Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Narrator] Photoshop has the ability to place a linked or an embedded smart object. An embedded smart object has no connection with the original source image once it's placed in the Photoshop. On the other hand when you add a linked smart object to Photoshop, that linked layer is still connected to the original document. So let's chose file, and then place embedded, I'll select the Match.psd, and place this, I'll change the width and height to 50 percent, by typing in 50, and then tab, and then 50.
In order to apply that transformation I tap the enter, or the return key, and then, using the move tool, I'll reposition it over to the left hand side of the document. If I want to edit the contents of the smart object, I can double click in the thumbnail in the layers panel, and I'll turn off the orange, and the yellow flame. Then I'll select file, save, and then file, close, and we can see that that has been updated in the parent document. I'm going to chose file, save as, and save this document as Clouds With Flame.
I'll save it as a psd or a Photoshop file, with the layers and click save. When I return back to bridge, we can see that the original Match.psd file has not been updated, because I placed an embedded file. So there's no link back to this original. Alright lets click on the boomerang to go back to Photoshop, and this time I'm going to chose file, and then place linked, I'll select the Match.psd file, This time when I transform it down, I'll click on the linked icon between the width and height, that way when I type in 50, the height is also going to change.
I'll tap enter or return in order to apply that, and then with the move tool selected, I'll reposition it to the right side of my image. In order to edit the contents of this smart object, I'm going to double click on the thumbnail in the layers pannel. But, before I do that I want to point out that the linked smart object has a different icon than an embedded smart object. So I'll double click on the linked smart object, and make a change, I'll just toggle off the visibility of the orange layer.
And then we'll save this, and then close it, sure enough it's been updated in the parent document. I'll go ahead and save the parent document as well, by choosing file, save, and then when we return to bridge we can see that not only has it been updated in the parent document here, but, the linked file was also updated. Let's return back to Photoshop and I'll close this document. Then I'll return back to bridge, and open the Match.psd.
I'm going to edit this file. I'll turn back on the orange flame, and I'll turn off the yellow flame. Then, we'll save these changes, and when I return back to bridge, we can see that that image has updated. But this document has not. Photoshop won't automatically update a linked smart object within a document. However, if I double click to open the Cloud with Flame.psd and we look at our layers panel, Photoshop is warning me that the linked smart object has been updated.
If I want to update this, I can either right click, and chose update modified content, or from the layer menu, we can chose smart object, and update modified content. If I modified multiple layers, I could update all modified content at once. Then I'll chose file, and save. If I need to hand off this file to another person, and the file has a linked smart object in it, I'll want to make sure that I hand off both the file and the linked smart object.
In order to do this, I'll chose file, and then package. I'll create a new folder. I'll call this Flame in Clouds and click create. I'll select choose, and then when we return back to bridge, and I double click to open the Flame and Clouds folder, we can see that there's a folder in there with the original psd file as well as the linked smart object. And that's the difference between linked and embedded smart objects in Photoshop.
If you're interested in learning how to use Creative Cloud Libraries, and linked smart objects, we'll cover that in the libraries chapter later in this course.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images