Smart Objects Part 1


Adobe® Photoshop®: Productivity


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Smart Objects Part 1

Someone asked me yesterday if that was my photo the little dude there and I said that was actually need teaching my first photo shop class I used to dress up when I was teaching them make sure back in the good old days of the early days of photo shop and I was thinking about this last night that how times have changed that the first photo shop class I taught when photoshopped first came out in whatever that was nineteen ninety or something I remember now that there were no layers back then everything was just like a flat canvas so you had to think of photoshopped literally like you were painting so if you wanted to have something like a cloudy sky it have to paint this guy first and then claimed to paint the clouds on top of that and then text appeared on little type box had to click ok and once you looked okay you couldn't edit anymore so everything you did was always could see people pausing above the ok keep going because every single thing was permanent so when photoshopped three w...

hen layers came out and was like oh hallelujah now I can actually change and edited it really changed everything so that the introduction of layers and photoshopped three was most people I think would agree probably the most significant change in the early history a photo shop well and the whole reason I'm saying that is because I think smart objects is probably the next most significant change in photo shop in recent history because it really can change the way that you work. I'm all about working non destructively and trying to do things with flexibility and control, and as soon as I saw smart objects, I was like, yep, that's the way to work because it just opens up so many possibilities. So we're going to focus a lot of our day today on smart object, starting with what the heck they are and how they work and why should use them, and then lots of examples, including one of my favorite examples, which will do later on today, technically, there's there's no such thing in photo shop is a template there's, not a place where you say save his template, but if you start using smart objects effect, you can create templates out of them and that's, a pretty powerful tool where, as todd said, you know, the whole idea of getting some of your life back that's one of the reasons I use smart objects is because I can go as far back as I want and kind of like the history of my document change anything, so I never at a point where I feel like a well, I've gotta live with this the way it is because I don't I just keep saying how, if I make this a smart object than this gives me all these possibilities so let's do a quick history lesson history of photo shop to get us started here, so I just opened a document and if I were to duplicate this height this other layer for second, this is before smart objects or is like, say, bso before smart objects in the world of everything being much harder to work with. So if I decide I wanted to make this photograph smaller, I would do free transform I'm gonna hold down option or old and the shift key so I can scale both proportionally and towards the center and I decide for whatever reason, I wanted to be that big now if I were to close and save this that's the new size now ignoring for a moment the fact that I have a copy in the background there let's pretend that all I have is this and then a few weeks later, I open it up and go that was kind of odd. Why did I make it so small? I'll just make it affecting again, so you khun nothing to stop you from transforming something back up again, but if you see that that suggests perhaps you don't want to do that, because taking small pixels and enlarging them means photoshopped has to do some inventing and have to say, well, we don't have enough information, so I'm gonna throw some pixels in his semi intelligently as I can to put it back the way it was, but will never be a sharp in his crisp and that's always just been a reality of photo shop, so what people would always do is say, well, I better make a copy of this layer or make a copy of my documents, so they preserved the original information or one of the many things that smart objects does is it preserves that information right inside the layer, so instead of worrying about, well, if I scale it too small, I can't scale it back up again. That's completely changed so here's my little photoshopped demonstration of what we're talking about here. So the best way I think, to think of a smart object it's it's, a layer based function, but it changes the way the layer works. Normally we're talking about just pixels on a layer. When you convert a layer to a smart object and we'll go through all the steps later on, I think the best way to think of it as if you've put your layer into a container it's a special magical container with magical powers that photoshopped normally doesn't have because it changes everything it says I'm gonna put this photo into this container it'll still look like a photo but I'm protecting it because it's in this protective container I can do all these things to it so for example if I were to make the smart object container smaller than the photograph looks smaller but the difference is unlike that first example inside of it is still the original size so even though the container might look small now the actual pixel information is still in there which means that any time even a year later I can go back and say I wish I hadn't skilled that that small aiken scale right back up to the original size so that's a huge advantage by the same token if I were to apply a filter to the smart object so now the container in is in effect blurry so is the photograph but same concept if I decide later on I wish I hadn't done that inside of that blurry container is the original non blurry version so it kind of changes the rules people always worry about how many undoes dough I have and do I have a history and I have can I don't have some way that I can revert back to me that's exactly what this does is it's like unlimited undo because you've made a smart object so I look at every possible situation say, could I make this smart? And the answer usually is yes, and sometimes it takes a bit more effort to do it, but the payoff is huge, so considering this is, we're going talk a whole lot about smart objects. People are always, well, surprise when I do this, but I have to. So let's talk about the disadvantage of smart object, because that will take about fourteen seconds to get that out of the way. First of all, because people always ask what's the downside to a smart aleck. Ok, so here's the downside, your file size gets bigger, and my response is, ok, I suffering about file size seven, eight years ago, as storage got bigger and ram got cheaper, it was kind of like, all right, so now I understand for some people, they can't brush it off quite that quickly because they're talking about such huge files that they do need to invest in a faster computer or something, but relatively speaking, considering the difference between how much time it would take me to rebuild something versus taking advantage of the smartness of a smart object. I'm ok with that, and very rarely, I work on some fairly large projects, and occasionally I'll see the little progress bar that says almost finished, but again, I think I'd rather have that than be in a situation we go well, I can't do anything. I mean, I can't go backwards and fix that because of the way I saved initially, and I think it's all about work flow because a lot of people say, well, I always duplicate my image that I have a layered version, and I understand all that I've changed my work full quite dramatically because of smart objects, what I used to do almost without exception, and for many years when I taught for self, I would say this as soon as you open a document, duplicate the background layer just without without even thinking about it, because that's your backup plan now I don't do that as much anymore, in fact, very rarely now what I usually do is right or control, click and choose convert to smart object because effectively that's the same thing is duplicating the background layer, but in many ways is even better because I have more options available. So number one slight disadvantage of smart objects is better file size. The other thing that throws a curve it people is they convert a layer to a smart object like this, and then they go to do something like use I don't know the healing brush and they get this little symbol, which I like to call the I'm sorry, dave, I can't let you do that symbol, which is saying no you can't because you can't work directly on a smart object that says it must be rest arise before proceeding. This is a scary part of photoshopped folks this dialogue boxes actually prompting me to click ok to rast arise the smart even says edit contest will no longer be available rast arises smart object and it's this thing is actually glowing going go ahead, kick me it's like no, no, no canceled, canceled, canceled, canceled so the problem is it saying we can't use it because you can't direct the smart object. So how do you directly edit? You can't but that's ok, because one of things will talk about in more detail and some other sections is I don't want to edit directly even if this was the regular background where I wouldn't use the spot healing brush on it directly, I'd add a new layer and do the retouching onto the blank layer so you just do the same thing with a smart object. So if you ever run into a roadblock where you say I can't paint, I can't heal, I can't clone river it is I'm getting that little symbol says you can't do it then the solution is very simple at a new layer and now just make sure up in the options market says sample all theirs and now whatever you're doing the results will go on to the blank layer which most people I think are doing that day to day and week without smart object because that's a better way to retouch is to put all the results on a separate layer there's a few exceptions to this rule where for example I want to use the dodge and burn till you couldn't use it exactly that way but even that has a work around so I guess my main point is don't let this stop you but I know what I can't work that I can't work on my smart object because there's always a solution so that's that's kind of the two main things that people say well what's what are the downsides if I use smart object on those two things you have to be aware of file size gonna be bigger but someone ask I mean how much bigger my response is I really don't know because I have never bothered to check because it just works and I don't really care begins but that's just mean some people make aaron about that but for me it didn't really matter ah whole lot so that and not be able to edit directly and you'll see as we go through there's lots of opportunities for us to try different things so let's compare this member a few moments ago I scaled this photograph way down my scale it up it lost quality here's the difference with since this is now a smart object on me actually is a smart object we go and by the way, if you look really closely on the layer thumbnail you see a little symbol appears that's your indication this is not a regular layer this is a smart object layer so now if I free transform and again again scale it down really, really small and hit enter unlike the first example where that's its new size all that's happened is that contents of the container have