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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, in this exercise, we are going to see what happens when we go ahead and save out our changes to the Smart Object. Now I can't provide you with catch up documents for this exercise. You will have had to perform the previous exercise in order to follow along with this one. Just an FYI for you, so I have got my Smart Object opened here, my Germ and I have gone ahead and liquefied the underlying the Germ layer, Germ 1 layer here and I have changed his skin tone such as it were to green using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. I want to see both the Germ and the Horde o germs.psd composition at the same time.
So I'm going to go ahead and switch to the 2 Up display right here and I can make the green germ window a little smaller and then I'll Ctrl+Tab or Command+Tilde on the Mac in order to switch over to the Horde o germs.psd image and scroll it up just a little bit. And you will see that so far I haven't changed a single germ, every one of my germs looks exactly the same as it did before, including the breakaway germ. So all four of them. All right, let's switch back to Germ 11. psb in my case. In your case, probably called Germ 1.psb and then I'm going to go up to the File menu and I'm going to choose the Save command. Don't choose Save As. That will break the link to the original composition. You want to save but bear in mind you are not saving to disk.
The standard save is not occurring here. What you are doing is you are updating the Smart Object inside of the larger composition. So you are saving from this image into this image. All right, so I'll go ahead and choose the Save command or press Ctrl+S, Command+S on the Mac and watch what happens. Watch the screen here. You will see that these three germs go ahead and update every single one of the them. But the little breakaway germ who is linked to a separate Smart Object, he stays the same. All right, great. Now I'll go ahead and close the big old mean old germ, which is the Smart Object itself, and I'll reveal all these guys. Let's go ahead and complete our advertisement at this point. We have got this Extras group at the top of the Layers palette. I'll go ahead and turn it on and let's make sure everything is aligned. Actually it's aligned beautifully and that is our final composition, folks.
So I'm going to go ahead and press the F key couple of times in order to enter the Full Screen mode and hide all my palettes and this is the kind of thing. You can do with Smart Objects inside of Photoshop. You can apply nondestructive modifications to a vector-based illustration. You can enter Illustrator, make some modifications to the illustration and save those modifications back into Photoshop. You can apply nondestructive transformations to pixel-based Smart Object as well. You can edit multiple Smart Objects in one fell swoop and you can leave other breakaway Smart Object alone, if you so desire.
In the next exercise, we are going to transition to a separate project in which we'll see how to make the most out of Camera Raw Smart Object, you photographers in particular, you really have to see this.
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