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Smart Object Overview

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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76. Smart Object Overview


Class Trailer
1 Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 04:05 2 Bridge vs. Lightroom 06:39 3 Tour of Photoshop Interface 18:21 4 Overview of Bridge Workspace 07:42 5 Overview of Lightroom Workspace 11:21 6 Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents 08:19 7 How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:10 8 Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders 13:09
9 Developing Raw Images 30:33 10 Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs 09:12 11 How to Save Images 03:37 12 Using the Transform Tool 04:48 13 Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020 06:03 14 Selection Tools 05:55 15 Combining Selection Tools 07:37 16 Using Automated Selection Tools 17:34 17 Quick Mask Mode 05:07 18 Select Menu Essentials 21:28 19 Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 13:00 20 Align Active Layers 07:29 21 Creating a New Layer 06:15 22 Creating a Clipping Mask 03:02 23 Using Effects on Layers 11:24 24 Using Adjustment Layers 16:44 25 Using the Shape Tool 04:39 26 Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool 04:39 27 Masking Multiple Images Together 15:15 28 Using Layer Masks to Remove People 10:50 29 Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky 10:04 30 Adding Texture to Images 09:11 31 Layering to Create Realistic Depth 05:35 32 Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:29 33 Optimizing Grayscale with Levels 10:59 34 Adjusting Levels with a Histogram 03:37 35 Understanding Curves 06:18 36 Editing an Image Using Curves 18:41 37 Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 07:19 38 Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode 07:14 39 Editing with Blending Modes 08:04 40 Color Theory 05:59 41 Curves for Color 16:52 42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments 08:59 43 Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment 13:33 44 Match Colors Using Numbers 16:59 45 Adjusting Skin Tones 05:25 46 Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw 10:52 47 Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush 07:53 48 Retouching with the Clone Stamp 06:51 49 Retouching with the Healing Brush 04:34 50 Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools 13:07 51 Extending an Edge with Content Aware 03:42 52 Clone Between Documents 13:19 53 Crop Tool 10:07 54 Frame Tool 02:59 55 Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools 08:14 56 Paint Brush Tools 13:33 57 History Brush Tool 06:27 58 Eraser and Gradient Tools 03:06 59 Brush Flow and Opacity Settings 04:17 60 Blur and Shape Tools 11:06 61 Dissolve Mode 09:24 62 Multiply Mode 15:29 63 Screen Mode 14:08 64 Hard Light Mode 14:54 65 Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes 11:31 66 Smart Filters 11:32 67 High Pass Filter 13:40 68 Blur Filter 05:59 69 Filter Gallery 07:42 70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 04:43 71 Combing Filters and Features 04:45 72 Select and Mask 20:04 73 Manually Select and Mask 08:08 74 Creating a Clean Background 21:19 75 Changing the Background 13:34 76 Smart Object Overview 08:37 77 Nested Smart Objects 09:55 78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects 09:08 79 Replace Contents 06:55 80 Raw Smart Objects 10:20 81 Multiple Instances of a Smart Object 12:59 82 Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects 05:42 83 Panoramas 13:15 84 HDR 11:20 85 Focus Stacking 04:02 86 Time-lapse 11:18 87 Light Painting Composite 08:05 88 Remove Moire Patterns 06:11 89 Remove Similar Objects At Once 09:52 90 Remove Objects Across an Entire Image 05:46 91 Replace a Repeating Pattern 06:50 92 Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel 10:27 93 Remove an Object with a Complex Background 07:49 94 Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes 12:27 95 Warping 11:03 96 Liquify 14:02 97 Puppet Warp 12:52 98 Displacement Map 10:36 99 Polar Coordinates 07:19 100 Organize Your Layers 11:02 101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss 02:59 102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep 12:34 103 Blending Options: Blend if 13:18 104 Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image 06:27 105 Layer Comps 08:30 106 Black-Only Shadows 06:07 107 Create a Content Aware Fill Action 08:46 108 Create a Desaturate Edges Action 07:42 109 Create an Antique Color Action 13:52 110 Create a Contour Map Action 10:20 111 Faux Sunset Action 07:20 112 Photo Credit Action 05:54 113 Create Sharable Actions 07:31 114 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1 10:23 115 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2 07:57 116 Image Compatibility with Lightroom 03:29 117 Scratch Disk Is Full 06:02 118 Preview Thumbnail 02:10

Lesson Info

Smart Object Overview

our next topic will be smart objects and smart objects have the potential of completely changing the way you think about Futter shop, depending on what you do now in previous sections of Photoshopped, The Complete Guide, we've used smart objects. We use them once when we're playing filters, and so it's very nice way of doing it. But let's jump in and really dig deep into the concept of a smart object. Some. I'm going to duplicate this image here by going to the image menu in choosing duplicate when I duplicated, I'm gonna call it not smart. So you know that that version is not going to be utilized. Smart objects. Then we have two versions of that image open. I want to be able to see them side by side, so I'll go to the window menu, choose, arrange and choose to up vertical, which will show the images side by side. And at this point, I'm going to take the image on the right. Uh, and I'm going to go to the layer menu, choose smart objects and say, convert to smart object. Now when I do t...