been scaled down temporarily but inside of it the smart part of a smart object is it remembers, but wait, I was this big, so if I say this and came back three weeks later unlike regular pixels, this one I can scale right back up again without losing any quality. Now let's, get another thing out of the way smart objects are smart, but they're not magic, so some people like so now kanai scale it bigger than the original. Now it doesn't it's not that smart smartness means I'll remember my original size and I could go back to that size it doesn't change the fact that you can't scale bigger than the original so that's the difference with smart objects so that's that's kind of the nutshell version of of what's more how is smart object works it's like this special container that's preserving the contents of what we're working on and what it means is you just every so often you have to take a slightly different approach to how would I actually implement something? Well, I I just do it slightly differently. The other built in part is I showed in that little demonstration is when you have a smart object you also have instant access to smart filters so let's, just do this as an example I'm going to make a copy of this and just so I can compare put it back to kind of regular layer so this is a regular layer just pixel based and what what always happen as I go to apply some filter like thousand blur and this is the way people would always apply filters and photo shop is they would move a slider and then go to click ok and kind of go um you know, ok, because he knew once you clicked ok, unless you did undo right away that's your new version so people would have again a backup plan where they would duplicate the background layer and blur the new layer which is fine that's I'd rather do that but even then the problems still came down to but later on, if I wanted to edit it, I couldn't all I could do is throw it away. I can't go back in and say I wish I hadn't blurted that much because nowhere does that appear and there's probably going to sound funny but my backup plan believe it or not used to be if I duplicate a layer and blur it, I want to remember how I did it I'd actually we named the layer to ghazi ambler forty seven point two so later on if I went back I could look at at least remember how much I boarded didn't help me edit it but at least it gave me some kind of baseline and that's just the way it's always been with smart objects right away the rules have changed because when I go to do the same gods and blur and I put whatever amount I want, I click ok right away the difference is now the filter appears in the layers panel and it's an editable filter so it's not like a one shot deal like it was before where like oh well, I guess I'm gonna have to live with that much blur here it shows you so first of all, look at all the things you can do with the smart filter I can turn it off completely and say never mind but still there so I can put it back on if I want or I could double click on where it says god gambler and it tells me you blurred this much so I could blur more or less so it's an ongoing editable filter over to the right here we have a little symbol which if you double click on it it opens up blending options something that's a little bit blending options for the filter so now we have blending modes like layers and opacity but for the filter so what this means is it would be a ziff I took my background lier duplicated it, blurred the filter and then lowered the opacity that's the result I would get but the difference is I can do all that I can lower the capacity to make this nice kind of soft, dreamy, focused kind of look but I can then still go back and edit the overall settings to say make it more or less blurry to try something different. So just if all we thought about with smart objects was using smart filters, life is already easier because you do all this work, you save it as a psd and then if you come back three days later and go, I don't really like that no problem you can add it all those things oh and there's one other thing I can do this is kind of cool. So let's, put this back for a second. Put it back to one hundred percent. So you can see and I'm gonna blurred even more. Maybe a little much, but for the purpose of demonstration, this area right here is a mask for the filter. So what this allows me to do is say, perhaps I don't want to blur the entire photo quite this much. Maybe it might be not a bad idea if I could actually maybe see her face. So if I took my brush tool and started painting, I can decide where I want the filter applied. So now I have not only the ability to edit the amount of the filter and the blending options of filter, but also decide where I want the filter applied so again from a productivity and creativity standpoint, this opens up a world of possibilities, because now you can do something like this. And then no, any time you could change it. One of the reasons, many reasons why I suggest this is every so often people today still do this thing called print some people have heard of it seems to be disappearing, but, you know, we have our own nice color inkjet printer, or we send things out to a printer somewhere well. Anyone who has their own color printer generally I think, has found that every so often it might not look exactly the same on your print as you saw it on your screen and you decide I wish I could tweet this will now you could because I could save this senate to my printer and then if I did a test friend went don't like that I can edit every part of it, so if I want to change the settings for the filter if I wantto lower the opacity that children I want a mask it more to a whatever all those options were possible so just from that one step of making it a smart object, all of these things are possible so that's kind of the my quick little overview of smart objects now we're going to start seeing all kinds of ways toe really take advantage of them. So taking a step back now there's how do you make a smart object? Well, there's several different ways to do it. The simplest way is if you have your background layer you just control are right, click and choose convert to smart object that's just a pop up menu as in typical adobe fashion, you can also find that under the layer menu and in the pop up menus of the various ways to get to the same end result to me that's just the quickest way is controller right click if you look under the filter menu and you see convert for smart filters that's saying convert to a smart object so you can apply smart filters so it's exactly the same end result as if you right click it's just they said well maybe some people only want to worry about smart filters so we'll just do it there but it's not different it's exactly the same thing so if I choose convert for smart filters then it does the same thing so that either way ok the other option would be if I had said I want to start combining some photographs here is I want to put this photograph into that same document and have it as a smart object this one's a little bit more unusual because at first glance it kind of makes people do a double take as I'm going to in effect import a photoshopped file into a photoshopped file on most people's reactions why would why would you just not open it? Well the reason is I want to put it into this other document and make it smart automatically so the way I do that from bridge is he chews place in photoshopped now you have tohave the document you want active back and photoshopped but when I do that it brings it in and it says here you go and it's going to be this big and aiken do whatever you want as soon as I hit enter it's automatically a smart object so that's another way if you're trying to combine images to say and I want this new one to be smart placing it is one way to do it the other and I'm just showing you multiple alternatives for basically the same concept here I have many bridge and I want to do kind of the same thing and say, oh, I want to include this image so I just drag it looks that was a bad drag apparently folks up is not just voice activated, so I can't just say drag it, I have to actually drag it, so I drag it in and it does exactly the same thing. However, in this case I happen to drag a camera raw file so it started in camera off first and then when I click ok it turns it into a smart object, so all just different ways of doing the same thing and you could also of course, just traditionally drag and drop a photo in as a new layer and then shoes convert to smart andre. The main thing I think is important to remember is for the most part with few exceptions, I think it's a good idea to bring the photograph in full size and convert to a smart object for you do anything else because if you bring in and scale it down and then say make it smart you've set your ceiling as this is as biggest this file can be because I can't get any bigger so I'd prefer to bring it in full size ago convert to smart object then start doing things like scaling it down because then once again I've got that built in backup plan to say oh wait a minute I want to put it back to that full size again so any time you're importing or combining or whatever you are doing to create these multiple smart object layers I think that's one of the best ideas is too get full size first then you have all these other options that are available all right so that's kind of the basic idea of them let's start looking at some ways that I might take advantage of this so let's actually over this back is if I just open this so this is a j peg file and I want actually I'm going to interrupt myself I just realized that when make better sense for me to show something else first another type of smart object that we should talk about first I kind of mentioned very briefly in passing in the class yesterday but I want to go into more detail of it and that's a smart object from camera wrong so that's another way to get a creative smart object is starting in camera so if I open a raw file this is the way let me put this back way normally looks this is what normally happens when you start in camera raw is you make some adjustments whatever it might be and then a change something of this document the heck of it and it says open image so it applies whatever settings that I did in camera it opens it and photoshopped the end that's it it's a one way dead end street so there's anything about thes settings? I don't like my only option is to close this file and start again which is just the way it always worked for the beginning of camera and I was like, oh well that's how we live with it and it was the same if you started in light room he said edit and photoshopped it brought into photo shop you could do some old photos of anything but you had no longer access to the develop module in light room so this is kind of the same thing so I just if I want to change that I have to start again so the alternative choice his in camera at the very bottom here you'll see there's a thing that says adobe rgb it basically looks like information but as I said yesterday, this is actually a really important place to click it's just not obvious I'm not sure why it's not a button that says workflow options because that's what it is I've been poking adobe saying please please please and it's just way down on their priority list apparently even though they said oh yeah that's a good point still looks the same so my worry is people wouldn't click on this because what would entice you it just looks like information it's not doesn't look like any other