Applying Smart Filters to Smart Objects in Photoshop


Getting the Most Out of Smart Objects


Lesson Info

Applying Smart Filters to Smart Objects in Photoshop

So let's look at some of the other things we can do with smart objects in this image all I'm going to do is have two squares in fact let me get rid of one of these to simplify this and I'm going to simply duplicate this one one way of duplicating a layer is there's a keyboard shortcut that's known as command jay I think if it is jumping to a new layer and it's simply a keyboard shortcut for this command right here new layer of v a copy it says shey player because that happens to you what this layer is made out of the command jay is an easy way of duplicating a layer if you look in my layers panel when I type command j you see that just duplicated it I'm going to move this over to the right and what I have here is a simple shape which is a square and then to that square I've added something called a pattern overlay do you know how you can add things like drop shadows and devil in boss here layers in the same area where you add those features which is at the bottom of your layers panel w...

here you find the letters fx you also have the choice in there of pattern overlay and that's all I've done this I've applied a pattern to that that's why if you look in the layers panel you'll see it's his pattern overlay now I'm going to take one of those will take the images on the left, and I'm your tried to warp it. I'll go to edit, transform and warp. I'm going to try to make it look like it's a little bit bent, dragging these corners around. I'm not going for anything overly specific, but get a little bendy looking press returner answer to sam dunn and notice what it did. It took the shape it's in this layer in it and bent it, but it didn't do anything to the pattern that's applied the pattern just reeve filled that shape and that's it let's, take the image that's on the right now, which is not a different layer in before I transform it. Let's, turn it into a smart object, so if I go to the layer menu, choose smart objects and I convert that to a smart object. Watch what happens in the layers panel in the layers panel do you see where on that particular layer just below the layer? It shows what's attached to it. It shows there's an effect, and the effect is called pattern over land. But when I convert this into a smart object that same layer I no longer see where it says pattern overlay for that particular layer. The reason for that is the entire contents of that layer just got slipped into a smart object which is like slipping into a ziploc bag in whatever it was there is inside that container and now all we're doing is looking at the outside we can't see the pieces that are inside of it but they're still there is just sealed inside of this thing called a smart object now let's try to go over here and transform this and warp it and we'll see if it looks any different bring this up here I don't know exactly what shape I'm going to make but you notice that when I'm working it not only does the shape that's in that layer change but so does the pattern that's been applied to it right? The reason for that is because it was first put into a smart object which means like a container and it can't look at the individual components that make up what's in there and said it treats it as if I took those layers and I merged them together and to make whatever effects replied to them permanent first and then the warping happened and so we're able to do things like warp shapes that have patterns on them we can also do things like apply filters to things that you usually wouldn't be able to apply filters to let me show you I'm going to come in here and just put in some tax I'll make my text a little larger, you know, I heard somebody get hungry and hear the second with, uh and I have my tax. Now if I try to apply a filter to this, usually it would have to what's known as rast arise the text, which means turning into a picture where it's no longer text, that I could change letters in, but let's first, try it. When we try to apply a filter that this will come up in all of say, would you like to rast arise? The layer, which means turn it into a picture is if it's a scanned image of of tax or would you like to convert it to a smart object? If I converted to a smart object, is going to take that text and put it into the club into a ziploc bag, a little protective rapper and click up to convert to smart object, then I'm going to be able to apply a filter to it. Whatever look I want click ok, and now that filter is just like an accessory to that layer it's actually attached to it here, and if I turn off the eyeball next to the name of the filter there, you can see what it looks like without the filter applied, you could turn the eyeball back on. And see it with it applied. And I want to change the settings that I used my double click on the name of the filter in my layers panel. If I double click, it brings me right back into whatever filter it is I used, and it says, if I never left that I can find tune it and there's no quality difference between using this setting in the first place in editing it in the future. But now the problem is, where is the text if I want to be able to edit the text it's a little weird, because right now, it's in the coolant, too, a little ziplock bag protecting it, we need to somehow open that bag and look at the contents that air inside and the way we do that is in the layers panel. You see the thumbnail image for that layer and it's got that little icon in the corner to indicate it too. Smart object. Well, we're going to double click anywhere within this thumbnail image and when we do it's gonna open and show me the original contents of what's in there. But when it does it, it shows it is a separate document, which is somewhat weird to adjust to, but let's, take a look. I'm simply going to double click on the thumbnail for that later, when I do, I get a separate document that shows me the original contents and you can see in my layers panel is just a text layer, and I could come in here, grab my text tool and changing, you know, if you take the first three letters out of bacon and put an e n you didn't know that, did you? Um now I have that I've made a change in somehow. Now I want to slide it back into that ziploc bag and look at it from the outside of the bag where all the effects have been applied. And so what I'm going to do is simply close this click on the little x up here in the on the tab to say I want to close it, it will ask me if I want to say that and I know in your head you're always thinking safe means saving my hard drive no, save me and save back where this came from. Usually when you open an image, he opened it from your hard drive, so when you choose save it goes right back to where it was in your hard drive, in this case, we think about where this came from, it came from the other document. It came from that thing called a smart object so here when I choose save, I'm not saving it on my hard drive, I'm saving it back into the layer that it came from that smart object, so I'm gonna hit save and now we're back to the other document and you can see that has been updated so it's a little odd when you have to edit the contents of a smart object, you double click on the thumbnail for it and it shows up is a separate document, a little different way of thinking uh, there's all sorts of things we can do but it's really nice that we can apply filters to things like text or shape players or something else. We're usually it would have to be rast arise, which means turned into just pixels or normal picture and where you couldn't easily change it afterwards. I can also turn on more than one layer here and if I have more than one layer selected like this and then I go over here and choose convert a smart object, watch what happens in my layers panel first remember how many layers I had selected remember the only layer that didn't have selected as the background when I choose convert to smart object, it will always look as if you took whatever layers you have selected and you merge them into one so you see the contents of what was in that layer? If you look in the layers panel now appears in a single layer, and now I can do things to them where they will be treated as one piece. So if ike over here and do something like again in motion blur, it will motion blur all the pieces that are inside of that smart object. And if I ever want to see the pieces individually, I'm gonna have to edit the smart object. Remember, the way you edit a smart object is you double click on the thumb now for the layer, and any time you do that, it always shows up as a separate document, so I'll do it. Here's, my separate document, I could come in here, turn off one of those layers if I want I could move it around, I could add things I could do anything I want when I'm done, I close this document until it to save it saves it back into this one where it updates whatever it is we've done to it, not saying that's too beautiful an image, but it gives you some sense for a little bit about how smart objects work.

Class Description

Smart Objects give you incredible power. In Getting the Most Out of Smart Objects, you’ll learn how to use them to their full potential.

Ben Willmore will show you how to: re-edit the camera raw settings applied to an image after you’ve incorporated it into a layered Photoshop file, apply filters to multiple layers without having to merge them into a single layer, apply filters to without being forced to rasterize text and shape layers. You’ll also learn how to easily re-edit transformations and warping, use your logo or any photo in multiple Photoshop files, quickly update the image in all the documents it’s been used in, and so much more.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2