When to Use Smart Objects


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


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When to Use Smart Objects

A lot of people in the chat room have been asking this question all morning, so we thought would be great to just get out of the way is when do you use the smart objects versus not just the general rule is to why should I use it at one point and why should I not? Great question so the reason we didn't use a smart object for this particular levels adjustment is because we can make the levels adjustment run as an adjustment layer so it will happen in its own little space, okay? The reason we used a smart object with the shadow adjustment or shadow highlight adjustment rather is because that particular adjustment is not available as an adjustment layer, so there is no way to read it non destructively so that's why we used to smart object in order to get that adjustment to run in its own space because it's not available as an adjustment layer levels is available as an adjustment layer, so we didn't need to use a smart object to protect our original image. Another rule of thumb for using sm...

art objects is if you're going to be experimenting with the physical size of the image let's say not so much for photographers, but if you're building a collage and you had a lot of experimentation to dio on on size so in other words you're going to be using free transform a lot then that's a good situation and use a smart object because instead of continuing to resize the same pixels if you use a smart object, it's almost like photo shop is reverting back to the original that it remembers when you're doing all that re sizing so instead of re sizing and then re sizing the image again, you're re sizing the already resized pixels that's not happening with a smart object it's almost like photo shop was reverting to the original it remembers and its re sizing that instance of it so experimentation with size is another great reason to use a smart project and never great reason to use a smart object is if you're going to run a filter because that is the only way to run filters non destructively and as you've seen when you run a filter on a smart object you get blending options. You get opacity control of the filter itself and you get an automatic layer mask that makes smart filters more efficient or using a smart object with a filter more efficient than just duplicating your layer because then if you needed a mask you have to add it manually and you still wouldn't have opacity control or blending options really on the filter itself so you get more editing flexibility with using a smart object with filters and you would with just duplicating the layer and running the filter on the duplicate layer uh in the next great reason to use smart objects, if you have a repeating graphic in your design, then you can up the day all of those different graphics all those same graphics that have been repeated by updating one instance of your smart object. Yet another great reason to use a smart object is if you need to apply the same color effect to a bunch of photos rather than just one, just like I did the tease or yesterday for you with elvis are elvis picture over here where we are zapped the color from the image, and we added a brown overlay, and then we out of the dark and edge vignette. And then we swapped out that photo for another photo in the photo that we we rotated in took on all the attributes that we had applied to the original. So that's, another great reason to use smart objects. If you know in advance, you're gonna have to get the same effect to more than one photo. And the last reason that can give you to use a smart object is if you're going to bring in a vector illustration and you want the illustration to retain its vector nous again, do you have possibility in sizing? Because you're not going to lose inequality if you resize a vector, because if you bring in, is a smart object. Photoshopped knows that it's a vector, even though you didn't make it inside a photoshopped with photo shop specter tools. Maybe you made it an illustrator, or carell draw some other vector program like that. So those air a few of the reasons when you would use a smart object, you certainly don't have. Teo teo, open. Every single image is a smart object, but it's it's great to know about them, so you can understand when the utilize them, so hopefully that helps clarify smart objects a little bit. All right, so before the break, we looked at three different ways to use the levels adjustment. And, as you saw, it can take a really cracking image and turn it into a really fantastic image.

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


1Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers 2Workspace Overview 3Q&A: Workspace 4The Truth About Resolution and File Formats 5Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality 6Q&A: Resolution and File Formats 7Resizing with the Crop Tool 8Cropping with the Ruler Tool 9Resizing with Content-Aware Scale 10Resizing for Print/Web 11Layers and Layer Types 12Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers 13Q&A: Layers 14Creating Reflections 15Layer Alignment Tools 16Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers) 17Colorizing a Black and White Image 18Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers 19Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage 20Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage 21Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack) 1Using Selections Part 1 2Using Selections Part 2 3Q&A: Selection Tools 4Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes 5Tightening Up Layer Masks 6Painting Selections with QuickMasks 7Using Vector Drawing Tools 8Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette 9Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo 10Use Channels to Create Selections 11Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur 12Refine Edges Part 1 13Refine Edges Part 2 14Creative Edges on Photos 15Embellishing with Vector Art 16Creative Vector Photo Frames 17Editing Smart Objects 18Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette 1Smart Objects: Selective Blurring 2Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening 3Sharpening with the High Pass Filter 4Q&A: Sharpening 5Auto Color Adjustments 6Shadows and Highlights 7Using Levels 8When to Use Smart Objects 9Using Curves 10Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes 11Enhancing Eyes and Teeth 12Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation 13Changing Colors by Hand Painting 14Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle 15Color to Black and White 1Healing Brush 2Content Aware Fill 3Using Text in Photoshop 4Designing with Baseline Shift 5OpenType Fonts 6Placing Text Behind an Object 7Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text 8Pushing Photos Through Text 9Adding Texture to Your Text 10Convert Text to Paths 11Combine Images using Advanced Blending 12Realistic Photo Aging 13Faking HDR 14Wrapping Texture Around an Object