button but when you click on it all these really important things aaron here like what color space what bit death what size all these things are in workflow options and the important thing to note about this dialog box is it it worked low options means from now on so whatever settings I changed their means from now on everything I do in camera will use thes settings so if you find that you keep bringing in raw files in their huge you know, wanting to be huge if you change this once they'll all come in smaller if you decide you want to set the resolution for printing at a certain number of this is where you do it but for me for today's topic the most important thing is this check box right here this should be neon flashing with a big arrow going click here click there, click here open and photo shop as smart objects means from now on I've created this very interesting two way street between camera on photos so let's make a bad adjustment so you'll be able to very clearly see how well this works. And now it says open object instead of open image the one thing that changes it means it still comes into photo shop. But the difference is it's got that little symbol to tell me this is a smart object. Remember, our concept of a smart object is a container and its contents. In the other cases the previous to this one the contents were pick sal's. In this case the contents is camera. So when I go to say, let me look inside this container instead of looking at the original pixels is going to say, well, let me go back to camera raw for you. So this has created a two way street between photoshopping camera, so if I double click on it, it goes back to kameron says, well, here is the way you left it. What would you like to do? So this is taking advantage of the non destructive nature of camera raw from within photo shop, so now everything I do can be edited at any time. So as an example, I'm going to go the other extreme just again for the purpose of demonstration, not to suggest that you would make your photograph looked like this, of course, but just to show the idea so now I've got this look started I'm thinking, ok that's getting there on top of that since this is smart, why not apply a smart filter so whatever it might be let's, d'oh always do obvious things just so you can really see what's happening not again to suggest you would do this, but I do like a heavy duty motion blur and then on the layer mask take my paintbrush and kind of paint the areas that I don't want, so I'm starting to get the effect that I wanted, I could add another it can have more than one smart filter, so aiken do something like add noise to create a little bit of noisy nous to my image or whatever, I want to make sure you're actually on not on the mass when you do that, so let's, try that again, so I do all those things, and I've been painting on the mask and I'm changing the filter settings, and then I think you know what? I'm just not one hundred percent sold on that kind of blown out effect, so even at this point I can double click and go back to camera say, maybe I shouldn't have pushed that exposure quite so much as soon as I click ok it's gonna update in photo shop and reapply the smart filters and reapply the mask so it means situations where in the past I'd always kind of run into a roadblock in a dead end ago. I can't really change that. That really doesn't happen as much anymore if you set it up this way because you're not ever running into that situation we go. Oh gosh, I guess I can't do that and that's to me the whole point of this is when you think about the whole non destructive part. This to me is the epitome of that because you can do almost anything you want. I could change the size of this. I could, you know, apply filters. I can do everything I want, but nothing I'm doing is cast in stone at any level. I can go and let's, go back to camera on convert to great scale or let's, change these settings, or let's, do whatever I want and you can still build on top of this so I could still add adjustment layers. But this is getting me started with these global adjustment starting from camera. Sure so one from ken surprise, same thing with, like room. As far as kind of the differences in light room you choose, edit and photo shop as a smart object, it comes into photoshopped looking the same way, but here's the difference. From camera raw your camera photo shop when you double click goes back to camera in light room you say edit and photo shop it goes to photo shop if you double click on it it doesn't go backto light room it goes to camera raw so you're still using the same sliders like you would in the light room developed module but it's in the camera interface when you save the file and close that then it goes back to your light room catalog so it's not it's a slight detour in the two way street effectively it's the same thing but it's it's not quite his direct because when you double click to edit it does not go back to lighten it goes to camera raw but anyone who's used light room who even they've never used camera all go oh it's the same sliders is the interface is slightly different so cameras is effectively the same as the developed module in light room so that the answer is it kind of works the same way but not quite his direct but once you're in photo shop with the smart object everything else is the same it's just starting from light let's take a slightly different path to do that okay for me actually so I see that you have the mask for your smart filters yes and you one's got the blur has been noise is there a wayto not like having separate well yes, but it gets a little more complicated because one of the few minor little complaints those of us that are smart object fans have is as many smart filters as you apply there's only one mask so right now that one mask is applying to both filters now I will show away later on where you can work around that and that's when we get into the wonderful world of putting smart objects inside other smart objects that's when it gets really fun when you start nesting smart objects so when you check that into the camera raul that boxes that sticky over closing in okay forget and that that everything in that workflow options dalek boxes like it's saying from now on dot dot dot and to be honest the first time I looked at that I didn't it wasn't clear to me because I'd never really to the style of box before and I was thinking open and smart off in photo shop as smart objects and I'm like why is it plural that's just bad grammar could only have one photo and I realized it was saying from now on open all camera as smart objects so that means going forward every single camera raw file that I worked with does that first now some people ask me about that say does that mean you always open a camera off violence a smart object and it's hard and photoshopped to ever say always but I answer this way say I always consider it because most of the time it makes sense every so often look and go in this case I don't need to sew override it in that occasional case but to me most of the time I do because it makes better sense to me to have that back and forth capability and the fact that it's already set up to be a smart object for smart filters and all those kind of things okay, so just as a sort of a related tip if you open like so here's another raw file on you see the bottom it's still saying open object if for some reason and I honestly can't think of too many reasons why would but on rare cases where I think I don't really need this to be a camera smart object if I hold down the shift key look at the button it changes from open object to open image so what that's going to do is override that workflow options say for this image just don't make it smart and personally exit I I don't do that a whole lot but it is just so you know what is an option if you think for this one situation just makes sense for whatever I'm doing I want open and printed for example than maybe there isn't such advantage of doing smart object I probably still would serious? Honestly, I mean, I'm so enamored with ability this gives me that any time that I start to not do a smart object, this little voice has like really, you don't want him just in case, you know, you never know, especially when you understand that there's only those couple of small disadvantages of being smart, then I can't think of too many reasons why I wouldn't do that. You can always change your mind afterwards that I should have done that all rast arises make it back to being pixels again. But even that rast arises a close second to that flattened image. Whole f word thing has restaurants is the bad word also kind of similar, so that's that's kind of the approach that we take now where starts to get interesting is where you have a situation like this? I'm just going to open a couple of files here, so one of them is a j peg and one is a raw so this one will open first in cameron, I'll just hit open object and let's just say that I'm doing something in here and I'll get all just I prefer to show over the top example so you can clearly see what I'm doing here, so I'm going to do this really heavy duty motion blur, which is, again probably not something you would typically do but just so you can see very clearly what's happening and then saying is before I clicked on that filter mask and I've doing a little bit of painting to say but don't blur this area in the middle so my ideas I want to kind of make the outer edges look a little blurry and then I love that so much because it's so incredibly awesome let's just use our imaginations that it is that I think I want to use it on this photograph too so the question often becomes well howto white copy smart filter from one photo to another and the answer is you can't exactly do that unfortunately you cannot dragon dropped just the smart filter there's a fairly simple work around it's just not obvious at first people try to like click on the smart filter and drag it and you cannot so what you do is you take your move tool drag and drop the whole smart object and because it's the dragon a smart object the filter comes with it and in this case the file sizes air dramatically different and that's ok because then we can see what we do with that so how dowe I take this smart filter and put it on this other layer well right now I can't exactly because this is a regular background layer so in order to copy a smart filter from one smart object it has to gadhafi to another smart object so that means I'd have to first convert this to a smart object now I can take this smart filter and just drag it down here and then delete this layer so now I have exactly the same settings there's my mask and obviously in this case the mask is way out of whack so the simplest method in this case sometimes like to just free transformed this case I'd probably just fill it with white and start again with painting on the new one but at least if you're trying to create the same effect I don't have the right down say what settings that I use on that filter how did I do that? So if you have a siri's of photographs you kind of look the same way copping the smart filter from one image to another is is the only challenges initially you have to copy the whole thing not just the filter but the entire smart object from one to another and then convert that other one too a smart object and drag it over so it takes a little bit more effort but yesterday if you were watching a member of my favorite expression of compared to the alternative here's another example the alternate with me to write