The Invisible Smart Object

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I placed a vector image from Illustrator into Photoshop as a smart object and but you can't actually see it. It acts like it's there, you can hit command T and see the bounding box, and you can see it in your layers pane, but you can't actually see the smart object. And yes, I did make sure that it was the top layer.

The only workaround I've been able to find, thus far, is if you double click a different smart object, and then replace it and update the smart object and then you can independently paste a different smart object into your design... each and every time.

So basically, I'm about to lose my mind. Any thoughts?
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Chris Cox

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What version of Photoshop are you using?
What OS version are you using?

No, I haven't heard of anyone else seeing this issue.

Check the contents of the placed document (child file), and make sure it isn't the same color as your background.

Also check your blending mode and opacity for that layer.
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Similar problem, but I made the paths completely in Photoshop.