Using Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop
In one of my books, this was a chapter opener spread so that when you got to a chapter, you open it up on the left side would be a picture relating to that chapter on the right side. It's actually, the name of the book, this is a different book, and below that would be the, uh, name of the chapter down there. Well, this part on the right side is used on every single one of these spreads. So let's open a few spreads and I'm going to take the layer that is this one. And it was it is a smart object. If I double click on it, we can see the layers that it's made out of it's made of some layers. So had some work done on it ahead of time. But let's, look at how we can convert this into a linked smart object, and use it within the other files, and make it so he can easily update things. So if you have one that's already smart out, just goto layer smart objects, and there's, a choice called convert, linked that's going to dio almost the same thing is export contents. It means actors, if you dou...
ble clicked on it, so it's a separate document, you saved that document, so I'm going to say, convert the linked it will ask me where to save the contents and I put on my desktop click save and now I'm just going to use the move tool, and I'm going to drag this layer over to the other files don't drag it over the other one and the link stays there it's still pointing back to that file. Now let's, go open that file and let's make it so we can see all those documents at once because we have four documents open. If I choose a choice called four up, it should make it so we can see all four documents. Well, it's looking pretty complex there, but I'm going to take one of those document so and zoom out and so we can see the whole thing. There we go and don't know if you're aware of this or not. It's pretty cool feature if you work on a lot of images but check this out remember where I said four up that's how I got that view where you see all four? We'll also let's just match the zooming on all four. In fact, if he chews match all it means match the zooming in the location that you scrolled, too there's zoomed out equal amount in each got pretty fancy there with the you know stuff that rarely gets used all right but now let's make changes to this thing I have the actual file in the upper left and then I have the images it's been used in here well, maybe I come in here and I said, well maybe I don't want that logo in there or maybe I wanted a little blur behind the logo I don't if you can see the difference but there's get over here we'll zoom up what I'm doing is adding a layer that has some blur to it you see the little blur and then I'm going to do is to safe to the image in the upper left and if I look at all the other files on if you can tell or not they all just updated and I can see the blurry version behind all the text so it's just really nice that we can have what's called linked smart objects where it's used in multiple pictures update one file it updates all the images have been used within but it on ly updates them interactively if they're currently opened otherwise had open it next time and it would warn me he would say hey something's changed we have a little yellow triangle on it and I could choose to update it or not but these would be linked smart objects all right so one other thing I should mention that we just haven't gotten too but at some point should be mentioned is you could also have what you might call um nested smart objects what do I mean by nested when you remember this image and I had open earlier how the circles that air in here are smart objects because that's just how they were made I made a circle then I turned into a smart object before they were duplicated and also those little tabs at the top they were also turned into a smart object before they were duplicated to be used across this document. Well then I might select all of these layers maybe except for the background and shoes convert to smart object and now it's gonna look a ziff all those layers could merge together into one but we have a smart object inside of a smart out meaning the circle that's in the navigation bar that's there was already smart object and now it's contained within another smart object which contains the whole bar. And you can do that as many levels as you want and you might call it nested smart objects so therefore I could go over here and maybe transform this to make it smaller. Maybe I rotated slight leaks it's going to be used on a brochure and it's not going to be actually on the web page or whatever and those air changes that are attached to that smart object but I can always double click on the smart logic to see the original contents which is going to be all those layers that were there and then those have some smart objects in it as well and I could double click on one of those to see just that piece. And so sometimes you end up with more complex documents where they're nested in things and it really depends what you need to do but I just I want to make sure at least mentioned it um in this case I don't have a great example a ce faras when you want to do that or why but um it's nice to know it's possible you could put it a smart object inside of a smart um here's locals gone crazy which is parents logo duplicated a brazilian times just to show you that if I double click down one of these as long as it was a smart object before it was duplicated that I could come in here and I just close this theater last you want to say that I say yes and you cross your fingers because there's an awful lot of those but you see they all have green lenses now so then if I wanted to transform them all you know all I did was select them and then I transformed them but all sorts of things we could do with smart objects from the simplest of open a raw file and hold shift when you, uh, want to open it and it will open is a smart object. If you want to do that all the time equipment to holding shift every single time you do this, do you see this line of text down the bottom in camera? If you click on that line of text there's a choice of open in photo shop, a smart objects, and if he turned that on, then it's equipment to always having the shift key held down. So now the default down here says open object, and in fact, holding shift would send you back to the old default open image it's up to you what you would like the default behavior to be but on ly you smart objects when you think there's an advantage of them. Otherwise, remember your file size goes up and it's been so complicated, complicated the images. Sometimes it goes up dramatically because you have sixty eight layers that are all smart objects, and that is usually having the original layers that make up the smart object plus emerged version of it in the the amount you can go up in size can be considerable, so only use them when you really think there's a good use for them but you know experiment there's so much you can do with them I just wanted to show you a lot and I know that it will be overwhelming as far as how many options there were but if you have this video to play back he only need to play back little sections of it in the sections that really apply to you the question I was just wondering can you manipulate vectors from thank you for bringing that? I should have covered that that's really cool here I have ah logo from illustrator and so she was talking about vectors. Let's go to illustrator let's open this file. Okay? I'm an illustrator right now which you will almost never seeming in. I'm not affected guy uh and here's a logo. I'm just going to select the logo. I'm going to copy it then I'm gonna switch to photo shop, got a document open and I'm gonna paste it. Look at what it asked me. I think the default is actually here but I'm going to say hey, make it a smart object great click ok and now it's just going to ask how large I want it we go and all right we have a something that copied from illustrator well let's, go back to illustrator, I'm going to close out this file and let's say it's a month later and now I'm like man, I really wish I could change the colors in that logo and I could do an illustrator well, all ideas that go to my layers panel and I double click on the thumbnail for the layers and then how you edit a smart object and it opens in an illustrator because that's where it came from and I've been selected and I can choose a different color to use and then I just close it and ask, hey, do you want to save that where's he going to say that not on your hard drive saved back to where it came from where to come from came from the moment I double clicking that layer and now if I go back to photo shop it's updated now if you don't want a copy and paste because maybe you don't have illustrator sitting around, you can also go to the file menu and say place embedded or place linked in feed id illustrator file format image and then it will be illustrator um you can also get it from other programs like gps is and things like that they're a vector we can have this well and it is still a vector in that if I scaled it up a billion times, they'll have a crisp edge on it and if I scale it down it'll look nice um so it's it's really nice that you can do that so yeah thank you for bringing that up it's something I wanted to cover I had the logo sitting right there but I just hadn't gotten around to its the last file and folder so yeah maybe like one or two minutes so a couple of rapid fire questions so quick kirby and a couple of the people want to know about light room and how they work with smart objects can you open as smart objects from light room and can we open smart object raw files in light room instead of a cr from photo shop ok in light room if you go to the photo menu and choose edit in there is a choice and remember the exact wording but it says something like open as smart object in photo shop although the wording might be slightly different from that but it will have the wording of smart object so you can do that but once it's into ah photoshopped lettered file and you double click on it it will always send you to kameron it won't send you backto light room because light room could only modify files that are within the light room catalog and now that's embedded into the thing the way you would have to do it and I actually haven't tried this is you would have to open layered photoshopped file first go to the file menu in say, open linked inf eded the file from whatever folder you want and then in light room you would have to set light room up to save its adjustments is what's called an ex mp file so that if you made changes to that file within light room, it would update the little ex mp file on your hard drive and hopefully and have to test it photoshopped would say, hey something's changed it would update the linked file I haven't tested that in theory it might work you don't you know the answer to something even though it should work, but who knows if they actually tested it that's because you're ben wilmore that manolo rebello into other people, can I have the same smart object in different photoshopped documents? Yes, you can have the same smart object, but they're on lee going to be the same one if they're linked smart objects mean they go back to the same original point of something if on the other hand you drag and drop between them in their invented smart objects, you just embedded it in the second file as well so they might contain identical content but they don't know about each other because they live in different worlds, meaning different documents on ly the linked smart objects will be self aware of each other, you know they can tell the others out there somewhere so