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Photoshop Get Smart

Photoshop Get Smart

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Published by: Jim Manning on Jun 24, 2012
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working with smart objects
I decided at the last minute to add a Smart Objects chapter to this bookinstead of the one tutorial that I had originally intended. Why? Becausenot only are Smart Objects a new feature in CS2, but they’re an incrediblypowerful and timesaving one as well. That’s what this book is all about,right? Working faster and smarter in Photoshop. Smart Objects mark anentirely new way of thinking and working inside Photoshop and you’ll beamazed at how much time and hassle they can save you. In a nutshell,this new feature is pure dynamite and I felt it deserved an entire chapter instead of just a few pages.
The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic 
creating asmart PictUrePackage
I have to tell you that one of my favorite things to demo infront of people is Photoshop CS2’s new Smart Object feature.Imagine this: I create a custom picture package in Photoshop.I go on to insert multiple copies of a photo at different sizes ina document. Then I talk about changing the custom package touse another photo and how I need to go in and replace all of thephotos manually. After that, I show how to do the same thing with Smart Objects with basically two clicks. The “ooooh” and“ahhhh” reactions that I get are priceless.
What is a smart objectand why use them?
I actually received this exact questionfrom someone and I think it’s a great place to start. Smart Objects allow you tonon-destructively scale, transform, rotate,and warp any raster or vector graphic inPhotoshop. The best part about them isthe fact that Photoshop preserves theeditability of the Smart Object layer nomatter what, even for high-resolutionvector graphics from Adobe Illustrator.
The results of enlarging an image that wasn’t a Smart Object The same image enlargedas a Smart Object 
If you use the Place command in Photo-shop (File>Place), Photoshop will auto-matically turn the placed image into aSmart Object for you.
get smart
Step One:
Choose File>New or press Command-N(PC: Control-N) to create a new blankdocument. From the Preset pop-up menu,choose 8x10 and then click OK. Turnon the grid by pressing Command-’ (PC:Control-’), and turn on snapping by choos-ing View>Snap. Choose File>Place andnavigate to a photo you want to add tothe document. Click the Place button andyour image will appear in the document.Press-and-hold the Shift key and adjust the bounding box around the photo toscale it down. Click-and-drag the phototoward the top-right corner and pressthe Return (PC: Enter) key to confirm theplaced image. You can tell it was placedas a Smart Object because you’ll see asmall icon in the bottom-right corner of thelayer thumbnail in the Layers palette.
Step Two:
Duplicate that layer two times by pressing Command-J (PC: Control-J). Then, click onthe first layer copy and use the Move tool(V) to place it below the original along theright side of the document. Repeat thiswith the second layer copy.
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Instead of always using the Layer menu,most of the Smart Object commandscan be accessed from a pop-up menu by Control-clicking (PC: Right-clicking) onthe name of a Smart Object within theLayers palette.

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