hat, watch what happens in my Layers panel. If you look at the little thumbnail picture. If that layer and you look in the lower right corner of it, When I convert this to a smart object, you'll see an extra icon appear there. Now. The first time you ever do that, you might get a little warning that comes up, and it just tells you something about, um, if need to edit the contents of this to double click on the layer. Just see aware, if something comes up the very first time you do that, there should be a don't show again check box. I suggest you turn it on and click OK, because after this lesson you'll be quite versed in smart objects. So now the image on the right is a smart object. The image on the left is not. They look the same, but they're not gonna always act the same. Whenever you create a smart object, it is like taking your image in putting it into a protective sleeve. Imagine it's something like a Ziploc bag, and by putting it into a smart object, it's going to protect the original contents of that layer. So anything I do to it from now on will not be able to to change the original contents. I can still change the look of the picture, but I always can get back to the original look. So first I'm gonna work on the not smart version and I'm gonna unlock its little layer here because it's a background layer and there's only certain things I can do to the background. If I clicked the lock symbol, though, I could do anything to it. And what I'd like to do here is first I'm going to apply a filter to this, and when I filter it, let's see. I'm gonna come down and maybe just sharpen the image and all kind of over sharpen it so it looks really sharp. Click OK, and if I zoom up on it and I choose undo, you see before and after it's over sharpened. Then I'm going to scale and rotate the picture to scale and rotate something. Usually I go to the edit menu and I choose free transform or I type will the keyboard shortcut command T control team windows and I'm going to scale this really small like that small. It also rotated and press return or enter to indicate that I'm done move into the middle of my document. So if I zoom in, that's all we got. Then I'm gonna do the same thing to the image on the right. That's the one that is a smart object. With that one, I'll go to the filter menu. I'm going to sharpen it in o apply in Sharp Mask. It looks like it's remembering the settings I used on the other one, so just click OK, and then I'll go to the edit menu and choose free transform. This is one of those things where you got a warning that you just choose. Don't try again and click, OK, and I'm gonna make that again very, very small, much smaller than that. And I'll rotate it, press return or enter. So now we've down approximately the same thing to both images. I don't know if I haven't exactly the same on both. I doubt it, but it's close enough. The main thing is, the image on the left is not a smart object, and because of that, it does not remember what the old version of the image looked like. Especially if I were to save this image, close it and open it a month later. Sure, because right now I could choose undo to get it back. But imagine it was saved, enclosed so that it doesn't retain any kind of a history. Well, now I'm gonna take that image on the left. And let's say I didn't want it to be quite that small. So I go to the edit menu, I'll choose free transform, and I'm going to attempt to scale it up when I scale it up. It does not remember how much information it originally contained. So if I attempt to get this to fill the majority of my screen, it's not gonna regain any of its quality. And if I attempt to straighten it, there's nothing that's gonna help me. Make sure that it's perfectly straight, and that is not at like a one or two degree angle compared to what it was before. I'll get it up there. I'm gonna press returner enter and you'll see how terrible the results look. Take the image on the right, though it's totally different because it's a smart object, which means the original contents of that layer, you are completely preserved in everything I do to this image will always be calculated from the original contents of that smart option. What that means is when I go over here to edit and I choose free transform first off, I doubt you can tell right now, but it's starting off differently. Do you notice that the transformation handles that are on this match the angle of this object? Whereas when I did it to the image on the left, they were straight. It never knew that I ever rotated the image in the past. But here, with a smart object, it knows that I've rotated it. And if I look up here in my options bar, I can see what angle it's been rotated to. If I select the number for the angle and type in zero impress return, that should straighten it out. So now it's back to the way it used to be. Also in the options bar. It tells me exactly what size this had been scaled to, and I could just select that and type in 100 and press return. And that's going to end up bringing this back to its original size because the transformation I've applied is just thought of as a setting attached to the layer. It's not actually changing the true contents that layer in, so I can always bring it back. But when I bring it back, I look at it and I'm like, That looks overly sharp and I'd really wish I wouldn't have sharpened the image Well, if you look in my layers panel since this was a smart object, when I applied a filter, it was applied as what's known as a smart filter. And if I would like to remove the effect, I could either turn off this eyeball were just drag this to the trash and I would see the version of it That's not sharpened war. Aiken double click on the name of the filter that's in my layers panel, and it will open up the sharpened screen here, and I could find tune the settings to get it to be more appropriate for this image. Because anything I do to that file is not going to harm the original contents that was put into the smart object, and it will always be calculated from that original contents and therefore I can easily scale it back up to original size. Rotate it back, change any filters that have been applied. It's much more versatile, whereas the image on the left just looks terrible. So what that means is, any time you plan and combining multiple images together, let's say you're going to design a little layout that's gonna show maybe six pictures, and you're going to scale them down and rearrange them in various areas. It would be best if you were to start with smart objects, because then let's say you scaled down those pictures and you started placing them side by side. And when you were done, you decided, well, they're a little too small. You want to scale them up to fit some more space. Well, if you do that and you don't have a smart object, anytime you scale things up, it's going to make your image look softer. And that's like what you're seeing on the left side of my screen. That's just an extreme example of it, but if it was a smart object, the quality would still be there

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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