Getting the Most Out of Smart Objects

Lesson 5/7 - Replacing Images in Templates Using Smart Objects


Getting the Most Out of Smart Objects


Lesson Info

Replacing Images in Templates Using Smart Objects

Now this particular image is the full frame image from my camera if I have another full frame image mean it's the same with sand height then it's much easier to replace it then what we originally did when we had the canvas image your own when we had the campus image I double clicked on it it showed up is a separate document and I could either copy and paste to put something in there or drag and drop but I had to scale it to get it to the right size well, what I'm going to do in this case is something different I'm gonna go to the layer menu good on a smart objects and I'm going to choose replace contents if the original contents of the smart object is literally a raw file, all I need to do is feed it a different rafa although it could be a j peg file to it just needs to be the same proportions the same general size so I'm going to choose replace contents and I'm going to see if I can find an image that I have I think I have one in here called replacement image it's the one of the lily ...

pads that we put on the canvas and I'm just going to click the place but in the lower right and it brings up camera rocks was a raw file I click ok and now it slipped something new into that ziploc bag that's known as a smart object but it retains all of the changes we've made after it was turned into the smart object we've just told it to do it to a different picture, so using smart off objects could be overly nice in that way because I can set up a template this could be a picture of a television set I had a picture in there that I distorted and put on the tv set. Maybe I even applied a filter that distorted it to make it look like bent on an old style tv. I can add a layer mask to it so it only shows up within the curved corner original screen I can add layer styles that darken the edges all that kind of stuff I can have adjustment layers above it that make it look like an antique photo I can spend all day making this look like an amazing looking thing his long is the layer that contains that photograph. It was turned into a smart object before all those changes were made then to replace that image with any other is just a matter of seconds either choosing replace image defeated an image of the same size or double click on the layer it'll show pose a separate document and then you can copy and paste something in there and just scale it so it feels that document and when you save and close that it would update just like this so I think that's nice s so now that I have this template follow just to save ass I'll put it on my desktop bug and as long as they use a file for math of supports layers like photoshopped or tiff then I can open that at any time and I only have to spend the time making the template once and any time I can update it very quickly makes us any questions with doing a bunch of stuff here we sure do. A lot of the questions are basically can I do this with smart objects? Can I do that with smart objects? Well, progress and I should let me before we get into some of those mentioned what you can't do and therefore that might answer a lot of questions actually that was one of the biggest questions was well for one from alfred myers, ernie and fifteen people vote on these other any drawbacks to him? Why would you not use them for everything? The problem is your file size goes up. Do you remember when I had three layers? I think I had my name and then I had two ugly shapes below it that had some patterns on them and in the layers palate before I turned it into a smart object, you could see it as three separate layers then when I turn it into a smart object, it looked as if those layers got merged together into one. Remember that. Well, it makes your file size go up because it still has to remember the individual layers there inside that smart object, which let's just say there's three of them. Then it also needs to remember what it looks like when you merge those together, equivalent to choosing merge layers in whatever the file size would be. Of the individual original layers. Plus those layers merged into a into a composite is how big it's going toe go up in size. So it really depends on the image as far as how much larger that's going to be. But the file size does go up, and so sometimes it khun b ridiculous. I create some very complex images that on occasion have two hundred raw files contained in a single to makeup singling image. And if I opened them all is smart objects. I can do it. My computer can handle it, but the file size literally I could get a five gigabyte file, you know they're crazy and he had not used to mart objects. Each one of those layers wouldn't have contained the full resolution raw file that was in there and all that instead they could just contain what I needed and no more in the file size would be a lot smaller, especially when you get that many layers. But there are some things you can't do with a smart object let's like a look at some of this I'm gonna zoom up on this and let's say that I notice a sensor dust speck you know how you get those little dark circles on your skies and things so I want to touch it and so I'm gonna go over here and grab retouching tool all used the spot healing brush I'm gonna come over here to try to retouch something out and can you already tell that my mouse looks like a no symbol that's? Because if I try to click it'll say, hey, wait a minute that's smart object must be rast arised in the word rast arise means turned back into a normal picture where it's no longer this thing where the warping