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In this movie I'll show how to modify this artwork inside of Illustrator and then save the changes back to Photoshop. When you're working with a Smart Object, everything about that object is embedded in the current file. So in other words, there is no link between the Illustrations in the original tigertattoo.ai file on disk. So you were to make some changes to that file, they would not be reflected inside of this image. Instead, the entire Illustration is embedded inside of this Photoshop composition which means that you need to edit it from the composition as well and here's how.
We'll start things off by double-clicking on the thumbnail for the tigertattoo layer here inside the Layers panel. If you get this alert which is just telling you how Smart Objects work, you will probably want to turn on that Don't show again checkbox and then click OK. Now we're looking at the nested Smart Object, the one that contains the Illustration itself, to edit it go ahead and double-click on its thumbnail once again inside the Layers panel, and that's going to take you into Illustrator. Notice that Photoshop just launched Illustrator for me. I'm going to a head and maximize Illustrator so it takes up the entire screen here and I'll press Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on a Mac in order to fit the Illustration inside the window.
Now the specific modification that I want to make is to fill the black portion of the tiger's face with that same gradient that I've currently assigned to the flames. Assuming that you've got the black Arrow tool selected at the top of the toolbox, then you can just go a head and click anywhere on this black path outline and select the entire thing. So it's essentially this very complicated compound path. Now in order to match the Fill of the Flames you want drop down to the eye-dropper tool which you can get by pressing the i key just as you do inside Photoshop.
And then click inside either the Fill Shapes. The only problem now is that the gradient is at the wrong angle and you solve that problem by selecting the next tool up which is a Gradient tool. And then you want to drag from the bottom of the tiger's chin up to the top of the flames like so. I'm also pressing the Shift key in order to constrain the angle of my drag to exactly vertical and I end up getting this effect here. Now I'll go ahead and switch back to the black Arrow tool which it just so happens you can get by pressing the V key and at this point, I want to go ahead update the artwork inside of Photoshop.
And that's as simple as it's been in past. You just go ahead and close the artwork and then you click on the Yes button here on a PC or the Save button on the Mac. Now it's not going to look like anything particularly happened because we're still inside of Illustrator. What we need to do is switch over to Photoshop, and you can see as soon as we switched to Photoshop the artwork updates automatically. Now we need to close this Smart Object and click the Yes button once again, here on the PC or the Save button on a Mac, in order to update the original composition.
And now of course, if you like what you get, you go ahead save your changes to the Hard Drive by choosing the Save command from the File menu. You can also Undo a change made to a Smart Object even thought there was a multi-step operation, all I've to do is press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to Undo the entire thing or press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac to invoke a redo. And that's how you edit a vector-based Smart Object directly inside Illustrator and then hand the changes back to Photoshop.
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