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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.
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In this exercise, we are going to take our modified Illustrator artwork and we are going to update the corresponding Smart Object inside of the larger Photoshop composition. Now I am assuming that you're working along with me or that you're keeping up with what I'm doing inside the videos. I say that because there's no way for me to provide an updated version of my illustration for you because that would wreck the link between the Illustrator document and between the Photoshop Smart Object. So, we're working in RAM in your computer's memory. So, now at this point, we want to perform the update, two ways to do it here inside of Illustrator.
One way is to go to the File menu and choose the Save command. You do not want to choose Save As and save it under a different file name. Again, that will break the link. So, you'll no longer have any link to that embedded illustration inside of Photoshop. So you need to choose the Save command or press Ctrl+S, Command+S on the Mac. The way I prefer to work though, it's actually kind of the safest way to work, believe it or not, is to just to go ahead and close the illustration, either by clicking in the Close Box or choosing the Close command from the File menu, that kind of thing.
I'm going to click in the Close Box here in the Title tab and then Illustrator will ask me, if I want to save my changes. Now for the most part the buttons work the way they normally do which is a save, if you click the Cancel button, you're going to cancel the close operation and you won't save your changes. If you click No, you'll close your illustration and you will not update the Smart Object inside of Photoshop. If you click 'Yes,' you will not save the illustration in a typical sense. You won't save it to your hard drive. Instead, you'll update the illustration inside of Photoshop.
Anyway that's what we are going to do, click Yes or on the Mac. You'd click the Save button and now, I'm going to press Windows tab to switch back over to Photoshop. You would do a Command+Tab on the Mac. Here we are back in Photoshop and you can see that the update has occurred. We have added those strokes to the logo. So everything's right where you need to go. Now at this point, what's very important to bear in mind is you have saved your changes to the embedded Smart Object here inside of Photoshop's memory, which means that you can undo the changes very easily.
So, if you go up to the Edit menu, you'll see that it says Undo update Smart Objects. Fine, whatever, strange command name but still it's telling us that it's going to undo the update, And that's a Ctrl+Z, and Command+Z on the Mac. So if I choose that command, we go back to the previous appearance of our logo. If I press Ctrl+Z, or Command+Z again, I update the logo and we have the new appearance and notice that it shifted a little. It shifted to a slightly different position there. Let's go ahead and check our work vis -a-vis, the Final Product comp there.
It's a little off kilter now inside of our composition, so I could press Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow once or maybe even twice in order to nudge it down there. That would be Command+ Shift+Down Arrow on the Mac. That looks pretty good actually in terms of alignment. So that's good enough for this composition. Now you can, of course, move it some more if you want to but the idea is this. "Why did it shift?" you may've asked and the reason that it shifted is because the stroke added to the size of this Smart Object here inside of the composition.
So, that created a shift, where the placement of this object was concerned. Now at this point, we need to update the file on disk. Again, we're not safe, right? We haven't updated any disk file. We've only updated the information in memory. To update the file on disk, presumably, if you're just working along, you'd go to the File menu and you choose the Save command or you'll press Ctrl+S, Command+S, at this point. This is a real save to the digital file, the document because I'm trying to create incremental files for you.
I am going to go ahead and choose the Save As command or press Ctrl+Shift+S, Command+Shift+S on the Mac, brings up the Save as dialog box. I am going to save this file for you here inside the 02_ACR_and_Illustrator folder and I am just going to go ahead and call this guy Updated Artwork. Then click on the Save button and the deed is done. We have now really, truly saved our modifications. So we did two things. We updated the Smart Object in memory from Illustrator to Photoshop, so Illustrator actually pass the information over to Photoshop, and then by choosing the Save command here inside of Photoshop, we actually saved the larger composition to disk.
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