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.

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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


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


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