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Photoshop Smart Objects explores the creation and use of Smart Objects, one of the most technically demanding tools in Photoshop. Deke McClelland walks through the four primary purposes of Smart Objects, and focuses on one of their most practical advantages, non-destructive transformations. This feature allows any object to be manipulated in any way, while still maintaining its original pixel information. Finally, Deke shows how to crop compositions without affecting a single pixel, even in masks. Exercise files accompany this course.
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I've saved my progress as massive logo.psd, found inside the 02_ACR_and_Illustrator folder. In this exercise, we're going to make the logo translucent and the whole reason I am doing this is I just want you to witness. Even though this is a completely foreign object where Photoshop is concerned, it comes to us from Illustrator. And all of a sudden Photoshop is expected to take this PDF information, which is what it is essentially, render it out to pixels on the fly and then bring to bear everything that you can do to a standard layer to this layer.
So in other words, I can change the Opacity value, I can change the Blend mode, I can do whatever I could to a standard pixel-based layer here inside the layers palette. So, let's give it a shot. First thing I am going to do. I've got my Selection tool active, so I can press the 2 key, to reduce the Opacity value over here to 20%. That makes it translucent, obviously, and you can experiment with the Opacity value if you want to. Now I want to lose the color, so I am just keeping the Luminance Levels associated with the logo and blending them in with the blue of the sky.
So, I am going to go up here to the Blend mode pop-up menu, click on it and change it to Luminosity. And then we should lose all that yellow, but we don't. And the reason is because the yellow is applied with a layer effect and the layer effect is not currently being affected by that Blend mode. Now there is a way you can force the layer effect to be affected by that Blend mode, if you want to. But the easier thing to do, in our case, is to just expand that layer, like I did by clicking that down pointing arrowhead and then turning off Color Overlay.
And that will get rid of the effect. And notice that it's different, by the way, than the effect we would get if I still had the Blend mode set to normal. Now I would see the original purplish showing through, as you can see here. So it's important that you do both operations, that you turn off Color Overlay and you change that Blend mode to Luminosity. And that is the final version of the composition folks. I am just going to go ahead and press Shift+F to switch to the Full-Screen mode. That is the final version of the composition, there is one more thing I want to show you, how to embed PDF data into the drawings that you create inside of Illustrator and I will show you exactly that, in the next exercise.
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