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Photoshop – Smart Objects. Computer Information Technology Section 7-8. Objectives. The student will: Know how to open an image as a smart object Understand what smart objects allow you to do Know how to convert a layer to a smart object Know how to place and edit smart objects

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photoshop smart objects

Photoshop – Smart Objects

Computer Information Technology

Section 7-8

objectives
Objectives
  • The student will:
    • Know how to open an image as a smart object
    • Understand what smart objects allow you to do
    • Know how to convert a layer to a smart object
    • Know how to place and edit smart objects
    • Know how to replace the contents of a smart object
smart objects
Smart Objects
  • Smart Objects allow you to transform pixel-based layers in new ways
  • Smart Objects can be scaled, transformed and warped without destroying the original image.
  • Smart Objects create a link to their source file. You can change the source file and the Smart Object will automatically update.
opening an image as a smart object
Opening an Image as a Smart Object
  • Remember back when I introduced “Free Transform” I noted that if you shrink a image and then later try to grow it again you have lost image quality
    • When you shrink an image the number of pixels is also reduced. This is called downsampling
    • When you enlarge the picture Photoshop fills in the pixel information
  • This is called destructive editing because the original layer has lost it’s detail
opening an image as a smart object1
Opening an Image as a Smart Object
  • Open the butterfly image as a smart object
    • File>Open as Smart Object
  • Note the layer has a different symbol:
  • Move the image to the other file…

Smart Object Icon

resizing a smart image
Resizing a Smart Image
  • Shrink the image down to 25% and confirm the change.
  • Note that when the image is enlarged the picture quality is the same as it was
    • Also note that the % grows back to 100%
converting a layer to a smart image
Converting a Layer to a Smart Image
  • To convert a layer to a smart object
placing a smart object
“Placing” a Smart Object
  • An alternative to opening a file as a smart object and then moving into a image is to “Place” the object by File>Place
    • The image is automatically created as a smart object
editing the content of a smart object
Editing the Content of a Smart Object
  • There are few options for editing the content of a smart object
    • In most cases the object needs to “rasterized” to be edited.
      • The object will no longer be a smart object
    • Limited options under Image>Adjustments
    • Use of tools like the “Blur” tools require the image to rasterized.
editing a smart object in its own file
Editing a Smart Object in Its Own File
  • To change a smart object you must edit the source file.
    • Double click on the smart object layer to open the original file
    • Make changes to the original file
    • When you save the file, the smart object will be updated.
replacing a smart object
Replacing a Smart Object
  • To replace a Smart Object:
    • Have a file to replace the object with
    • Layer>Smart Objects>Replace Contents…
summary
Summary
  • Smart Objects retain all their original data
  • Only non-destructive changes can be performed on Smart Objects
    • Otherwise they have to be rasterized
  • Edit Smart Objects by changing the original file.
rest of today
Rest of Today
  • Practice adding Smart Objects into a picture
  • In the homework section download the africa.7z file and extract the files.
  • Create an African scene using just smart objects. Include 3 animals.
    • You will have to remove the backgrounds from the animals. Try and get the animals alone in a file.
  • Show me your scene when done
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