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Working with Photoshop Smart Objects

From: Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

Video: Working with Photoshop Smart Objects

You know, perhaps one of the most powerful things about using both Illustrator and Photoshop is not that you can just start inside of Illustrator and then end up inside of Photoshop, but it's that you can actually use both of these applications together, almost as if they were one, meaning taking the benefits or taking the best out of what both of these applications can offer. Now we're talking specifically in this video title about using Illustrator for the web, but if you want to learn more about using Photoshop for the web, you might want to check out Jan Kabili's excellent title of the Online Training Library here at lynda.com.

Working with Photoshop Smart Objects

You know, perhaps one of the most powerful things about using both Illustrator and Photoshop is not that you can just start inside of Illustrator and then end up inside of Photoshop, but it's that you can actually use both of these applications together, almost as if they were one, meaning taking the benefits or taking the best out of what both of these applications can offer. Now we're talking specifically in this video title about using Illustrator for the web, but if you want to learn more about using Photoshop for the web, you might want to check out Jan Kabili's excellent title of the Online Training Library here at lynda.com.

It's called Photoshop CS5 for the Web. Now in this movie specifically, I'd like to talk about using both Illustrator and Photoshop almost at the same time. Now, we've already seen that we could take an entire design that was mocked up inside of Illustrator and bring it into Photoshop and retain all its wonderful editability. However, the content that I am looking at right now is all rasterized, it's all pixel-based, and I lose some level of editability in my design. For example, let's take a closer look here at the navigation. I am going to zoom in just a little bit on this page, and if we take a look at the logo that's right here, let's go to the Layers panel here, take a look at our Navigation here, I have the Explore logo, which is really all one image.

Now I can select this layer, and I can scale it. I'll press Command+T and then I can kind of enlarge this if I want to make this bigger, but then I start to see pixels here because, after all, this was rasterized at that size. So if I try to enlarge it, I start to run through some problems. In addition, if I wanted to make some small changes to the artwork, well, then I have to go back into Illustrator for that. So let's talk about a way that we can actually manage this process in a more intelligent way. I'll press Escape to kind of Undo that change that I just made, and I am going to go into Illustrator, and in this, document home_page.ai, this is where I originally created this logo which is still in its vector state. In fact, it's a symbol here inside of Illustrator.

I am actually going to take this piece of art right now and simply copy it, Command+C or Ctrl+C on Windows, and now I'll switch to Photoshop, and I am going to paste. Notice that when I do so, Photoshop brings up this dialog box, asking me, well, how do I want to paste that piece of art? Now I could choose to paste it in one of four different ways. I can paste it as a shape layer, as paths, as pixels or as a Smart Object, and I want to focus on Smart Objects right here because it's going to allow me to do a lot of really great things here inside of Photoshop. So I am going to choose Smart Object and click OK. The piece of art appears here, and I am just going to hit Enter, and I could position it right over here on top of this logo.

In fact, I am actually going to take the Explore logo, the original one, and just kind of hide that layer right now. You'll notice, if you look at the layer, this little icon here that appears in the lower right-hand corner. This indicates that this is a vector Smart Object. What exactly is a Smart Object? Well, if I press Command+T now, and I scale this up in size, when I click OK, Photoshop actually re-rasterizes it because the Smart Object contains the original Illustrator vector art inside of it. This means that no matter how I want to work with this piece of art, I can resize it to virtually any size here inside of Photoshop, and it will always look clean and sharp.

Let me press Undo here to kind of reduce it back to the original size. But as we discussed before, there may be times when I want to edit this artwork. Well to do so, I could simply come over to the Layers panel and double-click on this Document icon. Photoshop tells me that this piece of art was actually created inside of Illustrator, and if I click OK, you can see that I am now inside of Illustrator here because Photoshop actually took this piece of art, made a copy of it, and opened it up into its own document that's called Vector Smart Object. It's important to realize that this is not the original piece of art that I had, and this document here for homepage, it's completely separate; it's really a copy of that piece of art right here.

This piece of art is actually still a symbol, so I am going to double-click on it so that I can edit the symbol, and maybe I will select here just the background. Instead of making it white, let's give it maybe a kind of a blue color for the sky, and maybe we'll change the sun to a nice bright yellow color, so I'll Shift+Click over here to bring up the color ramp or the color slider here, and choose a nice yellow color for the sky. Now that I've done that, I am simply going to save my file: Command+S or Ctrl+S on Windows, and I am going to close the file. Now, I'll return back to Photoshop, and you can see that the file automatically updates in place.

So you can easily see how powerful working with Smart Objects are inside of Photoshop. In fact, if you want to learn more about Smart Objects, I'd highly suggest that you take a look at Deke McClelland's excellent title about Using Photoshop with Smart Objects. You can find it at the Online Training Library here at lynda.com, and I'm sure that you'll start to see just how really powerful working with Smart Objects can be.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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