How to use Photoshop CC 2018-Part10-Working with smart objects in photoshop

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Smart objects in Photoshop can really save you from creating unwanted changes to your image.

Smart objects allow you to edit your photoshop layers in a none destructive way, so you can always undo.

So if you are a beginner in Photoshop CC 2018, make sure you turn your layers into a smart object before you alter it in anyway.

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Working with smart objects in photoshop
In this video, I want to show you what Smart Objects are and why you would want to work with Smart Objects in Photoshop.
Now here’s my background layer. This is just the image I just opened in Photoshop, so I’m gonna click the lock icon to make this into a layer. So now I have a layer and if I start transforming this meaning if I reshape this I’m just pressing command T to get to transform tool- I’m holding shift and I’m just gonna make this small and I’ll bring it right into the center of my image
and I’ll press ok and if later, I decided I want to make this back to full screen to fill my canvas
I could just go ahead and fill the screen with this, and if I press ok look at the image quality
I lost a lot of image quality here this image used to be really sharp. Let me just go ahead and step back
I’ll just step back a couple of times just to show you see it was much sharper than the image
We ended up with because one means free transform Photoshop basically threw away some of that information
So in order to save that information we need to change this to a smart object so with this layer selected
we want to go to layer smart object and convert to smart object and
Now that’s a smart object. We could basically reshape this any way we want to and
If we press ok, and then resize it back to normal
We don’t lose any quality now this makes your Photoshop file bigger
But it gives you the opportunity to really reshape things every which way that you want to and not lose any information
Now the one thing is let me pick the brush tool here
I can’t use the brush tool here because it’s a smart object
And it says do you want to rest erisa smart object you could press ok and do that?
But we don’t want to do that in this case because we lose this smart object
So I’m gonna step back. So what we want to do in order to use the brush tool or the clone tool or the Dodge tool any of the tools?
That we often use in an image is by having this selected. We’ll go to layer
We’ll go to smart object, and we’ll go edit content
This will let us edit the content meaning he opens that in its own individual layer
So now we could use the brush tool within that layer
And now if we close it and press save in the original image
We did not lose our smart object
So now we could still go ahead and free transform without losing any information
In that image like we did when we weren’t using it as a smart object, so that’s why Smart Objects are important
And I recommend using smart objects in your Photoshop. Specially when you’re working with images and multiple layers
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