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Updating an Illustrator Smart Object

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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.

Updating an Illustrator Smart Object

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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Photoshop Smart Objects

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  1. 17m 13s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects
      59s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      4m 18s
    3. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 15s
    4. Loading the CS4 color settings in Photoshop and Bridge CS4
      7m 41s
  2. 1h 12m
    1. Nondestructive transformations
      1m 14s
    2. The purpose of Smart Objects
      5m 17s
    3. The trials of destructive transformations
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a Smart Object
      6m 36s
    5. The rewards of nondestructive transformations
      4m 29s
    6. Preparing a composition for masking
      4m 59s
    7. Establishing a base alpha channel
      6m 25s
    8. Masking a Smart Object
      7m 3s
    9. Refining the layer mask
      6m 50s
    10. Multiplying the edges
      4m 17s
    11. Manually adjusting the problem edges
      6m 3s
    12. Free Transform feedback
      5m 14s
    13. The ultimate nondestructive crop
      9m 8s
  3. 1h 19m
    1. Photoshop and its support applications
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a Camera Raw (ACR) Smart Object
      5m 8s
    3. Converting a JPEG image to DNG
      4m 47s
    4. Replacing pixels with Camera Raw data
      5m 27s
    5. Matching image and ACR resolution
      4m 25s
    6. Adjusting ACR Smart Objects
      5m 33s
    7. Importing Illustrator artwork
      6m 13s
    8. Opening placed art in Illustrator
      5m 51s
    9. Examining dynamic effects
      7m 9s
    10. Modifying Illustrator artwork
      5m 20s
    11. Updating an Illustrator Smart Object
      4m 20s
    12. Styling placed artwork in Photoshop
      3m 33s
    13. Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
      5m 14s
    14. Copying a layer from a clipping group
      5m 0s
    15. Scaling vector data beyond 100 percent
      3m 9s
    16. Blending vector data with pixels
      2m 10s
    17. Saving PDF-compatible Illustrator art
      4m 23s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Many Smart Objects reference a single source
      1m 9s
    2. Smart Objects and file size
      5m 11s
    3. Placing images as Smart Objects
      4m 44s
    4. Creating a basic lens flare
      5m 43s
    5. Turning a flare into a black hole
      6m 2s
    6. Establishing a first true clone
      4m 9s
    7. Finding the exact center of an image
      2m 37s
    8. Reflecting additional clones
      4m 55s
    9. The art of upsampling
      7m 45s
    10. Editing the root image
      5m 37s
    11. Updating all true clones
      3m 29s
    12. Roughing in a polygonal mask
      7m 13s
    13. Parametric Feather and Glow
      7m 12s
    14. Smart sharpening Smart Filter
      5m 36s
    15. Adding highlights and vibrance
      7m 10s
    16. Luminance blending
      8m 18s
  5. 49m 7s
    1. Placing one Smart Object inside another
      1m 9s
    2. Creating a super-massive Smart Object
      7m 9s
    3. Styling a super-massive Smart Object
      4m 29s
    4. Recoloring background regions
      4m 42s
    5. Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
      5m 56s
    6. Finishing off the first draft
      5m 4s
    7. The plasma ball effect
      4m 45s
    8. Applying the Smart Clouds filters
      4m 57s
    9. Converting clouds to lightning
      5m 4s
    10. Updating nested Smart Objects
      5m 52s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Editable, nondestructive filters
      1m 24s
    2. Applying and modifying creative effects
      6m 54s
    3. Blending filtered effects
      6m 24s
    4. Tweaking filters with adjustment layers
      4m 14s
    5. Restoring halftone highlights
      4m 25s
    6. The price of Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    7. The power of true clones
      7m 13s
    8. Sharing between Smart Objects and comps
      8m 45s
    9. Just click on it
      1m 50s
    10. Applying a corrective filter
      5m 24s
    11. Smart Filters and disk space
      3m 46s
    12. Picking the right blend mode
      6m 36s
    13. Combining multiple Smart Filters
      6m 13s
    14. Editing and previewing filter settings
      5m 27s
  7. 1h 44m
    1. Still more Smart Filters
      1m 3s
    2. Introducing the non-filters
      4m 15s
    3. Reducing luminance contrast
      5m 19s
    4. Faking an HDR portrait effect
      7m 20s
    5. Adding a filter mask
      3m 22s
    6. Editing filter masks and density
      4m 26s
    7. Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
      7m 24s
    8. Establishing independent filter masks
      4m 51s
    9. Painting away unwanted halos
      6m 28s
    10. Creating a wood grain effect
      6m 2s
    11. The luminance-style filter mask
      6m 23s
    12. The downside of independent filters
      5m 11s
    13. Merging the effects of two filters
      4m 38s
    14. Adjusting and merging masked effects
      6m 26s
    15. Introducing the Filter Gallery filters
      4m 39s
    16. Applying a Filter Gallery filter
      5m 57s
    17. Merging two Filter Gallery effects
      7m 16s
    18. Adjusting the colors of Sketch filters
      5m 2s
    19. Adding a third filter to a combo
      4m 58s
    20. The versatility of Smart Filters
      3m 2s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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