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There will be occasions in your Workflow where you want to open up your Raw files as Smart Objects, and Smart Objects are great, because they give you so much flexibility. They maintain their connection to the original file, so that you have this extra safety net. You have this flexibility in regards to working on files inside of Photoshop. Well, to do that in Adobe Camera Raw, it's actually incredibly simple. All that you need to do is to press the Shift key. You notice that when you do that, it changes the Open button from Open Image to Open Object.
So I'll go ahead and Shift+ click on this Open Object button. Now what this will do then is it will open this image up inside of Photoshop, and you can see now on the Layer icon there is that Smart Object icon there on top of the image thumbnail. Now, all that we need to do to reopen the original file is to double-click that icon. What that will then do is open up Camera Raw. Here I can make a change, for example, let's say, desaturating. I'll click OK at this juncture. What that will then do is update my Photoshop document.
And the nice thing about this is we have this continual flexibility. Let's say we don't like the black-and-white conversion. We can still tap into Adobe Camera Raw simply by double-clicking on this icon here. Again, it reopens Adobe Camera Raw. We click OK to apply those settings. And here you can see how Smart Objects can really help you out in regards to giving you that extra added flexibility. I should point out a quick word of caution, and that is that when you do work with Smart Objects, it does, of course, increase your file size.
That being said, sometimes it's worth it because of the extra added flexibility.
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