down okay motion blur minus forty seven you know only have all these notes to myself to try and recreate it here I'm just dragging and dropping the existing information instead now I mentioned this earlier technically there's nowhere in photo shop where you pull down the menu and say savers template but one of things I suggest is when you're thinking about smart objects, think of everything as a form of template because for example in this case, even though it's just a smart object with the blur on it, I might decide I want to do his syriza photographs this way but I haven't taken them yet, so if I save this files a psd in a sense it's a template because I can reuse that same information in other photographs later on. So I want to be very clear though, because I've had people look no, I don't see that option that says save his template and there isn't one saving as a psd is the equivalent of saving as a template so all of this only works just like when we talk about layers and working non destructively yesterday this only works if you save is a psd. So if you took a look at all this work and then said savers j peg and threw away everything else, then you effectively took away the whole benefit of being smart because smart objects on ly preserve their smartness inside a photoshopped file not things like j peg and any other kind of flattened version, so what this is doing for us is again opening up all kinds of possibilities so let me do this I think I want to probably just do it with this brick wall again so here's the the kind of situation that will get into him we'll go dulled into this more but I wantto kind of what your whistle for the reality of working with smart object sometimes is it starts toe seem a little more complicated first until you really break it down so in this case I'm going to take this I'm going to convert for smart filters and once again I'm going to do a bit of a blur and on the layer mask I'm gonna mask it's so only the outer edges are affected but here's the thing now I randall problem because now I want to sharpen the other areas well if I did sharpen it would mask the sharp in the same ways and I'd be blurring and sharpening the same part of the photograph which wouldn't make any sense so one of the challenges and this is a question asked before about the one mass per all smart filters this is the problem we run into is if I tried to now sharpened it wouldn't work because I know what would work but it wouldn't give me the result that I want is I want to sharpen this part and if I just show you if I went and said let's do uh on sharp mask hold on again click on the smart object first dave, that would be better so now you see the problem is it's looking at it as if it's already blurred and is trying to sharpen it because it's ignoring the smart filter or the mascot this point so if I tried to sharpen the blur just wouldn't work, so the question becomes, well, how if I want to do that? How can I have a separate mask for the sharpened and the solution which starts this is where life gets interesting and smart objects if I take this smart object and I converted to a smart object so now it's like the russian dolls, I'm putting a container inside a container but the difference is now it's like I'm starting fresh it looks like it's been flattened doesn't it? Because it looks like one layer but now I've got a container, which is my original brick wall that I blurred and mast I put that inside another container, so now I can do my sharpening and now you can see the difference will be that now I have a whole fresh mask where I can say don't blur don't sharpen these part because they're already supposed to be blurry, so now I've got nested smart objects is thie official name for it when you put smart, often smart objects I prefer either russian dolls or what was that movie inception so I did this demonstration one said a live event and I just someone asked a question and up with I think five smart objects nested inside each other in this guy puts and said you must love the movie inception is like I did everyone else is like what dreams within dreams that makes perfect sense to me I get it everyone else's like can you explain to me I'm like, ok imagine so smart object it just now replace that with dreams but and that's kind of the way you have to think because at this point you're like, ok, so that's fair enough but what if I want to edit the settings for the blur? Well, I can't see though, so how do I do that? Well, the way smart objects work remembers his whole container concept, so if I want to look inside the container, I double click on it earlier I don't well clicked on the smart object container it went back to smart object and this cares back to camera. I should say in this case when I double click inside it says, well, here's the original information with the gaussian blur so now I could for example, go on, make this a lot less click ok and I close and save that that updates that container, which then updates the other one so this is one of these things where the first time you do that, you just have to be wary that you don't blow a blood vessel or two because it's kind of like waiting man, let me one's blood container but if you think I really think if you think container and contents, it really helps because you're saying, ok, what are the contents or what is the content of this particular container it's this original photograph with a blur on it? Then if I make put that inside another container, and I'm not suggesting in any way that will do that all the time, but it's not uncommon to do that as a solution, because otherwise I'm not sure how else you would do it. Ok, so let's do one other example of this here's another example of where maybe it should have shown this first, but I'll do it now because it's I think a good example of the difference between in the world of smart objects and smart filters. So I'm going to add some text in here, let's just make it nice and big could see it something, okay? So we're just going to get some techs in here and now I'm thinking, ok toe really have this a text have the effect I want I want to apply a filter so let's talk again before smart objects this is what would happen I go the filter menu and want to do some filter like there's one called texturizing that's kind of neat but when you go to apply a filter to text this is the dialog box you get this type player must be rest arise before proceeding and then even says once again this text will no longer be editable rast arise the type and once again it's prompting me it's inviting me to click ok, there should be a button over here no thank you I'd rather make a smart object but thanks anyway kind of button because that's what you should be thinking is no I don't want to lose the ability to edit my type so quickly kicked click cancel I would really all kidding aside I'd be very happy if that dialog box said you know what it says for that in brackets or try using a smart object because some people look at that because it's probably a click ok, they're like ok, I guess I should click ok then because they don't have someone like me going don't pasteurize so how do I do it? Well, same thing I'm gonna convert for smart filter so now I'm taking my type player and I'm putting it into that protective container so now the contents of my smart object is editable text but if you look really closely at that thumbnail it looks like rast arise type one of your asteroids type you lose the letter t and you see pixels so it looks like a pixel base layer but it's an illusion because that's how smart the smart object is it's it's impersonating rast arise type but it isn't really so now if I go to my filter menu and choose filter gallery and in here there's one that's called texture riser let's make it really obviously see it ok, so now you can see the text has been texturizing and I'm working away and then someone says, I love that but can you just dot dot dot and can you just change the font? Or maybe it wouldn't look as good maybe the shouldn't be all caps or whatever it is so you need to edit the text if you hadrt asteroids the text you would have no going back now what some people will do and I again I get this because I used to knowing this I would duplicate the type player rast arise one copy and apply a filter to that which was ok it was better than nothing but again you see still couldn't edit the settings here I double click let me actually just get rid of some of these other files here just to make it easier to understand what's happening here okay, so the only dr have open is this one when I double click to say edit the contents that's what you're doing when you double click is the same as using the command called edit contents it's going to open a second window and if you look really closely you'll see this second window was always a dot psb file not psd psb was a format invented for big file formats but it happens to be the format they used for contents of a smart object so now I make whatever change that I want to make in this case we'll just change it so it's not all capital letters and I just all I have to do is confirm the type and then I can either close it and save it and then we'll update or just save it so if you want to try different things what many people do is they just hit save then when you come back to this window you see it's automatically updated and its reapplied the filter if you want to really live effect when you only have the here's my smart object the other window is the contents one of things that you can do is going to the window menu and tile them uh let's just do it this way so now what I'll see is in this smaller window I'll see the contents and in this top one I'll see the result so this way, I have almost amore live impact of going okay, if I want to come here and change this to a different color, then as soon as I do, I had saved and it's gonna update up here it is two separate windows, but that's the way a one way where you can say, I want o see a more obvious version of when I edit the contents, what happens in the end result to the smart object, and keep in mind this layer up here is still a regular layer in the sense of other photoshopped functionality. So, for example, I could lower the capacity, or I could change the blend mode, or all those other things that's still going to happen so I could do all that stuff. But it's still live in the sense that any time I can come over here and say, um, whatever it might be making a bit smaller speak and see it so nice. Have tio say that, and then update so it's it's really changing the rules? Because aa lot of things and photo shop, you get the point of going oh, well, my only choice is to rast arise, or you know, something like that, now, that isn't your only choice anymore, it's, this is and I don't often say frankly, I don't usually say this is a better way because I'm always worried I don't want say to someone this is the way you should do it in photo shop but this is the way you should do it in total shop is one of the rare cases where I'm kind of like hitting my fist on table do it this way this is better and it's better because it gives you more options and more control and more everything and the fact that once again if I say this main one as a psd it's like a template so that a year from now you come back and say I should use a different typeface I still can't making my type players smart objects is there any kind of letter that you cannot make a smart object out of? No, I mean basically any layer you khun right click and say convert to smart