Could you please post a screenshot with the Layers Panel visible?
In this example I made a selection of her hand, then tried to do puppet warp but then the entire image is selected.
When I start placing the first pin, the selection of the hand immediately disappears, and finally, when I want to drag the pins to warp things, the entire image is warped.
When I did exactly the same thing in the past, only the selected hand was warped.
Thanks for the help!
I get the same result in CC 2014; hadn’t noticed that before, but I practically only ever use Puppet Warp on Smart Objects to begin with.
Have you checked
to see if the issue has been reported (and possibly commented on by an Adobe employee) yet?