What is a Smart Object in Adobe Photoshop CC
Alright it is time to learn what a smart object is basically. It is a protective wrapper you put around images that you bring into Photoshop that protects them, keeps them safe from all your filters. Any kind of re sizing? You do like a protective wrapper. Now remember way back at the beginning of this course? Remember we made this, Okay we copied and pasted all these different pieces. I'm going to show you what we did wrong in that one or at least we're gonna level up a little bit so that if you do a job like this again you'll do it the proper way or the more professional way. I'm gonna close this one down. So what I wanna do is I've got this one and I copy these three images in. So this one here move tool click hold, drag, drag, drag, holding their drag drag, drag. Cool it's the first option. That's perfectly fine. Okay the number three click hold, drag, drag, drag, holding the mouse down, holding the mouse down, holding mouse down let go. And he's perfect as well. But then the last ...
one he's a lot bigger. Okay remember this click hold drag, drag, drag, drag, drag, drag, let go go to big. This happens all the time, nothing ever matches up in terms of sizes so what we did is we won't edit, transform okay edit, transform scale and we scaled it down and we kind of got it close and yeah it was good we had to return and that's perfectly fine. The only trouble with that is that later on? If we make it bigger, we've lost detail. What I mean by that is let's let's go to the extremes. Let's make it super small. Okay, so I'm making it really small here because I want it as a little icon, it return. It looks fine at that size. But when I say on that same layer that I'm going to scale you back up, scale it back up her return. Okay. We've all seen images like that come through like email. Okay. Where it's been resized and then made larger again and it just loses all the details. So that's the bad way of doing it even though we only did a small fraction of that re sizing, we still lost detail and it just means later on when I'm working on the project and I want to resize it because it needs to be a different, It's a social media post needs to be slightly bigger. I'm doing this to it. Probably not to that extreme. The way to get around it right is if you go to this one, the same thing, click hold, drag, drag, drag, drag, drag, drag and before you do anything right, click the word. Okay. Where it says the name of the layer and go to this one here says convert to smart object, nothing changes except remember this icon? We've seen it a few times before we've done that when we use this one here, filter convert for smart filters, there is no difference between doing it that way or the way I just showed you this method, converts it to a smart object and then we apply a filter or you can right click it down here and say convert to smart object and then go and apply the filters, same, same. What you'll find is most people won't call it smart filters, they call it a smart object. The differences. Watch the spice, scale it down now, down, down, down you go super tiny. Okay, and then I scale it back up again. All that detail is still there and I can go up to that original kind of size roughly. Okay, before you know, before I start losing any sort of quality, that's what it is. Just a wrapper that goes around it and holds that quality in their the only trouble is is that say you have got this image and there's like 1000 them on this page. This Photoshop file is gonna be super big because inside of all those tiny little icons are going to be their full hi res versions, just be aware of that. If you want to remove it, say you're like, oh man, get rid of that smart filter. Right, click it and there's this one in here called Rosta rise layer, rasta rising means I'm going to remove the wrapper and turn it back into regular old pixels but I'm going to use this crazy rastafarian word but I'm gonna use this crazy word, rust arise and now if I scale it back up, it's gonna look bad. So I'm gonna undo undo again. Okay, I'm using the shortcut. You can go edit step backwards. Okay, I'm back to where it's a smart object. A few things to understand about smart objects is that there's a few things, not many that you can't do with them that you can do with a rust arised layer or just the regular layer. So this one here I've got selected if I go up to filters, there's a few like vanishing point that don't work. And just a few of these. Every time I open up a new version of Photoshop like things like lens flare don't work. But I bet you in a future version that you you might be using that actually works now. Every time I open it back up. Like when it first happened, half of these things were great out and you couldn't use them but there's just more and more that does become usable. Luckily, lens flares still workable. Alright. There's one other part to a smart object. So using images basically anytime you bring in an image and you need to resize it bigger or smaller, just convert it into a smart object. On the other side of this is when we're dealing with victor objects. Now victor is think of them as like clip art. You might know what victor is already. Generally they created something like illustrator. I've jumped to illustrator here, there's some graphics, right? They have a really specific look to them. Often quite flat graphics. And the cool thing about them, if I show you this kind of wireframe view, it's actually made up of like coordinates and points. If I click on this guy here, okay, it's actually mathematical equations that make this thing happen. So the cool thing about that is that it's super scalable. I could scale this up to the size of a mountain, like paul computer would have a bit of a trouble with it, but eventually it would render out this ginormous mountain size shoe because it's just math. Right? The computer love math. Whereas over here in Photoshop it's dealing with pixels. There's no math going on here is just a collection of cubes. Okay, so if I scale it up, it goes that kind of goopy look. So that's the perks of vector. Okay, it's math. It's coordinates. That's super scalable. Great for logos, text, illustrations, icons, that type of thing. So, when you're bringing them into Photoshop, we looked at this a little bit before. So I'm gonna grab my glasses and I'm gonna grab my shoe. I'm gonna copy it. Just using edit copy and Photoshop here. I'm gonna go to paste. And this option pairs earlier on the course I said just switch into a smart object. What you might do now is turn this off. Libraries are a little bit more complicated than where we're at right now it doesn't really matter what really matters, is we love smart objects. Let's click OK, I'm going to scale it down a little bit and I'm going to grab anywhere but the edges and I'm going to have this return on my keyboard to say that's it. That's the icon that I want. But later on I say actually I want a different version of it. So I'm gonna duplicate it. I should name it. Okay, I'm not I got two versions of this thing but this guy, I want to be super big. So because we use the smart object and because it is a vector file, it can go as big as we like and you can see it just still got really sharp edges. I'm going to make I don't know what I'm doing with this, but let's go for a giant shoe. End thing return I'm gonna drag the layers down so it's underneath everything. So I got this giant shoe for no good reason. And that's the cool thing about it is that it is victor. It's scalable. And as long as I use a smart object, I can keep making it bigger or smaller. Now if your brain has melted with the whole victor thing, switch your brain off now because we're going to get just a tiny bit more nerdy because we copied and pasted this from illustrator and because it's vector, there is a nice little trick you can do. And so this over here has a little icon for a smart object. And if I double click a victor object, it'll open up in the program that made it. In this case it's illustrator. If I double click the icon, not the original, right, it hasn't gone back to that one I copied from it. Opened up a separate file in illustrator called victor smart object and in here is my object and I can do some stuff. Okay if you haven't done illustrator before, I've got a essentials and an advanced course for illustrator, go check that out. But for now I'm just gonna grab the white arrow and I click on this blue stuff here and I'm going to pick a different color colors. You McCullough. Okay. And I'm going to destroy it a little bit so I'm gonna I'm not sure what I'm doing. Here you go. I'm going to hit save. Okay. And check it out in Photoshop, you can see the color changed and there's the big bump on it. So it's really handy if you are still kind of working through you've got both programs open, you're copying and pasting. You need to adjust it or because the nice thing about it is that see the big version change. But even the teeny tiny version change. They're all connected. Cool. Huh. So that my friends is a smart object. Let me just kind of recap basically bringing an image any image committed to a smart object. Continue with life. Forget about all the stuff I've said. It's just going to be better for you because it is a protective wrapper that goes around your image, saving all the quality. As good as it can. If you start working with something like illustrator or corral draw or copying and pasting stuff from in design does the exact same thing. It'll ask you do you want to be pixels? No spot objects? Yes. And that's all you might do. But if you are a person happy to use illustrator or in designed to kind of do this kind of vector illustration, you can double click on the icon down here and it opens it up. You can make changes. It's safe and it updates in Photoshop are friends. That is going to be the end of smart objects onto the next video.