object so it could be a shape player like them with a custom shaped tool that you wantto do more things to just about anything and as we'll see later on, you can even take multiple layers and convert them into one smart object to edit them together so there's there's really no, you can't do that to this kind of layer yeah I'm apparently not playing around enough yeah, okay, thanks and a couple from the internet dave looks like michelle o s graphics had asks how many smart objects deep can you go? I don't actually know the answer that I did hear rumor once of a guy doing like five hundred in his brain exploded because he just couldn't handle all the information so technically there's probably some number but I don't know what it is all right somebody somebody out there we'll check it out and not have their head it's okay question from head case with nested smart objects is there a way to know what's in the box for example? How deep is the nesting? What filters have been applied at what level? Unfortunately not other than you kind of delving down and going double clicked open that and double click and eventually you'll end up I don't have any more double clicks to go dig down inside so that's the one part initially which I think most people struggle with because they're like I did this a while ago and there's no indication for me to know that so it's just a matter of keep digging doubleclick opens the contest doubleclick in a certain point ago there's my original tight now all can work on that and save and then you have to keep saving back up the other way to get to the point of your kind of document are actually working on and I don't want to make people think that all the time you'll end up with these nested inside necessary mean, that happens sometimes other times just have there's, one smart object and that's it, and you double click and open the contents and edit it, but for some situations, and I'll show some others where you have to get to the result you want, you have to think about, well, maybe I should make that into a smart object and kind of, you know, dig down that way now, there's one other question that usually comes up at this point, so I'll answer it because this happens, tow people at some point is they're editing their text, and they do this where I added more text there's an s there, but because when I double clicked originally on the contents that opened a canvas that was only big enough to show the text that was there. So now some things have happened because there is a letter s at the end of that, but I I can't see it. So if I saved this it's, not you won't see it because it's not inside that canvas. So if you ever change the contents to the point where it's, bigger than it used to be, you have to go the image menu on this contents one and shoes reveal all then it makes the canvas big enough to show what you couldn't see. Now if I say that than it updates the smart object so it's the one kind of trick is that if you're heading the contents especially for something like type, the canvas is always very tightly cropped to the original types. If you choose a different typeface, which is wider or something like that, you can do that, but you may have to first of all, you have to reveal all under the image menu. Secondly, in your final document, you may have to go up now it's a little bit too big and I have to scale it down a bit the this method of tiling the windows as much as it might seem complicated, I almost recommends a good way to start because then it's a little more visual container contents as opposed to container and then in the separate window that I have to switch back and forth through to see the contents. I mean it's a personal choice and sometimes it just doesn't work quite as well because of the what you're working on. But this way it's a nice way to very live see the results of if I change is what will it look like it's the same as going save switch windows just if you have the room then it would kind of make sense to see it more in context. Live. Do you? Can you not make that container first? Do what you normally would do. So everything is editable and then throw it in the container. Yeah, you can. I mean, you could do it at any time, and the decision is based on how much edit ability do you want? So, for example, if you had done a whole bunch of type and you had three type players, then you think I might want to put these in a container. That's fine. It just means when you go toe double click it will open a document that has x number of layers in it, but and it can be anything you want. For example, I could take a photograph with a layer and adjustment layer and you know something else and then say, ok, at this point, I'm happy with the to the point that I want to move on. So to give myself more options, I might at that point make a smart object. So it really it's completely open to however you want to work the on ly reason that I suggest making a smart object early on is if there's, even a remote possibility of you, decide to change the physical size. Or as we'll see later on replaced the contents with another photograph then it works best if you put the photograph in and instantly make it smart object but ifyou're have you been working for three hours and suddenly think this point I may make a smart object that's fine too, so it just means the ability go back and edit the contents will be based on at what stage did you make that smart object so in the world smart object there's really no one hundred percent make sure you do it this way because it will very a little bit depending on the situation start the photograph within the smarter up smart objects and then I kept the text outside aiken do all my edit if I'm not finalized on that yet and then throw it inside this smart object and it any I mean that's like that any that's just more of ah how you work and some people like to go down a certain path experiment before they kind of commit to saying I'm going to do this, but either way I mean like with type here you could see you could easily at a type player and instantly making a smart object or you could work with it for a while and then later on go now I won't apply filters so this stage it makes sense to make it a smart object the main point I really want to make though is any time you see words like rast arise stop that's like wait a minute if it's asking to rast arise there's got to be a better choice and that used to be a roadblock that there were always these work arounds now to me the work around his smart object now the only other question that comes up sometimes is what if down the road you decide I don't want it smart anymore that's the one thing that's that's a bit of a challenge because there's no command that says make it dumb just if it's smart it's smart so the only option would be doubleclick toe look at the contents and then save that file as a psd that's really the only way to get backto layers again a lot of people are wishing there was a command that said you know I don't know unassembled smart object or something but at this point there isn't you can always still see the contents but it's in this file called psb so for example if I want to get back to just this text document I would take this psb file and go save s p s d then it becomes a traditional photoshopped file with layers and everything else so that's the the other kind of thing that people say would have down the road I decide I don't want to smart anymore and my responsibilities why wouldn't you know if if you don't then that's how you have to do is look at the contents and then save it back as a psd file so let's say there's some elements within that smart objects that I want to use in another project right? So aiken take that out by saving it as a more even here like if I decide I want to use this type in a document I could drag and drop this into another file so if you're looking at the contents the contents file is a regular layered files just not a psd file but you can still access things from within that layers panel and go I wanted that adjust mayor over here and go on from that way so that's why I tend to use the word template even though photoshopped doesn't because to me one of the advantages of smart objects everything within it could be considered a reusable element that you could use anywhere else just by digging inside and going where is that oh there it is then you khun continue from there so make sure you one other little eggs sample just to get you thinking a bit about why people use things like smart objects and putting smart objects inside smart objects so let's actually start scratch here all right so that's the apparently canadian spelling of wall with one out it's the one downside having really big type okay, so I got this tax and I said, I want to put a stroke around the outside of it, so I go to the lovely layer styles and find stroke, which is a different place and has always acted next round one and it remembers whatever I last did, so it's saying or let's go with a fair that's a little bit big area, so I got a nice little stroke around the outside, and I'm doing this for a client, you know, some design and they look and they say yes, that looks great now I've seen some designs where they put a different on a second stroke around the outside of a different color. Can you just do that? And my answer is no, sorry, I just cannot because you can't add a second stroke layer style when there's already one there and that's always been a problem is like you just can't do that because there is just not possible, so one option would be the not so great way would be to make this into a selection and then use a command up here called stroke, but then it's not really tied to the techs it's just a line around the outside, so when I was faced with this challenge is like, how how could I take this and kind of start from scratch or start fresh liken add another stroke while preserving this one and the little smart object light bulb went off in my head I went well if I take this and convert to a smart object now the contents of this container is a type player with a stroke on it, but as faras photoshopped concern now I'm starting script from fresh so now I could add a stroke to this so I could add some other color that hopefully we can see let's use white maybe so now I'm putting see now there's a second stroke that I couldn't do that before because once you had a layer and you added a layer style stroke the end you couldn't add another one this way I've added a second stroke, but their benefit of doing it this way is because everything still live. So again they say I love the effect but can you not capitalize the letters just like before? I would double click here to get to my contents and you see the contents in this case is the text with the little stroke around it, so I change this and as soon as I close it and save it is going to update this one to say here's the new type and then reapply to this smart object that has the x a stroke on it so this for many people is one of the things where they at this point they're like uh say what now but what to me, the simplest way to say it is if you ever run in a situation where our full assault won't let me do that it's photoshopped won't let me do that using the traditional methods of using layers if I start looking at it differently going well, if I put that in a container smart object, it means I've finished what I'm doing and I'm kind of starting again and last time I showed this, someone said, so could you keep doing that and add more and more strokes? And the answer