Not using smart objects for this project
Could you please post a screenshot taken at View > 100% and with the pertinent Panels (Layers, Channels, Options Bar, …) visible?
it resizes the visible selection block/indicator and gives me new handles and I can't see what I'm doing
When you have applied a transformation destructively and »Show Transform Controls« is checked that would seem to be what is to be expected.
I've discovered it has to be an option or preference that I haven't deselected.
I recently updated at work and am not having the same problem.
It has to be auto-select has reactivated. I'm going to check it tonight. Thanks.
Im having the same problem. When I use free transform it does not show the corner boxes you usually place your curser on to move the edges.
What is the Photoshop version you are using?
How do you invoke the transformation?
Please post screenshots including the pertinent UI elements.