Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Replacing the contents of a Smart Object, part of Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] This video picks up where my Photoshop Essential Training series leaves off. If you are unfamiliar with smart objects, please be sure to watch the two videos in the Smart objects chapter, in Photoshop Essential Training, and then join us here. There are a number of reasons that you might need to change the contents of a Smart object. Maybe you're doing template work, or you're creating a design, and you're waiting for the Hi-Res version, or the retouched version of an image, or maybe you just simply changed your mind. I'm going to place the Smart object using file, place embedded.
I'll navigate to the oh one Smart Objects folder, and choose mountains dot PSD, and then click place. By default, Photoshop will resize the placed image in order to fit in the open document. I'll click the check mark in order to place that. If you prefer to have Photoshop not resize the document, under the Photoshop preferences, general, you can disable the resize image during place. I actually prefer to keep this on, and I want Photoshop to automatically create a Smart object when placing, so I leave this enabled as well.
Now, we're going to start working on this image. The first thing I want to do is I want to change the stacking order in the layers panel, so I'll need to change the background into a layer by clicking on the lock icon. Then, I'll double-click, in order to rename it, Clouds. I'll reposition the Cloud layer above the Mountains later, then I'll change the blend mode to overlay, and decrease the opacity of the clouds over the mountains. I want to transform the mountains, in fact, I want to flip them, so I will select the Mountains layer, and choose edit, free transform.
We can see, in the options bar, that when Photoshop placed this, it resized it to 80 percent of its original size. Then, I'll right click, and choose flip horizontal, and then apply the transformation. I also want to add a layer mask to create a border around this image, so I'll choose select, all, and then I'll modify the selection by choosing modify, and contract. I'll enter in 50 pixels, and make sure that the apply effects at canvas bounce is enabled.
When I click okay, we can see that that selection has been contracted. At the bottom of the layers panel, I will click the layer mask icon in order to add a layer mask to hide the area on the borders of the image. At this point, if I want to replace the contents of this layer, I can choose layer, and then smart objects, and replace contents. I'll navigate to the oh one Smart objects folder, select branches, and then click place. As we can see, by replacing the image, I don't have to redo the mask, or the transformation, or even flip the image.
All of that is done for me, so as your files get more complicated, the ability to replace the contents of a Smart object can really be a time saver. Now, if you have different sized original files, I just want to point out that you might have to resize them when you replace the contents, but because they are smart objects, the transformations will be nondestructive. There you are, and easy way to quickly swap out the contents of a Smart object in Photoshop.
Photoshop CC is loaded with tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common design tasks, including layout, image editing, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects and master features such as layers, artboards, libraries, adjustment layers, filters, blending modes, layer effects, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Warping and creative transformations
- Reshaping images with Liquify
- Using filters, including blur and patterns
- Creating and modifying shapes
- Applying blend modes
- Applying layer effects and layer styles
- Working with type and fonts
- Painting in Photoshop
- Using and sharing libraries
- Taking advantage of artboards
- Exporting and sharing Photoshop files