is yes, it would just be that same question we had before is there's no really way of quickly telling I'm five levels deep now, so you have to keep double clicking to the point we eventually get to your text and go all there it is now I can edit that, save it and then say that and say, you know, just kind of keep coming back the other way. So what I would suggest for anyone that's trying to learn this concept is this is actually not a bad example to try this there's kind of a test run of smart object is take any photo at a type player at a stroke, convert that to a smart object at another stroke and you may have to play around with the settings for the stroke to see both of them but then very quickly you've seen why it works like makes sense to put two of them and then I want to edit the original types always have to double click to get back to it and here you could all say, you know what? I don't really want this stroke after all, so even that could be changed or you could have a drop shot or whatever you want you're still this is the contents were looking at, so whatever change I make here, whatever it is, I say that and it's gonna update the other one and if you decide like in that case, that was a really bad choice and just say for now over the years got used to speeding things up. I'm using keyboard shortcuts for like, close window enter safe, so I'll terribly you'd be like go to the file menu close window. Yes, I want to say, but because I do this all the time, we open a window with the contents, make a change clothes safe, then I know it's gonna update in this other one and again, I don't wantto early on in the conversation of smart objects say you're always going to end up with these smart audition inside of smart objects, but it does happen you know there are times where it does but this is the kind of thing where it's just, you know, it's it's simpler to kind of look at it from a standpoint of well at what point do I need to make another smart object and same old answer? It depends if you run into a roadblock where you say I would like to add another stroke and I can't then that's the solution is make that smart and then had another stroke or whatever it might be so it takes a bit of getting used to it's a very different workflow a lot of people when they first look they're like this is so different in the way I work and I'm like, well, I hope most people are thinking so different slash better because of the edit ability this has changed so many things for me where I run into that roadblock no, I can't do that. How do I work around? I have to end up doing some kind of work around right make a duplicate copy and rast arise that one but at a certain level I still run to ah can't edit that anymore here everything remains editable always is it just the stroke that that it applies a different methodology ear logic too because you can apparently do your color, alter the text and add on to it in all kinds of ways but then for some reason it's just the stroke that you can't and more than right just any layer style you can add more than one. So whatever the layer stylist stroke bubble in boston just technically you can't have you could have won any layer so that's why in this case the only solution was to make a smart object, so I was starting fresh and adding a stroke to that layer even though that layer already had a stroke and speaking with some people having a stroke right now going what? And I understand for many people this is kind of like a little mind boggling because it's so different and that's why I suggest start off with something really simple. The best place to start is not some really complicated, multi smart object thing because that just gets confusing, but it's kind of the approach that to consider taking so let's look at it. Another example on a perhaps a simpler level of why I might create a smart object for something. And in typical photoshopped fashion, this is one of those there's lots of different ways of doing something. This is just one of them, so I'm going to say whenever I print things, I want to make my life simpler because I know when I print my files I like to put them out certain size and across the bottom have dave cross photography or something like that so I want to create again almost like a template now you could record an action that said take this photograph do all the steps and I used to do it that way but then I thought no I think this this other method might be a little easier so what I would do is use this method of saying place in photo shop and because it's kamerad starts there so I won't bother making any justice in this case and I'm going to scale it down a little bit to say this is kind of the size that I wanted to be now I know when I sharpened my when I print my photographs I like to sharpen them a certain amount so then I add a smart filter for a sharpening using whatever settings I might use for sharpening and then I take my type tool and add something on the bottom this is an example something where so this this is the longest part is you kind of setting up the way you want to look and all that kind of stuff so we're just going to kind of cut the chase a little bit here but normally I would make this look lovely so I have all the information and then I would save this as a psd will do that now because I saved it as a psd again and I want to stress this nowhere in there do like check a little box that said make it a template, but one of the ways you have to look at this file is like a template I want to one other thing I just realized I like to put a little tiny stroke around my photograph just a little one but I want to be able to see it but I know it's there so now I have the photograph that's this size with the little stroke on it and the un sharp mask filter and I say this is a psd now that's my printing template it might not look like a temple it because it has a photo and but one of the other really interesting aspects of smart ob fix that will explore at great length over the next little while is if we keep thinking contents one of the options once you have something something set up is to replace the contents with different contents so I can go over here to this smart object and choose replace contents um I think, well, this won't work perfectly, but you'll get the idea so now it's replaced that, but it's also added the stroke and reapply the sharpened filter so I'm ready to print because I don't have to say wait I have to make sure I sharpen it I want to add that stroke so all I'm doing is saying this photograph is like my placeholder photo, and when it's time to print, I just replace it with another photo and as long as it's ideally, there is the exact same size or very close to it as you'll see, it just does everything it says. Let me put it in there, let me add the stroke, let me sharpen it now just go print. So some of you may have heard of there's an event called help portrait it's held around the world where photographers volunteer their time to take photos of people who can't otherwise afford to have their portrait taken is jeremy cowards and wonderful thing have been involved in it every year, and last year they said, you know, we've got a lot of photographers. Would you be willing to do some quickly touching and printing? So when I got there, I thought, that's, a lot of I mean, I have no problem, but to try and do it in a way that would work. So, son, this is where this thought first occurred to me. We're printing eight by ten's, so I made this kind of template where I said, I'm going to add a layer for retouching, and then I'm going to make that a smart object and sharpen it so it's ready for printing. So as soon as the photographer gave me a print, all I had to do was say replace contents it would pop into the right size I click on the retouching layer and go click click click safe print and all the other re touches down the line we're going how how are you doing that? Your chart churning out photos three times as fast I'm like that's because every time you're going open retouch filter settings I'm just cutting the chase and saying I know I have to sharpen the same amount every time so I made this little template and now every that was actually a couple years ago in subsequent years I know when if they ever ask me again to say retouching print that's just a great way to do it just easier quicker so is there a way to batch process that or would you have to write a script tio yeah for that kind of thing you would now later on today we'll talk about another possibility that could be more of a batch kind of thing in this particular case it was get the guys camera card and say that's the image I want just go replace content and it was like one two three done if I was doing hundreds and hundreds it might be a little more challenging but the smart object concept is that any time you can choose replace contents and the only that not only the main important notice and hear it thankfully worked relatively well even though I didn't plan it out very well that these photos were close enough to the same side you saw it's a little smaller but if it was way smaller would be like tiny so whenever you're choosing replaced contents in an ideal world you'd be saying every file I'm bringing in is set to the same dimensions in camera raw so I know it's gonna go bang and his fit the exact size that the scharping will be applied the stroke will be there and I'll just now disco print and then I go replace contents but the next one so that's a much simpler example but a very powerful one of smart objects because when you think about the alternative of every time going opening copied into this document scale it down to fit at a stroke at a filter. Now print this cut all those steps out of there because I'm pretty the same printer I knowing the sharp in the same amount and even if I wasn't I could still edit those sharpening settings for another printer so remember every aspect it's still layer based, so that means I can edit every setting and if I need it to tweak it a little bigger smaller I still could but the fact that this template in quotations is set up means most of the work is done for me so if the size wasn't the same what would you do well in action what would happen is reese was it would just come in really poorly sized either too big or too small and you have to manually resize it you couldn't create in action two well you could but the problem is you don't know how big or small if it's not exactly the same it could be way bigger or slightly bigger so in those cases and action wouldn't help you because you're going to be scaling I mean it's it's really just free transformed but the biggest challenge is if it comes into small then if you free transform it up you're gonna lose a bit of quality so this type of template works best if you think to yourself I'm always starting with this size of file therefore will come in if not identical very very close to it and at worst you may end up making three versions of this template for you know, different size of images and that's one of my points about smart objects is that if you think of it how it can affect your workflow you invest a little bit time in front like this obviously didn't take me very long to create I would do a better job and make the type look nicer but still we're talking ten minutes of time but then from now on every print I'm going to save x minutes because I'm not having to repeat the same operation and some people response is why when you just make an action that you could but for many people this is more visually it's