Photoshop 20.0.1: Error "Could not transform because the result would be too big" using skew selection

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When I try to transform a selection using the skew function, I get an error message saying the transformation was unsuccessful because it would be too big. I've skewed a small selection on a 4200 px (long side) image on one of the layers, and the skew amount was 5*. That's not much of a skew, so how can it create anything too big? This seems to be new to V20. 
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This morning I tried using Distort and Skew on the same image and am getting the same message (see screenshot below). I am barely stretching the selection and yet I get the same message - "Could not transform because the result would be too big." It doesn't matter how much or little I try to stretch it, I get that. In other words, Skew and Distort (and I've had it with Perspective as well) are not functional at this point. The object I'm trying to skew is on the yellow "reflection" on the snow and it does have a mask attached to it. Also, the object has had a blur filter applied to it if that matters. Anyway, I rather rely on these functions. Could I please here *something* back from Adobe on things to try at this point. This is slowing me to the point where I can't really do any work now.


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I cannot reproduce. Can you do a screen shot of the entire screen? We need to see the options bar, state of layers panel, etc.
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Good morning Jeffrey. I think this is a combination of a lot of things now. I can't provide you that screen shot because I've moved the graphic on (this was time sensitive so I had to keep going with it). However, I think there were a number of things at play here. Last night when PS was telling me the image was 500+MB in size, I was somewhat skeptical. I had 500+ shape layers in there and the program was reacting slowly. Anyway, I started (or was forced to) saving as a .psb file. Even though afterwards I rasterized all the shape layers then merged them into about 4 layers, I was still having to save as a psb file so PS must have been reading cached files. This morning I opened up the same (reduced file) and tried to do a distort and skew, and got the results I posted in the screenshot. So I saved it as a new file, then opened that one and the total file size read as around 200MB and I was able to save it as a psd file. At that point I added a test spot of the same size as I was trying to skew earlier, did the same blur, etc. to it, then tried to skew and distort it. It worked fine. That's the thing - this doesn't seem to be consistent as I've had messages in the recent past for the same thing (result too big), but I can't pin my finger on any one thing except it involves transformations. At this point I don't think I have enough to go on to take this any further. It may have been something to do with my layering structure in the previous version of this graphic, the shape layers (although I didn't try to transform any of them), whatever. As such, probably it's best if we let this sit for a bit for now. If others are seeing it, then they should add to this post. If I get it again, then I'll come back with more info (now that I'm watching more closely as to where/when this is happening) and I'll get a screenshot of the entire screen as you requested.

Thanks for your reply Jeffrey. Appreciate the response.