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Introduction to Smart Objects

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

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Introduction to Smart Objects

What are Smart Objects? Let's just talk about that real quick, first. A Smart Object, if we go to the Helpx.Adobe.com, You notice I reference that quite often. Anytime I need help with Adobe, when i need help with Adobe, yes i do sometimes, I will go to this website. I have it already bookmarked and if you have this PDF downloaded, you can just click on that and it'll take you to what they call Smart Objects. Basically, a Smart Object is any layer, that contains image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image's source content, with all of its original characteristics. Enabling you to perform nondestructive editing, to the layers. Why this says vector and raster layers is that you can turn a raster layer into a Smart Object, which essentially, kind of makes it a vector layer. It's really kinda hard to wrap your head around, but with the examples that I'm gonna show here, you're going to understand exactly what's happening ...

when we do that. So let's again, just cover raster versus vector real quick. A rasterized layer is based on pixels or colored dots. Think of things like pixel layers, pictures from cameras, background layers, brushstrokes. Those are all pixel or raster layers. Vector layers are based on math and lines, we talked about shapes and text. That's where you're going to find vector and raster. Again, I'm going to show this document again, so you can understand. A vector, that's the vector at 100 percent small, 100 percent small rasterized version. And then after we increase that size, we see what happens from the vector, which actually retains all of the data that it's in that small little circle where is this, interpolates and blows out. We've talked about this a couple times. I just really want you to wrap your head around what raster and vector base are. So what are some of the uses for Smart Objects then? If a Smart Object contains both, raster information and vector information, why would we even use these in our Photoshop workflow? Well, Smart Objects can be used to make nondestructive filters. So, we're going to be talking about filters, and when we talk about filters, you're gonna see that filters can destroy the integrity of an image. Because, if it's, if you use a filter on a non Smart Object, there's really no going back. But if you turn that layer into a Smart Object first, as we're going to show during our examples, you can go back and you can edit anything that happens, within that filter. It's really cool and really powerful. You're always able to redo edits with those filters because it is nondestructive. You can also use filters with their own Masks. So, we'll show that here where you put a filter on something, and you don't necessarily like what it's doing to a certain part of the image, instead of having to go back and retrace your steps and make multiple layers with multiple filters, you can just use a Smart Object with a filter Mask. You can also maintain pixel clarity when resizing images. This is great for things like composites. So if you've ever made a composite and you're resizing something often, so you make it smaller and you're like, no I don't really like how it looks, I'm gonna make it bigger, make it smaller, make it bigger. What happens when you keep making things larger and smaller, larger and smaller, larger and smaller, is you're losing pixel data when you make it smaller, and then you're increasing that pixel data. You're losing pixel data, increasing pixel data. And it's interpolating like crazy while it's doing it. So, what we're going to show here is, if you go ahead and make sure you make a Smart Object first, you're not going to lose any of that pixel clarity in the process. You can also transform images without sacrificing quality. This is a pretty cool thing when it, comes to straightening images. I'm gonna show you a really awesome example, that's going to show you how you can use the Smart Objects when you straighten an image. And because it's vector based. And then creating custom layouts, with easy to replace images. You can actually create your own layouts. Like your own wedding album layouts or any layouts that you would be using for clients or customers. Or even if like myself when I'm making my landscape books, I have a couple of pre and determined layouts that I use, that I then send to the printers. We can make our own layouts and replace those images, really quickly by just double-clicking on them and putting whatever picture you want in that. So let's go ahead and jump into Photoshop, and we'll dissect these Smart Objects. We're going to start first, with Adobe Camera Raw, and how we can use Adobe Camera Raw with Smart Objects.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018

Lessons

1Bootcamp Introduction
2The Bridge Interface
3Setting up Bridge
4Overview of Bridge
5Practical Application of Bridge
6Introduction to Raw Editing
7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
8Global Tools Part 1
9Global Tools Part 2
10Local Tools
11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
12Toolbars, Menus and Windows
13Setup and Interface
14Adobe Libraries
15Saving Files
16Introduction to Cropping
17Cropping for Composition in ACR
18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
19Cropping for the Subject in Post
20Cropping for Print
21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
22Introduction to Layers
23Vector & Raster Layers Basics
24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
25Organizing and Managing Layers
26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
27Screen and Multiply and Overlay
28Soft Light Blend Mode
29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
31Introduction to Layer Styles
32Practical Application: Layer Tools
33Introduction to Masks and Brushes
34Brush Basics
35Custom Brushes
36Brush Mask: Vignettes
37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
39Mask Groups
40Clipping Masks
41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
42Practical Applications: Masks
43Introduction to Selections
44Basic Selection Tools
45The Pen Tool
46Masks from Selections
47Selecting Subjects and Masking
48Color Range Mask
49Luminosity Masks Basics
50Introduction to Cleanup Tools
51Adobe Camera Raw
52Healing and Spot Healing Brush
53The Clone Stamp Tool
54The Patch Tool
55Content Aware Move Tool
56Content Aware Fill
57Custom Cleanup Selections
58Introduction to Shapes and Text
59Text Basics
60Shape Basics
61Adding Text to Pictures
62Custom Water Marks
63Introduction to Smart Objects
64Smart Object Basics
65Smart Objects and Filters
66Smart Objects and Image Transformation
67Smart Objects and Album Layouts
68Smart Objects and Composites
69Introduction to Image Transforming
70ACR and Lens Correction
71Photoshop and Lens Correction
72The Warp Tool
73Perspective Transformations
74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
76Making Your First Action
77Modifying Actions After You Record Them
78Adding Stops to Actions
79Conditional Actions
80Actions that Communicate
81Introduction to Filters
82ACR as a Filter
83Helpful Artistic Filters
84Helpful Practical Filters
85Sharpening with Filters
86Rendering Trees
87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
88Introduction to Editing Video
89Timeline for Video
90Cropping Video
91Adjustment Layers and Video
92Building Lookup Tables
93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
94ACR to Edit Video
95Animated Gifs
96Introduction to Creative Effects
97Black, White, and Monochrome
98Matte and Cinematic Effects
99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
100Gradients
101Glow and Haze
102Introduction to Natural Retouching
103Brightening Teeth
104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
106Advanced Clean Up Techniques
107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
109Portrait Workflow Techniques
110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
111Landscape Workflow Techniques
112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
113Composite Workflow Techniques
114Landscape Composite Projects
115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
117Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR