Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 26 of 34

Editing a Smart Object

 

Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 26 of 34

Editing a Smart Object

 

Lesson Info

Editing a Smart Object

So let's talk about opening a file as a smart object and a smart object you can think of the last time I explained this explained it using a photo of canadian bacon in a wrapper, which was a lot of fun for me but nevertheless a smart object over in photoshopped elements does not support small objects. A smart object and photo shop is really you taking cellophane wrapping and wrapping up that photo it protects it so even back to the canadian bacon in the package if you go to the store and you buy some canadian bacon and on the way home from the store you're your bag splits open in the canadian bacon falls into a a pothole that's filled with water and mud is the canadian bacon still okay? Course it is because it's wrapped in the protective cellophane wrapper so that's kind of what smart objects do it's a protective wrapping that protects the file so that edits that you make when you're working with smart object then began to occur to the protective wrapping not so much so what's in it so...

in photoshopped that allows us to run filter's not destructively because the filters happening to the wrapper so we could turn off the filter or fine tune the filter just the fielders effects if we wanted two it also allows us to resize are images experiment with size really infinitely because the re sizing is kind of happen into the rapper, not really to the photo. If you work with a regular image layer and photo shop and you use the free transform tool to make it big, and then you press return to accept it and then use that tool again, that make the I was small and then you press return to accept it. And then you figure out that given I needed it bigger again, and then you make it bigger again, you will be losing quality like crazy, because any time you resize pixels of a red regular image layer, then they have tio change and they lose quality every single time you do that. Not so with smart object, because it's got that protective rapper or coding around it so photoshopped can always get back to the original file dimensions. It's not so much that there's no linking going on that's, the first people. First thing people think, oh it's linked to the original file it's not linked it all it's embedded in photo shops, memory. So when you start manipulating a smart object, then it has the ability to go back to the original instance of that item so it's a great way to to work in front of shop and I'll get out. A whole day on mastering smart objects in the creative live library so if you want to take advantage of that it will really hit home exactly what smart objects are how you can use them they really are fantastic and I could spend an hour talking about praising smart objects but let's just go ahead and create smart object over in photo shop another thing that happens when you send a this kind of file a raw file in this case over to photo shop is you retain all that raw information over there so it sends a copy of the of this information and we could reopen it in the camera raw plug in over and photo shop if we needed tio and we would still have nondestructive editing even even over in photo shop so let's go ahead and either soto open as a smart object you do want teo either control click or right click on the image itself or use the photo minnie so we're going to get to the edit in menu and now we're going to choose open as smart object in photo shop it's just more flexible it's a little bit safer if you're going to do any kind of size experimentation and photoshopped be sure to do this tofu shop will open or if you're going to run filters and photoshopped go ahead and do this so that's what we're going to do on this one right here so we're going to open that as a smart object. We just did that there will be a question on the internet. Can you open multiple files? Is a smart object in a single document negative candidate no weighted it. You can open multiple files as smart objects, but they'll open an individual photo shop documents, but then you could take those files and combine them into a single photo shop document yourself, but light room's not going to do it. Okay, so here we are in front of shop. We're dealing with a smart object, and we know we're dealing with a smart object because it has a special badge on it, a little laywer thumb now, right there that lets you know hey, I am protectively wrapped, so now we can do all kinds, all kinds of fun things we can try it to the filter menu in one of my favorite new filters and cia six was oil paint. This is one of the easiest filters to use in the program, and it does a really amazing job. I mean, you've got a siri's of six sliders over here and that's it and again, we've been dealing with sliders out week nothing's easier to use insiders so there's no rhyme or rule tio how you would set these up it's just personal preference another opportunity for a frosty beverage when you've got an hour on your hands to sit down and play with your image is so I'm going to pump all these settings in this first section up to ten so that their severe enough that we're actually seeing a change on screen so I can click okay? They'll notice when we get back into the shop that the filter did not get applied to the original layer. I've still got my original layer right here if I turn off the visibility I of the filter itself, and then I still got my original image right there. So in this case, the filter is really applying itself to that protective rapper so I can throw the filter away if I decide I don't like it. I get an automatic filter mask a mask is in photo shop is like a digital masking tape that you would use in the real world, a mask off you're baseboards. If you're going to paint your walls, you're not going to remove those baseboards to be too much of a pain to put him back, so you just put tape on them, and that way, when you're painting the walls, the baseboards, nope ain't going to get on the baseboards. So we have that in photo shop is called a layer mask it's like digital masking tape, so if we wanted to hide the filters effects from a portion of the photo, we would simply paint with black inside this mask right here so lots of flexibility with smart objects over here in photo shop but we're not gonna do that right now, but what we will do is rerun the filter for amore extreme painterly effect solves them back out quick keyboard shortcut for you in photo shop if you want to rerun the last filter you ran then press command f or control f on a pc and I was gonna click okay again let it rerun the filter and then I'm going to do it again so now we've ran that oil paint filter three times did you write filters and many times as you want? So now we seriously have a painterly image right here. So what I want to show you next is how you can continue to edit this raw file here in photo shot because we brought it in is a smart object the raw file is in that protective wrapping just like our canadian bacon and I don't know why canadian bacon is the thing it could be sauce is it could be anything right? I think canadian bacon is funny dave crossed my betty day across this is an amazing photo shop in structure really amazing just all around sweet guy he's from canada, so he has to be nice, but he has this little thing that used to talk about. He gets aggravated when people say so, you know, what do you call it? Bacon and what's canadian bacon in canada? He's just making so maybe that's. Why it's in my head? I don't know pretty funny stuff. So anyway, since we sent this file over to photo shop as a smart object, the raw file is tucked inside of here so I can get at it the raw file here in photo shop to make additional exposure changes if I want to you so let's, just make a little change, because I want to show you that while the change that we made to the raw file through camera here and photoshopped will be visible in light room, we can't edit it over there. So let's, go ahead and open up this raw file in camera raw, which is a plug in that gets installed with put a shot, which is the develop module in light room. So it's, just double click the thumbnail of that raw file, and we open up in camera and you'll notice that it looks a little bit different than develop module in light room, but we've got all the same sliders. Our panels are these little icons over here, so instead of the of the elongated rectangular panel headers that we haven't light room, we have tiny little panel buttons, and then our tools are up here at the top left, so one of the new tools and camera is that fabulous radio filter and my room so let's, just go ahead and add that so camera raw wants you to change your settings over here here before you draw the filter onto the photos, so if you don't change those sliders over their camera, raul will squash you and tell you that you must change those sliders. Now you're noticing that we don't have a painted look over here in camera, all because we're adding the editing the raw file when we close this dialog box, then we will see this effect apply with filters back and finish up so let's go ahead and just darkened that exposure just a little bit. And remember both camera and light room with the radio filter that was new camera at noon like five it wants to apply the changes to the area outside of the circle, but if you want to flip flop that then over here in camera ross a little bit different terminology instead of an invert button, we've got a outside and inside radio button instead, but it's the same kind of thing so let's go ahead and click okay now back here in photo shop we're going to see that change appear there we go so we'll zoom out a little bit with command plus or minus now we can see that we have changed that using camera raw here in front of shop so let's save it commander control s and then when we go back overto light room we're going to see this file exactly as it appears here so here we are back in light room see there's our file but if we were to go over to the develop module and grab that radio filter there's no pens over here so we can't edit you cannot edit changes you make in the camera raw plug in in light room so if you need thio finesse it further over there just I realized that that's what's going on here now if you wanted teo you could go back to the library module and you could reopen that psd double click the smart object and you'd be back at your edits and camera raw they're so you get back to them but just I just want to show you this because this this may trip you up you know what? What can you do in light rain versus what can you do in photo shop and if you've done something over here can you edit it over there and then when it comes back over here is that editable and so on and so forth so it takes a little bit to to wrap your brain around that's what we've got so many examples of this going on now the next thing I want to do show you howto open multiple files in photo shot why would you want to open multiple files and find a shop? Well, if you're stitching together panorama is if you're combining exposures for an hd are fed so that would be high dynamic range, so you're making several different exposures just try to get the perfect exposure so those air some instances where you might wanna open multiple files in photo shop and when you do that you're going to get slightly different slightly different settings so let's, go ahead and open these three files right here I've got three different exposures of the same flower, so let's click to activate one and shift click to activate the third one now it's control or right click any one of these thumbnails to get to that edit in mini or we can go up to the photo minnie and choose edit in from there but what we want to do this time because we want to take a peek at these other two options see those were great out previously on lee when you have multiple images selected and library will you see these three options right here so we're going to look at eight she are pro and then we'll look at open as layers after that so let's go ahead and choose merged hcr pro iron just makes it so easy to manage all this kind of stuff really really does so the first thing light ring is going to do when you choose merged a shi'ar probe is it's gonna open at the images and separate document this isn't a copy them and paste them all into a new document which is what's happening right here when it finishes doing that it's going to open the emerge to hdr pro dialog box where you can control how those exposures are combined so that's what this dialog box is this hd our business has been in photo shop I believe since cs forests five five I think but it got a lot better in c s six so at the top of this dialogue boss box this very petite dialog box that took over an entire screen we've gotta preset popping and you and there's some nice presets in there my favorite priest in this list and again I do encourage you to take some time and trot through all these is one created by my buddy scott kelby so if you look in the hcr pro preset dialogue and you see scott five that scott scott kill me so I really like that one so we get this nice kind of surrealistic look and you can start with one of these presets and you can continue to find tune the look of that here in this dialog box. But, alas, that is fodder for another class. And I made a rhyme so let's, go ahead and click. Okay, let's say we we are happy with that click. Okay, just gonna think about it. And then what you end up with is a new document with a single layer that is also fluorescent in color. That's what you get when you shoot in hawaii, I tell you so what I might do at this point for riel is click the half black, half white circle at the bottom of the layers panel and I might choose hugh saturation, and I might just ratchet the saturation down a little bit so that we aren't blinded here on the internet and in studio. So now we can say that if you want to give it another name she's file save as just don't move it, suppress commander control s and then we can come back overto light room and we see that merged exposure file there, so if you're doing that kind of stuff just really great to manage it all in light room. But again, if you happen to close light rumor light room quits, for whatever reason while you're over and photo shop before you've saved it, then it won't show up back in here in light room but you can always choose file import photos and then go to where that psd lives and imported that way. So this is a good opportunity for me to delete my existing files here, so I'm have the psd selected I know it's the piece because I can see psd expressively key that foot shot file is gone now is it gone from the hard drive or is it gone from the catalogue? Gone from the catalogue is still in the hard drive, okay let's select multiple images again control are right click on the image thumbnail choose edit in and that when you have multiple images selected here in the library and light ring that's, when you get access to these bottom three commands here, so if you were stitching a panorama and work in nearly the same way so let's cheese merge date she are pro my room is going to send those images over to photo shop and the only reason you're seeing the hdr that we made the second guess because I hadn't closed in photo shop was still open, which is further proof that it's still on hard drive and to be honest with you this's a friendlier it feels like a friendlier way to start experimenting with hdr you know managing it all in light room it just seems a little bit more it seems less overwhelming than starting out in photo shop I guess because you can see all of your images right there just feels a little simpler it's not really but it feels that way so now we can start with a pre set at the top right of this merge statesshare pro dialogue we talked about earlier that I like scott's pre set here and then you can continue to find tune that look with the sliders if you'd like and if you come up with a set of settings that you really really love then you can click this microscopic icon right here to say that as preset and then you can see your own name right here in the precinct menu I thought it was neat that adobe included that one okay, so let's say this is good now we're going to click okay first do it saying and these were big files that isthe managing here because these were the raw files there's all that information so sometimes when I'm doing hdr I like to de saturate it quite a big zit just makes it look like a different piece of art and we could crop it if we wanted to hear in photo shop let me zero out my crops settings anything we want here press return now when we say that we go back over to light room, we're going to see this one but not the one we made previously because we deleted it from the light room catalog and I'll go ahead and delete all these guys are closed the windows rather impressing commander control w to close my windows. So here we are, back in light room and here's, the hdr image that we dismayed now the next thing I want to do. Oh, it is worth telling you that if you keep if you're dealing with thirty two bit images, which means there they can hold a brazilian colors, then light room cannot preview those thirty two bit psd files. So had these been thirty two bit images and over in the in the hdr pro dialog box, I kept them as thirty two bit images. When I come back over here to light room, you'd see the file that the preview would be empty it's still there, you can still get teo, but it's a bug in light room it can't preview thirty two bit files that can see them just you're not going to see the thumbnail previous, you'll see an empty white box right there, so that is a tip for you okay, now let's open some images as layers in a single photo shot document why would you want to do that? Well, if you're combining several images to create a unique piece of art, you may not know which energy want to uses the background so we're going to do just that. So we're going to come back over here to our beautiful picture of marvin surely in hawaii and I'm going to click to activate that image and then I'm going teo click to activate some other images that I think might make a good background and the collage stick with those three right there so we've got our subjects that we're goingto put in a nice soft oval vignettes we're going to take a look at how to do that and then we're gonna also have it opened these two sunsets in this palm tree shot and they're all going to open as separate layers in a single photo shop document so let's go ahead and control click or right click choose edit in and this time we're going to pick open as layers so now photo shop is opening those documents copying pasting into a single document and it is quite rewarding to see photo shopped like doing all this work and you're just sitting back and saying this is so neat so it'll take a second depending upon how many images you have sent over there it does it has to open up each one separately it does a select all get copies and then it creates a master document in it pace, each one in a separate layers. So look what we've got here in our layers panel, we've got all four of the images that we had selected over there in light room, so for the collage effect that we're going to create, which is a soft own yet, so if you're a wedding photographer out there, you should be paying very close attention to this because in my humble opinion, this is a sellable product that you can offer in your photography business if you are shooting let's say, sports events like if you're shooting any kind of grade school or high school sporting events and you're selling those are your shooting, local softball teams or anything like that? Imagine the possibilities with this collage technique, and if you shot a basketball team, you could have a beautiful shot of it, a nice basketball or a court in the background and then there's no end to the possibilities of this tightening. So I do believe that this is a sellable product that you could had in your photography business. So since I know I want the shot of marvin surely to be on top of the new background that I'm going to drag it to the top of my layer stack, then we can use the move to a lever here and the tools panel to reposition it and let's go ahead and add our soft edge min yet affect to this layer and then using the layer visibility eyeballs were just going to trot through these different background possibilities to see which one looks the best to us. So for this particular effect we're going to use thie elliptical marquis tool lives over here in the tools panel the letter to the right of the tool in the tools panel is its keyboard shortcut so the m him is a merry will activate that tool but since it has multiple tools inside of it, if we click and hold on our mouse button on that till you can see that there's four of them in there we can present hold the shift key and tap him to cycle through those tools. The reason you're not seeing the other two tools that are in there the single room are key tool in the single column marquis tools there's not a soul on the planet that uses them now I have somebody e mail music I use those all the time so now we're going to click and drag atop our image so I am clicking holding them my mouse button and dragging diagonally downward and you see what looks like marching ants surrounding my image if you want to reposition those marching answer that shape while you're in the act of drawing it, you can his press and hold the space bar so let's, call that positioning. Good. Now I'm gonna add a layer mask like licking the circle within the square icon at the bottom of the layers panel, and now I'm gonna double click the mask itself, toe open the masks panel, and we're going to feather it. Now for these raw files, which are honking big, you're gonna have to put a pretty good feather amount on their teo, even see that aren't thing, see how the edges are all nice and soft. See other hard edges and their soft it is so that's, the first step in our collage, and then, from this point, I can just turn the visibility I all off of the other layers and choose the background that looks best to me. So that's, a perfect illustration or, ah, practical illustration, rather of why you might want to send multiple files over to photoshopped as single layers.

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