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In this movie I'll show you three ways to place art work as a Smart Object inside Photoshop. And even though I'll be demonstrating these methods using an Illustrator file, things were just the same when you're placing a photographic image as well. Over the course of this project we're going to take this guy with this big meaty bicep and we're going to give him a tattoo. And even though this is a piece of vector-based artwork from Illustrator, it integrates seamlessly along with the photographic image. So let's see how things work here. Method number one is to go up to the File menu and choose the Place command.
And if you loaded my dekeKeys you'll notice that you have a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+D or Cmd+Option+D be on the Mac. Then navigate your way to the 24_smart_objects folder and therein you will find, among other files, you'll find many more files here. But you'll find one called Tiger tattoo.ai, go ahead and click on the Place button in order to load it on up. Next you'll see the Place PDF dialog box and incidentally, if you're saying a smaller version of the artwork then you can switch the Thumbnail Size from Small to Fit Page. Now what this is telling us is that Photoshop requires a PDF definition of the artwork in order to place it, but that's just fine because Illustrator goes ahead and saves PDF definitions of its artwork by default.
Next go ahead and click OK to load out the artwork, at first it's going to appear jagged and that's just a function of the Place preview. Now at this point you may want to scale your artwork and I am going to do so by clicking on this Link icon up here in the Options bar, then I am going to change the Width value to 50%, which changes the Height to 50% as well. Notice that still looks jagged, but if you press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac a couple of times, in order to complete the Place operation Photoshop goes ahead and renders out the vector-based artwork to smooth pixels.
Now notice over here in the Layers panel that we do indeed have a Smart Object as indicated by this little page icon in the lower right corner of the thumbnail. Okay, so that's one way to work. I am going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of that layer. The second method for placing a Smart Object is to go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Mini Bridge and that'll bring up the Mini Bridge, by default down here at the bottom of the screen. Once again navigate your way to the smart_objects folder inside the exercise_files folder, find the Tiger tattoo.ai file and just go ahead and drag it and drop it into the image.
Once again that produces a Place PDF dialog box, you click OK and then you press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac to render out the artwork. All right, I am going to go ahead and hide the Mini Bridge by double-clicking on its tab and then I'll once again press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac. Your final method is to go ahead and bring up the folder at the Desktop level of your computer and that's going to be the Explorer here on the PC or the Finder on the Mac. Find that Tiger tattoo.ai file and just go ahead and drag it and drop it into the Image window in the background. Again you'll see that same Place PDF dialog box, just go ahead and click OK, and if you like, go ahead and scale the artwork as well as I'm doing here.
And those are the three ways to place any artwork whether it's a photographic-based image or a piece of vector-based artwork like this as a Smart Object inside Photoshop.
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