Transforms on Smart Objects need to remember origin in order to transform

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It's probably a feature request, but really a bug when considering how animation of Smart Objects works in Photoshop CC2019. Photoshop remembers the transformation parameters, including rotation angle, but critically does not remember the origin point around which the transformation occurred. In addition to making it very difficult to adjust a transformation--one of Smart Object's unique features--it also makes animation useless.

In this example, I transform a smart object around its lower left corner. I'd expect that each time I transform, the origin would be placed at that corner. When I set 2 animation keyframes for the start and end of this 90-degree transform, I'd expect the wedge to rotate bu one one quadrant around the middle of the canvas.

Instead, I get this:

The slice does a little rocking, dipping, swaying thing in order to rotate around the midpoint of itself rather than the origin of the rotation.
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James Monaco

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eartho, Champion

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Considering that a SO can remember any transformations, including warp, which have been applied, you'd think that the origin would also be retained... 
Yes, definitely a desired behavior for so many reasons.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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If you transform already transformed object it just doesn't work. Numbers in toolbar are wrong. Recorded actions are wrong, ... 

You need to wrap SO into group and transform group instead. So layer boundaries are calculated in a different way.