is just some settings attached with layer. It says if you scanned the picture and everything has been done is permanent and so it's just warning you and you wantto rast arise that smart object obviously canceled cause I don't want to rast arise don't want to make it permanent so one thing I can't do is directly modify that layer by trying to paint on it or performer touching on it. Now that might sound like a huge limitation but really isn't all you got to do is credit empty layer above it. Put your paint on the empty layer, report your re touching on the empty later big deal all you need is a layer sitting above it to contain those changes that you'd usually make. So here I go to the bottom of my layers pound, I'll add a brand new empty layer and now I can go to that same tool. The only thing is the default settings on your retouching tools on lee looks at one layer at a time, so you need to change setting that setting will either look like an icon or like a little pop up menu, it could look like this in this means it would sometimes be called sample all layers if it was a check box turned on. If it looks like a checker box, it'll say sample all layers turned on, and that means that it's not limited to working on a single layer at a time it can look at what's on all the layers to figure out what kind of retouching too form, and so now I could come over here and if that was a sensor dust speck right there I could re touch it out and it's just going to deposit the retouching on this empty layer here so if I turn off and on can you see the little part I retouched but you need to do that to each year retouching tools so that means the clone stamp tool the spot healing brush in the healing brush all of them have a setting for working on all layers and that needs to be changed before they can work in this way you can then grab your paintbrush tool if painting is what you needed to do is just paint wherever you want uh mind set up to some weird settings from the last class I taught there you just can't paint directly on the layer that is a smart object here instead painting on an empty layers it's a bit big deal when you try to apply adjustments image adjustments they're all great out so for two of them that's because you can't do anything that would directly affect the contents of the smart object in a way that would usually be permanent we can only change it in a way where it khun remember the settings where you can easily get rid of the settings later so instead of creating your adjustments from here simply credit and justin layer if I use an adjustment layer and what's they wanted human saturation and maybe I wanted to make it less colorful go ahead and do that if you wanted it too on ly affect one layer, which is layer that is the smart object, then just make sure the smart object was active at the time you created your adjustment and at the bottom of this area where you create your adjustment there's an icon that looks like a square with a down pointing arrow and that means only objects just one layer by layer directly below this by click that now it's only affecting the layer below and when you turn on that icon, you'll also see it down pointing arrow here to indicate this only affects that. So you need to change your mind set a little bit things that where you're used to working directly on the layer you're gonna have to create an empty layer above first too put that interior along in for adjustments use adjustment layers, but I don't think it's a very big adjustment because that's honestly how I would work anyway. You know, I like to work in a non destructive fashion where things are always undoable in case I screw up and I don't realize it until later this way they're all separate pieces and we can do that if you ever run into something where the smart object is just completely getting in your way, whatever it is you're used to doing it's just not letting you do it then clicking the layer that contains a smart object go to the layer menu and under the choice called smart objects there's simply a choice called rast arise and that means make permanent all changes I've done to this layer so it's no longer a special layer so the transforming we've applied and anything else it's permanent so when I choose rast arise if you watching my layers panel, you'll see these smart object icon disappear and now that's a normal layer it's no longer special yes question so if you had turned several layers into the smart object it's basically going to be like commercial yes it's like you merged them in whatever has been done to this smart object afterwards like filters being applied or transformations have been permanently done to them you could always make a duplicate so you have the original turn off the eyeball in case you needed it for something. Uh but yes so that's rast arising? I don't so weird words is not usedto you know the technical parts, but all it means is make permanent actors if I just skin this in and it's a permanent doesn't remember how it was created, so as far as answering the questions people were having directly editing the layer, create a new layer instead, put whatever you needed on that layer or use adjustment layers that's part of it, yes, quite so. I have a question. So let's say you, do rast arise that can that be undone? No. Well, I mean, sure, if you have not closed the document, you have a two least twenty undoes built into photo shop. And if you went to the history panel, you try to go back far enough that you got back. But after you save and close the picture, there's, no, getting it back and there's only the choice of undue like, oops, I just screwed up the last thing I did.

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