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Most Adobe Photoshop artists don't make use of Smart Objects, and thus miss out on a potentially very powerful tool. With Smart Objects you can create a complex transformation once and then swap out the contents for any artwork you choose. In this workshop, Photoshop artist and author Steve Caplin shows you how you can use Smart Objects to enhance almost all your Photoshop work. Learn to simplify and speed up repetitive tasks, and create templates that can be repurposed as many times as you wish.
The cutout of this girl has been done as a Layer mask, and that's because the girl is actually a Smart Object, and that Smart Object contains a camera raw image. Here, we'll see just why that's so important, and see how much flexibility it offers us. So let's add a background to this image. And here is the background I want to use, its a shot of rooftops in Morocco and we can drag this into our main image. As we zoom out, we can see obviously when we drag it in its color above the girl layer lets leave it behind her so we can see that two together. Now, the rooftops fit rather well in there.
We could even make this canvas a little bit wider, we don't know we cropped it earlier. That'd make this say, 18 centimeters wide. And when we do so, we can see that there appear to be white stripe son either side. That's actually the original image showing through from this girl, and if we hide the layer mask we can see actually this is part of the tent that was behind her when she was photographed. We can fix that by selecting both of these stripes. And then simply filling them with black on the layer mask. So there's our girl against this background and the problem is that the background was shot outdoors on a bright sunny day in Morocco and the girl was shot in a tent on a rather dismal dreary day in England. So how can we fix this? Well it clearly is that she is Smart Object, so as we double-click the layer, she opens up in a new window, and we can see this is the original camera raw dialog.
So we can zoom in on her, we can adjust the Color Temperature if we drag this to right, that's adding a lot more warmth into the face. We can even add a little bit of Blur on here to reduce that noise. So we can start by going to the Sharpening section, and increasing the Noise reduction on the Luminance. Now let's go back to the main pane and increase the exposure slightly. When we now say Ok to this, we returned to our document, and there is the Smart Object now fixed.
And you can see how she's a much better tone now for the background. And looks much more as if she's sitting on a rooftop wall in Morocco. In this chapter, we've seen how we can work with camera raw files almost as if they were regular Photoshop layers. Without every losing camera rolls extraordinary ability to manipulate images. This technology greatly extends Photoshop's capabilities when working with raw images.
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