Photoshop Smarter: Smart Objects
Photoshop CS2 has a new feature called Smart Objects. Smart Objects allow you to alter, transform, and warp your photo, without ruining the original information.
Here, let me explain:
Let’s say you transform your object by scaling it down. Then press Enter to set the transformation, in case you haven’t.
Then you want to re-scale it to the original size. You end up with a blurry, pixelated object, like this:
Now, let’s convert our layer into a Smart Object [Layer > Smart Objects > Group Into New Smart Object] or use the Layers palette menu.
Now we scale our object down. Press Enter to set the transformation.
Then, we re-scale the object back to the original size.
And no blurry, pixelated image. This is called non-destructive editing… and Photoshop isn’t the first to use it, some people may remember a program called Live Picture.
Anyway, let’s look at what else we can do with Smart Objects.
Let’s duplicate our Smart Object layer with [Ctrl + J], then scale the new layer down.
Double-click on the Layer thumbnail in the Layers palette. You should get a dialog like this:
Click OK, and you’ll get your object in it’s own window.
Now you can alter your object in the new window. We’ll start by adding a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and changing the color.
Whoah… exciting, huh? Well, hit [Ctrl + S] to save, then click back on your original image.
Holy crap. As soon as you clicked, the images changed.
Now, let’s duplicate [Ctrl + J] another layer, and transform it.
Select the Group Into New Smart Object again [Layer > Smart Objects > Group Into New Smart Object]. Then duplicate and transform again. You should now have a total of 4 objects.
Double-click on the Layer thumbnail again, and alter your object.
[Ctrl + S] to save your object, then click back on your original document.
You now end up with two different pairs of objects. Pretty cool, huh? I can see this being a very powerful tool for anybody who does large image compositions.
- Posted at May 6th, 2005 05:58pm
- Posted by Tommy Maloney
- Filed under Tools, Tutorials
- Tagged with photoshop, smart objects, Tools, tutorial
- 4 Comments have been made
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