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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.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
So that's Smart Objects. Non-destructive transformations, editable Camera Raw settings, direct access to Illustrator artwork, true clones, and Smart Filters subject to adjustment layers, layer masks, layer effects, opacity, blend modes and filter masks, with the option of creating nested Smart Objects if you're interested in a deep dive. And who knows? Maybe there's more. If you run into a special scenario that isn't accommodated by the techniques I have laid out here, let me know. We are always interested in increasing the quality of our training and lest you forget, I make copious use of Smart Objects and Smart Filters in my series Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images.
There is even a discussion of correcting images with the help of nested Smart Objects and it isn't just a repeat of what you learned here. It's altogether different content replete with different filters and different techniques. If you use Photoshop CS4, which you very well might, check out Photoshop CS4 Sharpening Images New Features which replaces the first chapter of the larger series with brand-new content. Whenever you decide to do next, I hope that I have helped you make sense of Smart Objects and that you feel sufficiently enabled to build a vast empire of nondestructive compositions, all of which you can change at a moments notice.
Till next we meet, for lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland saying "see ya!"
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