Photoshop: Transform Controls Disappear

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After I have been working in this file for some time, the bounding box and transform controls on the layer cease to show up when I select the move tool.

I have the move tool selected and show transform controls checked. If I move to another open file then I see the transform controls. Also if I close and reopen the file then the controls show up again.
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Chris Cox

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Which OS?

Have you updated your video card drivers?

Have you tried disabling OpenGL drawing in Photoshop's preferences?
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ashley mcknight

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OSX Lion

Have not tried updating video card drivers. I will try disabling the openGL drawing the next time it happens. It is weird because it has happened more than once, but I usually just reopen the file and continue on working.
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I think that might be the answer. Your card should be supported, so I don't think that's it.
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I had the same thing after I changed the desktop background to gray 128, the transform guides were also 128... simple to fix change the transform guides to another colour or change background colour to default... good luck
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John Robert Mack

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Oh my God..... as simple as control H! you are a god! You saved my ass!
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Shelley Sullivan

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ctrl H didn't used to hide the transform controls. Why do they now with the latest release?  Frustrating!
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Yay! it happend to me. I did CTRL H and it worked. Thanks!!!!!
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Just for reference:
Video card: AMD Radeon HD 6770M
Processor Name: Intel Core i5
Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
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You might be hit ctrl + h shortcut keys accidentally. Try hit them again.
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Laura Robles

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FerdiCildiz you are a genius thank you so much!
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Wendy Goldberg

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my transform guide changed color - how do I change it to transparent
thanks
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Do you have a screen shot of what you're seeing? Is it possible you just have "Show Transform Controls" turned on? Or View > Show > Layer Edges enabled?
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The wife has just had the same thing, but strangely control H was not the answer. I am a bit more advanced than her and checked ALL the normal suspects but to no avail, I did a quick test on some text over both background image and layer image pasted into a new document.  
Strangely the transfer control came back when the text layer was selected. If I then selected the image again the control magically appears. All with NO tool or menu adjustments... WTF is going on? 
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What version of Photoshop? Windows or Mac? Possibly a GPU driver issue?