Photoshop: Smart Objects retain Scaling Percentage in Options Bar?

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This is one i'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see...
Smart Objects are great. The problem is that if i do a bunch of scaling, i'd like to know if i am scaling past 100% of the original size of the image that i made a smart object from. I have no way of knowing that.
My wish is this:
If you make a layer into a Smart Object,
and scale it,
the scaling percentage remains 'sticky' in the transform tool options bar.
So if i scale it down to 86%, the next time i hit the transform tool, the scaling percentage starts at 86%. Right now, if i scale it down to 86%, and hit transform again, it is back at 100%.
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David Jensen

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i'd like to know if i am scaling past 100% of the original size of the image that i made a smart object from

You can check the original size if you unlink the smart object from its mask.
I would like photoshop to always base the scaling percentage from the SO itself and not the mask.
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The Smart Object does not have any masks associated with it.
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David Jensen

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Hmm.. When I transform a smart object it retains its percentage setting when I use the transform tool again
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joshua withers

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Where are you looking? In the options bar? It doesn't work for me.
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It shows in the options bar and the info panel.
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joshua withers

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Odd. I am on my computer at home and it is retaining the scaling percentage. i do the exact same thing in my work computer and it doesn't...
It makes me wonder if a preference or something else is doing this?
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It retains the percentages when I scale with the move tool.
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Try it with a mask on the S.O. i think once a mask has been applied to the Smart Object, it no longer retains the percentages.... and many of my smart objects have masks.
So i guess to elaborate on my initial post, i want the percentages to remain associated with a smart object when they have masks on them.
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Huh? isn't this what I explained in my first reply? The SO still retains its percentages, they are just hidden while a mask is linked. I agree that the percentages should be based on the scaling of the SO instead of the mask.
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This is really annoying. It would be very much more useful if the scaling was linked to the SO rather than the mask. Currently I have to guess at resizing, then unlink the mask and check to see if I'm at 100%, then relink, then guess again, then unlink and check...This is just blerg.