Photoshop: Problem with linked smart objects after moving project file

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It's seems like my Photoshop CC 2015.1.2 uses absolute links for linked smart objects. Which is very sad when you need to share you project source file with someone other. 
I tried 2 different machines and got Linked files missing panel on both. 

I found several topics here where it was declared that since ver 14.2 Photoshop use relative links. Where is the problem?

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The links are relative, but the absolute position is checked first.  If the file is missing in it's absolute location, then the relative locations will be checked. (like pretty much every other application that uses links)
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Hi, Cris

Thank you for the answer.

I made a mistake in picture. Imagine C and D are two different Machines. See attach. It's not working for me even in this case.

I suspect the problem appeared when I've created Folder 1. When File1.1 is directly in a Project folder  -everything is fine. But what if I have quite complicated project and need to separate main files from assets?

By the way in Adobe tutorial is written, that photoshop looking for relative paths first, which is more logical, as I for example can have two copies of project on my laptop.

"How Photoshop locates linked files

Photoshop always looks for linked files in the last-known relative location. If the linked file is not found in that location, Photoshop looks for it:

  • In the last-known absolute location
  • Using a saved alias (Mac OS only)
  • In the same folder as the containing document

This behavior allows you to move, copy, and share project folders and files with minimal risk of encountering broken links.


The Resolve Missing Assets dialog always displays the last-known absolute path of missing source files."