Photoshop Smart Objects

with Deke McClelland
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Photoshop Smart Objects
Video duration: 0s 8h 5m Intermediate


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.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Preparing a composition for masking
  • Manually adjusting problematic edges in a composition
  • Combining layer effects and adjustment layers
  • Roughing in a polygonal mask
  • Cloning a super-massive Smart Object
  • Applying Variations as a Smart Filter
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Welcome to Photoshop Smart Objects

(Music playing) Hi! I'm Deke McClelland, best-selling author of books and videos on Photoshop. And I'm here to welcome you to the unprecedented flexibility of Smart Objects in Photoshop CS4. AT it's simplest, a Smart Object is a container that holds an image and protects it from harm. Put a photo in a Smart Object and you can stretch it, twist it, blur it, sharpen it, rip it to absolute special effect shreds, all without harming a single pixel.

But that's just the beginning. In this series, I'll show you how to build Smart Objects from Camera Raw and Illustrator documents, create multiple true clones that update automatically from a single piece of source artwork, nest Smart Objects several levels deep, apply nondestructive editable smart filters and design highly accurate filter masks. Oh! And one quick note. Although the series is called Photoshop CS4 Smart Objects, it is, with very few exceptions, equally applicable to Photoshop CS3.

Naturally, I explain what those exceptions are and what workarounds are available in the upcoming movies. So with that, let's get started.

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