visually easier because you're going to replace contest there it is as opposed to let me run action if something doesn't work, I'm like what just happened so actions were great. I love actions, but for some situation like this is to me it's, it's easier to do this because it's more of a visual process to just go replace conference and they have a quick question from the internet because people are asking about your theory on running actions on smart objects. Can you go a little bit more into that? Yeah, I mean, you could and the thing we have terrible actions, his actions are very literally specific. So if you had an act ocean that said, click on this layer and rotated nine degrees. First of all, it would always look for a layer called that name, so you have to be careful about that, but it depends on the situation. For example, if you said I'm going to replace contents and then I know I need to do these other three steps, you could easily do replace contents and then run in action that that's certainly a possibility for the most part I feel like I haven't needed to because the things I would probably do with inaction would be like apply this filter well it's already there or at a stroke well that's already there so sometimes you get to sort of eliminate the need for additional action because of the way you set up your template is I've got everything I need now having said that there may still be an occasion we go I need a combination of template like this and then an action that does three other steps and that's perfectly fine to the one thing you have to be careful about is when you are recording an action if you physically click on a layer to say I need to click on that layer it's actually recording click on the layer called whatever his name is so if you record that it means every other file it's going to go where's that layer called you know dmc underscore for seven three two and it's not called that anymore so in the world of actions we didn't get into this yesterday but one of things you do with an action is like in this case if I want to record in action with this smart object I would in the action click on the background layer because I know there's always going to be a recall background and use a keyboard shortcut to go pick the next layer up because that way it's not recording the name is this recording pick the next layer above on their keyboard shortcuts for all of those things that say pick the next layer up pick the top layer and that way the action just recording where it is in the stack not the name of it so that's one of the biggest roadblocks you'll run into with actions to go why is networking that's usually why? Because you clicked on a layer so it said the action recorded select the layer called whatever it is and if you don't have that layer anymore than it's going toe stop and go, I can't do that but their message be much more complicated it wouldn't say I can't do that I would say the error the step called something is not available so anyway, so the bottom line is yes you certainly can combine smart objects and actions I think in an ideal world you could get the point where you wouldn't need to because you could do most of it if not all of it through a template like this the answer the question I think so this is the kind of thing where it's a different kind of a thought process but I think once you see what it does you can start to go I could see how I could use that so let's look at another example of a similar kind of a thing photoshopped used to have a thing called contact sheet, it went away for a while, and then enough people complained that it came back again, and I stop using it. Um, first of all, enbridge, there was a function called bridge output that would, to me have a better option for context, because it was more live, but even then, it wasn't customizable the way that I wanted it to be. So I thought maybe I could leverage this whole smart objecting to make my own contact sheet template where I want to say, actually, probably a better name would be picture package, because that's, the one that allow you to do multiple versions of the same photo for someone so that's, really, what I want to do is I want to give someone a one sheet that has several sizes of the same photograph now and photoshopped, that would mean import or copy and paste or whatever, and then make copies and transform them into you could do that. But again, why not take advantage of the whole smart object thing to be able to do that? So the way I would do that, see, like, up some files that I want to use here, let's, use this one, so I'm going to that same place in photo shop and that's going to create that smart object now I'm going to just initially just hit enter to say yep make it smart and I do that because again I want to bring it in at the full size before scaling because if I scaled it and then said make it smart there that's when you have mortuary of running that problem where the sizes don't quite match up so I'm going to take this one and make it a smaller size it's a little smaller and what I want to do is again this kind of picture package thing well even though this is considered a to some extent a regular layer it is a smart object so if I were to duplicated that means I've just made an exact clone of it so now I say and then let's put one down here x we need to make it a little smaller soldiers rotate put it down here okay so all of these are copies of the same smart object I could also option or alter dragged to make another copy and then we'll text right top and let's make one other one of course you could go to town do as many of these you want have little wallet size remember that could be set wallet size photos wallet size that even sounds like a weird thing to say out loud anyone of the ages twenty five one wallet signs is that okay like let's make a couple ok, so I've got this whole thing and of course we'd make it all pretty and nice and I would take my company name and put it over here and have my phone number and all that important stuff in your social media contacts bobby bobby bell and then I say this and now this is my picture pack judge template even it's not called that doesn't say company way have to think of it that way so now I've done all this work happy client they loved their little pick pick picture package and now I'm onto my next client or the next photograph from the same client I have one, two, three, four, five six seven these air seven duplicates of the same smart object and I deliberately used duplicate because I wanted them to be exact clones of the same thing because now I could pick any one of them and choose replace contents and once again I have to find that's the same one I'm feeling that one's a little too big so let's go uh that I know the suspense is killing everyone hopefully this is the same kind of size okay, so I hit place that this one was previously open and camera also what we'll do it again that's ok, so then I hit ok and then it goes through a bank that wasn't exactly the same size but you can see even here it's still not bad if it was exactly the same size it would fit in completely for the way I look at that even this case where it's not the perfect size it's still way faster than the alternative me starting from scratch so if I was cleverer or smarter when I set up my photos I would have said make sure these two photos are exactly the same size and then you would have seen it would have been exactly the same so when someone does this using the right size of photo that's exactly the same it will be exactly the same size every time. So all I would do now is save this as my second person and then go undo so now it's back to my temple again so then the next customer I go replace contents hopefully pick one that's the right size it goes change everything now let's think about this for a second. All I did in this example was I went we'll get duplicate to play made all these copies I could have also apply filters to all of them. I could have added strokes around the outside of all of them so it's up to you as to what level you you take this too but the idea of it is this idea of saying template and we're going to talk more in detail about even other types of templates later on but this is kind of the idea and this is this happens because we said duplicate the smart object because I wanted to be an exact copy often people say, what if you want to use different photographs? Well then you wouldn't do it this way because the whole point doing this way is when I want one photo repeated multiple times. If I wanted all separate photographs, then I would probably just make rectangular placeholders that weren't actual photographs and just went replace this with this photo replace that with that photo it would still be faster but not quite as advantageous is this example but it's all a matter of degree I thought I loved your comment before about, you know, getting bits of your life back and this is an example. Even if you made placeholders and I had to manually replace its contents, it would still be faster than you going dragon scale drag this one in scale because some of the work is done for you and it goes back to my point yesterday is, you know, compared the alternative I can cut out part of the the drudgery of doing it by hand that's still saving me a little chunk of time? Well, you mentioned this during photo shop world and I was there that night making my templates because it did ideal with so many students is it saves me so much time, and even if they don't come in right, you just want they'll adjust right so it's, so much nicer, you just have to do a little tweak and that's again that's hole and I hate to say the same thing over and over again, but I always do it's that whole compared to the alternative, if you had to build everyone from scratch even you're really good. It might take you thirty minutes as opposed to thirty seconds of going replace content. It's just just just ok print on that's kind of the point here is to try and find ways where we can and it faster shoot mohr kind of stuff and that's what this productivity things all about and that's. Why? I think smart objects are really just made for this purpose. It really is a difference between thinking business and productivity and manufacturing multiple times in order to generate the cash flow versus one z two z, right? Art? Yeah, and I think there's a place for both and that's why I'm doing it. The next class is more on that creativity side as well, but even there and we'll talk about this more during the creativity class. I use smart objects as a creativity tool because it gets again the day to day stuff out of the way so I can focus my attention on doing neat stuff you know? So you get this out of the way and then you can build on and say what if I play this filter and this effect then it starts taking me more into the art world, but I'm still doing creating art in a way that's not fourteen hours of work it's too or whatever the math might be like I can't see but is there something there that says these are copies? Well, it's kind of I mean I didn't change the file names so they all say copy one copy to copy three so that's the only kind of, you know, visual and sense this was my original smart object then from that honor goes copy copy one copy to copy three in my case it's more just knowing that as my template, I duplicated them all to make sure they were clones of the same smart object. So if if you created a template, you wanted two different pictures but copies of those there's no way to tell other than you're