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Smart Objects are one of those features that seem to have endless possibilities. You can use them to protect the pixels in an image. You can use them to access and protect information from Camera Raw and Illustrator. And you can use them to create multiple true clones from a single piece of source artwork. But you can also use them as grouping tools. By combining several Smart Objects into a single super massive Smart Object, you can then apply layer effects and generate more true clones, making for an infinitely flexible composition.
The combined Smart Objects then become nested Smart Objects that can continue to generate their magic behind the scenes. Now if this all sounds ridiculously intricate, perish the thought. The super massive Smart Object is nothing more than yet another protective container. One day you can exploit as freely as anything we've seen in previous exercises. In this chapter we'll nest Smart Objects four levels deep and as you'll see each level serves a very specific purpose.
Once you've done that, my hope is that you'll feel empowered to do anything.
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