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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.
All right, so it's one thing for me to tell you that nondestructive modifications inside of Photoshop are well worth the file size that's associated with Smart Objects. They allow you to change your mind and it is going to save your neck when you are under deadline, that kind of thing. It is another thing entirely for me to show that to you and that's what I am going to do inside of a movie, this movie right here, that I am calling 'Just Click on It.' So let's say you've worked inside his composition and you've gone ahead and saved it off as Final halftoned ad.psd. It is found inside the 05_smart_filters folder.
It is like 4:30 in the afternoon by the way, and you show it to your client or boss, and they look at it and they knew that halftones were coming, they knew about the ad copy, they knew about the Drop Shadow, they knew about everything. They didn't know about the color scheme. And so they look at the color scheme and they are asking me, "well, why did you make the guy's face blue. It matches the sky." That kind of thing. And you said, "well that's it, right?" "He is feeling extraordinary, he's sky-blue, his gaze is lofty," the whole number. It also attracts attention to the advertisement. And they are like "not buying it." "No, I want regular flesh colors." And you are like, you give another pitch. It doesn't work.
They are finally, "We want this changed, we want normal flesh colors and we want this by 5:00." And you are like "5:00? So I've got to drop everything and work on this?" And they are like, "Whatever, do what you got to do." And you're like, "That's a pretty tall order." They are like, "Well it is Photoshop, just click on it." And you are like, "Well, Photoshop you know it is not really that kind of application." It is pretty entailed to make these kind of modifications. And they are like "Just click on it." Whatever, here is the hand, goodbye. And so they leave your office and you are looking at this composition and you're looking at the Layers palette and you notice this invert layer right there and you go over to the eyeball and you click on it.
That is the power of nondestructive edits inside Photoshop.
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