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Modifying Smart Objects

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Video: Modifying Smart Objects

The most powerful feature of Photoshop Smart Object integration is the ease and efficiency with which you can make full site image updates. As you will see, if you edit the original image in Photoshop, Dreamweaver will indicate that the current image does not contain the most recent version. In addition to keeping tabs on the status of your Smart Objects, Dreamweaver also gives you the opportunity to edit your Smart Object in Photoshop, re-save the Web version of it, and update it in Dreamweaver, all in one round-trip workflow. We'll explore the round-trip functionality first, and then discover how Dreamweaver monitors Photoshop Smart Objects once they've been updated.

Modifying Smart Objects

The most powerful feature of Photoshop Smart Object integration is the ease and efficiency with which you can make full site image updates. As you will see, if you edit the original image in Photoshop, Dreamweaver will indicate that the current image does not contain the most recent version. In addition to keeping tabs on the status of your Smart Objects, Dreamweaver also gives you the opportunity to edit your Smart Object in Photoshop, re-save the Web version of it, and update it in Dreamweaver, all in one round-trip workflow. We'll explore the round-trip functionality first, and then discover how Dreamweaver monitors Photoshop Smart Objects once they've been updated.

So here I am the gallery.htm. I'm going to scroll down to find my banner graphic. There it is on the page and notice that it still synced to the original Photoshop file. Now I want to give you guys doing the Exercise_ Files at home a little heads-up here. If you open up this file and you see a little green and yellow arrow here or a red and yellow arrow here, that means that it's not in sync anymore. Dreamweaver and Photoshop have a very tight integration. If that file is moved at all, sometimes just copying it over to your hard drive can do it, Dreamweaver wants to update the most recent version of it, and sometimes that can be a little tricky.

Now we're going to show you guys how to update it and get the most recent version of it in just a little bit, but occasionally, a bug surfaces. They do happen. If that bug surfaces, and it just does not allow you to update that image, then just go ahead and replace it to get a fresh one in there. You won't be experiencing this within your site. The only reason that you might experience it within this particular exercise file is because of the fact that Exercise_Files are copied and moved in so many different places throughout the process. That may throw Dreamweaver little bit.

But if that does happen to you, just go ahead and get rid of this one, place the Photoshop file again, just like you did in the last movie, and you should be able to pick right back up that point in the lesson. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and select this banner graphic. Again, it's current. The image is doing fine. There is no problem there. But what I need to do now is make a change, maybe the seasons are changing. It was winter when this banner was graphic. It was placed first place on the page, but we got summer coming up now. So maybe we need to change it to reflect that. So to do that, I'm going to explore the round-trip editing features that Photoshop and Dreamweaver offers us.

So with that selected, I'm going to go right down to my Properties Inspector. I'm gong to click the Edit in Photoshop icon right there. That's going to switch me over to the Photoshop. Notice that it opened up the source Photoshop file and not the flattened JPEG. So if I go over here in the Photoshop and look at my Layers panel - I'm just going to close the Brush Presets panel here - I can see that I've got a fully layered Photoshop file now. So it took me back to the original PSD document, not the JPEG. Well this is going to be a very easy change for us to make, because I'm just going to turn off the visibility of the winter layer folder group and turn on the visibility of the summer layer folder group. Perfect.

So it's a quick and easy update to our banner graphic, but really at this point, you can make any change that you want here. You can add layers. You can add text. You can add effects. You can brighten things. I mean it's whatever change you want to make. All right. So now I'm going to go up and Save this file, and as soon as that is saved, I can close it. I can move back into Dreamweaver. Now when I move back into Dreamweaver, Dreamweaver has a little bit of message for me. You'll notice that now my arrow is no longer green and green. It's now green and red.

What this is saying is, "Hey. This Original Asset has been Modified since the last time you were in Dreamweaver." Well, yeah, we know because we just did that, right? So Dreamweaver's basically saying, "Look, do you want the modified version of this? Do you want me to go ahead and update it?" Yeah, we do want that. So there are two ways to do this. With the image selected, we can go down to the Properties Inspector, and you can see right here, we have a little graphic that says Update from Original. So clicking on that would go out, find the most recent version of it from Photoshop, and overwrite our banner JPEG.

Now the second way to do this is to simply right-click. We could right-click our graphic, and we could choose Update from Original. As soon as we do that, it's going to go out, get the most recent version of that, and it's going to overwrite our banner.jpg. Now that's really cool because in Photoshop we didn't have to do Save for Web and Devices. We didn't have to browse out and find this banner.jpg. We didn't have to overwrite it. All we needed to do is come right back into Dreamweaver and say yes, give me the most recent modified version of that Photoshop. That also means that you're not required to go get the most recent version of it.

If you've modified that banner, but it's going to be say, a month or two away, before you have to use it live on your site, then you just wait till that point to modify it. Now the really good news is this is going to be updated in your site no matter how many times it's used within your site. For example, go ahead and open up the mission.htm as well. If I scroll down there, I see that the change has automatically been made there, and the graphic is synced up as well. So Photoshop and Dreamweaver are going to go ahead and sync this site-wide, and wherever you've used the Smart Object, you're going to get the most recent version of that graphic as soon as you update one of them.

So from a strictly timesaving standpoint, the Dreamweaver Photoshop Smart Object integration makes very extremely compelling workflow. When you add in the functionality of being able to create the graphics upon insertion, for many users, this workflow will quickly become the standard workflow. Now one size doesn't fit all, of course, and you need to consider carefully whether you want to adapt this workflow for some or all of the images in your site. As we will see, this isn't the only integration that Photoshop and Dreamweaver shares. It ignores working with Fireworks, which is another powerful Web graphics creation tool entirely.

In the end, it's simply one of many options that you have available when editing the images on your site. A choice is a good thing. This is a great choice to have.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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