Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive

Lesson 47 of 68

When to Use Smart Objects

 

Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive

Lesson 47 of 68

When to Use Smart Objects

 

Lesson Info

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

Lessons

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

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

This is a fantastic course, and I'm so happy that I bought it. I am currently downloading so I may create DVDs for myself. Will you upload HD formats for Day 3 Eps 02 & 15 please? Thank you so much for this wonderful course!

Bern
 

Great class...Lesa great teacher, very talented. I have also purchased this course....what do I do next? Download or a DVD will be sent out? Please advise and again THANKS Creative Live for getting Lesa for your program.

Ilona Berzups
 

Outstanding course, articulated clearly and concisely with great step-by-step examples, easy to follow and apply