Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the Smart Object, part of Photoshop: Smart Objects.
- [Instructor] We're going to create the illusion of a postcard lying on a table, and this postcard is made of several layers. First there's a photographic background, and you can see that I filled this with gray rather than white to give it a little bit more substance. There's a street scene that I've added on top of this and I've made this into a clipping mask with the layer beneath so it only shows up when it overlaps that photo background layer. I've added a frame behind it, so that the image doesn't go right to the edge of the postcard.
Finally, I've added a texture layer on top which is simply a scan from the inside of an old book set to Multiply mode. I've also added a white background to it. To turn all these layers into a Smart Object, we first select them. We can click on the top one, hold the shift key and click on the bottom one, and now all of those are selected. Let's go to Layer, Smart Objects and Convert to Smart Object, and now all those layers are converted to a single Smart Object.
Let's try distorting this. We'll start by using Edit and Free Transform. I'm going to make this smaller. If I drag a corner handle, it'll make it smaller relative to the opposite corner. Then to pick it up and rotate it, and we can grab each of these corners independently if we hold command on a Mac, control on a PC, and that allows us to give this kind of distorted perspective, and with a bit of juggling we can make it look as if this is lying flat on our table.
And that looks quite good. Let's rotate it around a little bit. That looks fine to me. Let's hit the enter key to apply that transformation. Next, we'll go on to see how we can make this look a bit more realistic.
- Editing Smart Objects
- Working with multiple layers
- Replacing contents
- Using Smart Filters
- Nesting Smart Objects
- Creating flexible cover shots
- Working with Camera Raw
- Working with videos and Illustrator files