Editing Smart Objects
So here I am in my photo shop template for my twitter page. So this is the graphic that you see on my twitter page at photo lisa so what I did here was I downloaded corkboard art for my stock, and I tacked on little book covers. Okay, so guess what? I have a new book this year I photo eleven in the sea manual, so if I want that book to come in at exactly the same size with the same treatment of these other, too, because I placed with the file place command this original art for the cs four book, and I rotated it, and I added a tiny black stroke along the edges of it to make it stand out. Then I duplicated that smart object, and then I moved it over, and I replaced the contents of that smart object with another cover, so that my size is exactly the same in the treatment of it is exactly the same. Each one of these book covers has a little drop shadow on it to to make it stand out from the court board. So let's, just look at that. So I already have open the layer group that I created tha...
t has the c s five book and the little pushpin on it, so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go ahead and click that layer group and I'm just going to duplicate it okay, so I think click and drag the whole group down down to the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel or I could choose layer duplicate group either one so I'm gonna go ahead and do that and I'm going to name this one I photo eleven because that's the cover then I'm going to replace it with so photoshopped duplicated it but it's in the same position so it's on top of the original so now I'm gonna grab the move tool and I'm gonna come down here seem at a little bit and we're going to move it down so that's where I want my eye photo eleven but to show up so now what I need to do is I need to activate the layer onto which the cover actually lives and that's pretty easy to spot here in the layers panel I can see that cover right there so if I click that later and I control click or right click near the layer name not the layer from nail near the layer name I get that contextual many that we saw earlier in the day that lets me replace contents now what's going to watch closely to these two covers when I do this replace contents with this out of the way navigates where it toward the cover lives so here's my eye photo eleven cover I'm gonna go ahead and click place both covers changed because what I have done was I had simply done a straight copy of the smart object, so when you do a straight copy of a smart object, all instances of that copy get updated at the same time. Sometimes you may want that sometimes you may not want that in this case, I don't want to update every instance of that smart object, so I have to make the copy in a slightly different way, okay? And this is pretty heady stuff I'll give you that. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and delete the new layer group I just created case I'm gonna grab that, I felt a layer group drag it down to the trash can, and now we're back to where we started except for I've still got the eye photo eleven book here, so I'm gonna go ahead and click on that smart object layer controller, right click to replace the content let's, go back to the c s five cover so we're back to where we started. Ok, so now what I want to do is I want tio duplicate these guys in a way that isn't gonna link the content to each other. Because when you just when you duplicate a smart object layer there linked, so you change if you change the contents of one, they're all going to change. So what I wanted, tio, is duplicate them away where they're not linked, and to do that, you need tio select the items and from the layer many, you're going to choose layer smart objects when it's not gonna let me do two layers at once, okay, we'll just do one layer, so I'm on my smart object layer of the book cover I'm going to go the layer menu and she's smart objects new smart object via copy again could not be more cryptically named command, but this is going to create a copy of my smart object that is not linked so that I can swap the content of the one instance without updating every other instance in my document. Okay, so I'm gonna say new smart object via copy. I've got another another book cover here, so I'm gonna go ahead and grab my move tool and drag him down, and I'm going to go ahead and just duplicate that red pushpin by pressing command or control j so I've got another pushpin for my book cover here now I'm going to go back to that copy I made via the layer menu layer smart object new smart object via copy that's, the command that we used so now I'm on that copied layer now, when I control or right, click near the layer name. Actually, I need to make my layers paying a little bit bigger, so I can I was clicking on the effects, and it kept bring you up the effects menu you want to control or right click near the layer name. Now we get our smart object menu, so now when I choose, replace contents and I go to the I photo book, the other instance of the smart object didn't change so that's, even another level of power. Four using smart objects in your document, and even if you're not to this level yet, or you're not using this kind of stuff. It's wonderful to know what you can do with smart objects, so if you just duplicate a smart object, they're going to be linked, and when you replace the contents, all instances of that content is going to change. But if you activate the smart object and choose layer smart object, new smart object via copy, it creates an unlinked instance that you can swap, and the whole reason I did that was to retain the size and all of the style treatment that I had given those other two covers. Okay, so that's, another thing that you could do a smart objects, yes, not exactly that. But when you moved that that copy down, it went under the one below it. Why did it do that instead of going over it? That's a great question. When I moved the new book cover, it slipped underneath this other ad right here, that's, because of the layer stacking order up. Here is where the ad lives. The ad lives at the top of my layer stack, so anything that's at the top of your layer stat can cover up anything that's underneath. So, that's. Why?