Transform, Rotate and Warp Smart Objects
I'm going to take this image now and I'm going to transform it by transforming a that means so go to the edit menu I'll choose transformed and I'm going to choose something called warp and I'm going to distort this in some way let's say that I came over here and I used a bunch of these commands maybe I told it to scale the image I scaled it down maybe I said I wanted to rotate the image and I slapped it at an angle and I already had bent up the corner with something called warping well if I didn't work with a smart object the on ly thing photoshopped keeps track of is what the end result looks like it doesn't really remember how I got there sure we do have a list called the history list which is just like a list of undoes we're going get back but we can't edit the steps that we did in between but if I take my smart object and I try to do the same thing I just come over here and say something like free transform and I scale it down I rotated and I possibly warp it the difference is the ...
changes that I'm making right now are not at all permanent they're just settings attached to that layer settings that I can easily modify the anytime so let's see now if I wanted to make changes the difference in these two documents if I go to the one that's not a smart object and I tell him, I'd like to scale it or rotated to get back to the way it used to look that actually decided he didn't like that. Well, I got to edit and I choose something like free transform it access if it's never been transformed before you noticed, the little handles in the rectangle it puts around it are not rotated to match the angle that it's that so instead I would have to manually try to guest inmate what angle that should be at and then I would have to manually to sit here and scale this up and see if I can get it to fit, and it would be really tough to unworthy it, but I could attempt that I won't hear just take time, but try to unwind that corner, it wouldn't be easy, and when I'm done, this is going to look soft because you know what happens anytime you scale an image up to make it larger every time you get larger and larger and larger gets softer and softer. But if I go to the smart object it's different with a smart object, if I go to free transform, it does remember that I rotated it. Because these air just settings attached to the smart object, they're not permanently applied, and when I come up here in the options bar at the top of my screen, it actually tells me how much the image was originally rotated, and if I simply type the numbers zero in there to replace the angle that's there it will make it straight again if I come up here, it tells me the width and height of the image were scaled the seventy percent, and if I selected, I could type in one hundred for both of them now it's back to its original width and height and then the warping part do that I'd have to come down here to where you are originally worked it from, and you notice how it still remembers where the handles weren't, so I could find tune it without starting over again and, in fact, with warping there's a pop up menu in my options bar well, right now, it's set to custom, which means I manually adjusted the shape of this I'm not using a preset, but I could click here and this is where you could choose from a preset but there's also the choice of none, which means get rid of any warping you currently have applied regardless if he did it manually or used one of these process, so if I choose none we gotta back to normal press returner, enter to say, I'm done. And now the only thing I do is moving to get it back into the corner of the document. So you see that all of mine rotation, scaling, warping, anything that I do from this command called transform their just settings attached to the layer setting. So we can always reset back to normal to get the image back to normal. Whereas when it's done without a smart object, it doesn't remember all those steps that we put in there. And so, therefore, they're not things that are easy to undo. And if we try toe manually, undo them by re scaling it up and everything. The quality isn't as good because it never re calculates it from the original picture.
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