Defining Smart Objects in Photoshop


Getting the Most Out of Smart Objects


Lesson Info

Defining Smart Objects in Photoshop

Well this session is about smart objects so it's one of my favorite teachers and photo shop and I don't say that lightly because there's only maybe a collection of five or six features that I really hold precious in one of those smart objects it really depends on what you need to use photoshopped force for us how much you'll be able to utilize smart objects some of you will use it at a very basic level because you just need to do basic things but then others can get really ridiculous with smart objects because there's just so much we can do what I want to do is simply show you what they're capable of but don't feel that you need to use everything that I showed on ly use what's really going to help you day today and uh you can forget the rest but let's jump in and get started so I'm gonna open two images that are identical and when I first opened more than one image they'll show up his tabs and photo shop and I want to get them out of those tabs so you can see them at the same time ther...

e are many different ways of doing that I'm simply going to grab the tab for one image pulled down and then I'll zoom out with command minus here and actually in for me and then I'll do the same thing with the other image just drag it down and now we have to I'm going to do different things to the two images are in fact I shouldn't say it that way I'm going to do the exactly same thing that both images but I'm going to first turn one of them into a smart object and I'm going to leave the other one what I'll call a dumb object which therefore will be able to see the difference. So if you look at the very top of each file, you'll see that this one is called not smart, so that's what I'm not going to convert into a smart object the other one is called smart, and so what I'm going to do before we do anything else to that is I'm going to go here in my layers and you see that we have a layer called background. Well, I'm going to go to the layer menu I'm gonna choose smart objects and there's a choice called convert the smart object. Now if you watch in the layers panel and you look at the little thumbnail image for this particular layer, you'll find something happening in the lower right corner of it when I choose convert to smart object when I choose that you'll see that a little icon appears in the lower right corner that's your only really indication that this layer is different than usual, that means that this is a smart object then I'll go to the other image and with that image I'm just going to leave it alone the only thing I'll do is change the name of the layer by double clicking and just to make it so you can tell I'll call it not smart so if you ever glanced in the layers panel you could tell which you're the two documents I'm working on because the tea they're going to have its say not smart or on the other one I guess I could rename it smart and now let's start doing things to these two files and see how it works a little different on each one I'm going to first start off with one that's not smart and what I'm going to do to it is I'm going to come here to image size and I'm going to scale it down we're going to make it tiny I'll go over here and measure this uh let's see here in pixels and I'm just going to copy the original with the reason why I'm copying the original with us we're actually going to scale it down and scale it right back up again and I want to make sure I get back to the original size so that's why I'm just copying the with so I can pasted in later to say come back to the size and I'm going to say make this thing tiny so tiny that it becomes one pixel click ok there's not much in that file anymore because it contains a total of one pixel. What? Zoom up on it. Wow! Now let's do the same thing to our smart object will go here choose image size and I'm just going to type in one pixel you would think these two images would be about the same and if you zoom up on him they will look very similar. But the difference is when you turn something into a smart object it's like taking the original layer that you had and slide it into a ziplock bag and sealing it shut. And now anything that you do to that particular layer cannot get to the original contents that air inside that little protective bag we no matter what we do, retained the original contents of what we put in there. We put it in there the moment we turned it into a smart object and now anything that we do that layer is just a setting attached to the layer the setting that we could easily change the settings on it any time. And it is always calculated based on the original contents that we put into that little protective rapper that's called a smart object so let's, take a look at what we can do first let's take the dumb version let's, go back to image size and let's, scale it back up we only have one pixel here, let's just paste in the original with and I'll click ok and see what we get those little lines. They're just trying to show you where the edges of the pixels are all zoom out to fit in window. There we go, nice, huh? Not doing much because that's a dumb document let's, take the smart object and let's do the exact same thing. Let's, go to image size well, it's, just paste in the original with click ok, and then I'll zoom out so you can see what we have it's, the original picture. The only reason that it is not the exact original is when we scaled it down to one pixel didn't become a square document, one pixel it's, a square pixel, and when we scaled it back up, I just typed in the original with I didn't type in the original height, so it didn't make it back to its original aspect ratio. But you could see that everything we did was calculated based on the original.

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