naming right, which doesn't like that I would probably because when I see one like this, where I see the same photo repeated, that suggests to me this is what this template is forest multiple copies of the same image if I was doing something different, what I would probably do is go in and start just making layers where I just fill it with something and call this photo one and make that a smart object then I could choose replace contents that way and then I can have like a little grid of six different photographs so that's still could be smart ish but not quite a smart as this whole do it all in one shot kind of thing and that just depends on how you build it if you decide I want to have a template that has one big photo and then three smaller ones where they're all different, then there wouldn't be as much of an advantage of doing this method it would beam or just using like what kind of place holders where you're saying replace this black rectangle with photo one and replace this black square with photo to a lot of people use this for album creation because they have a layout where they don't want to have a big photo into small photos and they do it by having placeholders that they did replaced with individual photographs do we have father questions? We absolutely do dave a lot for always here dave so in touch with julie wants to know if you crop the image can you get the crop image information back um, well, yes, what you have to do that one of two ways. If you're starting with camera raw by nature, the crop is non destructive, so you can get it back again. If you are cropping, justin photoshopped and this would be less of a smart object thing. And just in the crop tool there's an option that says delete crop pixels or not. So if I turn that off, then it means it's, a editable crop, so but that would be a choices while you were cropping that have to do that ahead of time. Or like I said, if you started in camera and crop there, that by nature camera is cropping tool is nondestructive great question from one pepe does saving a tiff with compression instead of a psd support all the smart object features it does on dh discusses little but yesterday there's nothing wrong with that. My on ly concern over saving as a tiff. And this is just me personally is when I look in a folder of files and I see file names that say dot, if I have no idea of whether it has layers or not so that's why I personally use dot psd, the files will be a little bit bigger over that way I absolutely no that's, my smart object version, whereas tiff could have layers but it might not but if someone has a workload where they've got to figure it out that this is my method and I have a folder called templates and its tiff that's okay too it's just you have to me make sure you're really sure that you know this is a tip file that has layers and or smart objects in it cool and head case like that would like to know if I brought a file into photo shop as a smart object from it another adobe applications say in designer illustrator when I double click that smart object with that original program be open ted at the file or can you tell us a little bit how that way at least that's really cool especially illustrator users this was like I know I've used elsewhere even before photo shop so in the past if you took an illustrator logo on your copied and pasted in the photo shop it would rast arise it and say you just lost all the benefits of being all nice in vector but oh well now when you do that one of the options is pesetas a smart object so now when that the vector object comes in it says vector smart object if you double click on it it goes back to illustrator you can edit it and after the break we'll probably set that up all set up I think we like your own help appreciate your health and that I will set it up so I can actually show that because I don't have the luxury of running right now but yes, if you if the source of the information from another adobe application when you double click the contents it goes back to that original application so especially for military uses it's a godsend to be able to go back and forth preserve the edit ability the illustrator file but then work on it in photos so just as a follow up to that from spoke tonight if you place a smart object in photo shop maybe from illustrator and then that ob it was deleted does it affect the photoshopped document glad that question was asked that actually brings up a really good point one of the extra benefits of smart objects and the reason why I'm not terribly concerned the file sizes bigger is because it's also wonderful backup plan because if you have a smart object and photo shop and you delete the original it's not linking back to the original it's embedded in your photo shop document so that way you you have this natural back up I'm gonna go oh no, I just deleted that raw file it's still in here it doesn't link backs another where the smart not just not a link to the original file it's a version of it so if I took an illustrator logo paces in the photo shop as a smart object and then somehow lost my original it's still there by double click on it it opens a window and illustrator that's a smart object window that I could then save as an original illustrator file again so that's that's one of the reasons why when people say yeah but smart opens the file size gets bigger that's why it gets bigger it's giving us that backup plan to say if I really mess up I know I haven't lost information and that to me is worth the price of a bigger file size because it gives me that inherent backup plan of groups I didn't mean to delete that but I still have it excellent hey elaine in oregon asks can you use a clipping math mask with a smart object? Yes you can't here's what's really cool I can't say that so many times they here's what's really cool about smart object because they're just really cool so once it's smart it's still for all intensive purposes a regular photo shop player so for example in this layer I decide that and we'll just do this even though it's not the ways example the world that I really should have made this an oval shape instead of square so I could either add a layer mask to do it that way or answer of a clipping mask I could make a layer below and then clipped them together it's, still smart up here, is just appearing differently because of standard photo shop operations like at a mask or out of clipping mask or anything like that, so smart objects have all these benefits but underlying everything for all intents and purposes that operates like a regular layer with all these added benefits. So you've been still lower opacity, change blend modes, clipping mask, layer styles, layer mask all things you'd normally do a layer and have access to edit the contents so that's one of the other reason that makes it so great as you can really go down any path you want, try things knowing that at any point I just back right out and go, they never mind that take away the mass take off the clipping mask and of the original contents, you know, it's just there's so many benefits and so few downsides there really are. But I also understand that for many people it's such a different approach that really does take and maybe thought you could just if you don't mind, say, you know the first time you actually try to implement that what it was like to take that kind of different approach and implement the smart objects well, it's like riding a bike for the first time, I mean, after I took one session of maybe ten students and by the time I was halfway through, it was pretty fluent. I mean, once you set it up, it's a system and then if you want to change as this one, they want to do another one with different size photos. You already done it once if you if you if you have a hard time doing it, just go back to your old one and and uses a reference, and it was a little more difficult. The one thing I have found that I'm a white room user and I import them over smart objects, and when I do make the the place as replace photo, it doesn't automatically sink back to my flight room, right? That was, you know, struggle for me, but now I just think the folders again, and I'm back where I started, so yeah, I mean, it just takes you a few times to do it like anything else in the photo shop. Once you do it several times, you go, ok, I'm getting I get it and then you get better at it and I think that's a really key point. I've said that for years that when I show a certain technique that's ok, so here's the reality the first time you try this it's going to take forty seven minutes the second time is going to take thirty and by the fourth time maybe like ten minutes because you now you're not having to check your notes and go what's happening here you just do it because you've done it enough times and I think that's as true with smart I'll just anything else is that the first couple times like now? I mean, what am I doing? What he's going to do? And then the next time you like, okay? And like he said, by the next time that just becomes a workflow system kind of thing, not a how does this work? You're just doing it, you know, like anything else it's undue year old habits and then time and patients to create a new habit and then you don't and I bought also also said for photo shop futures we are creatures of habit, one of the be my probably most I have this habit of, you know, I like to show new things and photo shop I tell the same jokes for many, many years that they work, I keep using them and I always for many years of have surveyed a group of people and said how many people are self taught in voter shop on almost every puts their hand up and I said, you know, the problem was being self taught is the teacher you know, if your how do you, like, teach yourself something you don't know, so, really what people do is they discover things that works. They keep doing it that way because they know it works. So for someone to come in and go, stop this way, you've been doing forever and change to this other method. It is hard, it's. A change is difficult, but when you acquaint change with so if I invest the heartache of changing and it's going to save me all this time and get my life back and get through, then it's worth that investment of heartache of going, I kind of understand this smart everything, and then one day goes up ok, and then from then on, it's, like, saves me time, like you know what?

Class Description

Time means money. If you can work quickly and efficiently in the competitive world of professional photography, your dream of turning your passion for photography into a lucrative business are always within reach.

Adobe® Photoshop® master Dave Cross is teaming up with creativeLIVE to teach you practical techniques that you can use every day to be more productive, giving you more time to focus on interacting with and finding new paying clients. During this 2-day course, you will learn how to use built-in automated features in Adobe® Bridge and Adobe® Photoshop® and timesavers such as Layer Comps, Adjustment Layer Presets and Tool Presets. Dave will simplify all of the Adobe® Photoshop® Actions and show you easy ways to utilize this powerful automation tool. You’ll also get tips on how to take advantage of many outside the box methods in Adobe® Photoshop® that will give you additional ways to streamline your photo editing.

If you are spending too much time on laborious Adobe® Photoshop® processes, you won't want to miss this comprehensive, 2-day course with Dave Cross.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS6