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Another new feature inside of Photoshop CS5 gives you the ability to actually drag content from your desktop into an open document and then place that content as a Smart Object in the new document. Let's take a look at how this works. Here in my desktop, you can see that I have this, image leaf.tif. While in Photoshop, I can actually click on this document and then drag this into my open file here. And as I do that and let go, you can see that it's going to allow me to place this file. Press Enter or Return in order to place that image.
At this point, we can then reposition in order to move the image to this point. I do want to point out that this is being placed as a Smart Object. You can see so because there's a little icon on the layer thumbnail that shows this is indeed a Smart Object. Well, in order to change the original file, we can simply double-click this in order to open up that file. Let's go ahead and click OK in order to open up the original leaf file. Well now at this juncture, if I make a change to the leaf file here, and I'll go ahead and make a Color change, and I'm going to do this by pressing Command+U or Ctrl+U and then clicking OK and then pressing Command+S or Ctrl+S to Save, you can see it's going to update the Smart Object here as well.
Now if we don't like this particular edit, we'll simply go back to the original file, Undo that and then save it out, and it will, again, update the Smart Object in the other document window. So, I just want to highlight this new feature. It's a nice and handy way to now work quickly with multiple documents when you want to combine those two together.
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