type layers use a different gamma value than other RGB objects.  We changed the values a few years back in order to alleviate problems with partially transparent, non-grayscale pixels with (most) fonts.  You can customize these settings by going to Edit > Color Settings and adjusting the values under Advanced Controls on the bottom right of the dialog, particularly the Blend Text Colors Using Gamma: 1.45 .  

Hope that helps,