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The mystery of the saved Smart Object file revealed

Added on Wednesday 16th of August 2006 06:12 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


The appropriately named Smart Object feature in CS2 enables users to place vector—and raster for that matter—artwork into a Photoshop document, while preserving the integrity of that layer throughout countless scaling and transforming attempts. Now, practices that would normally have obliterated a layer in previous versions of Photoshop don’t affect it at all with Smart Objects. So, you can continue to scale the same layer without risking pixel degradation.

Even better, you can edit that Smart Object right from Photoshop by simply double-clicking on the Smart Object layer thumbnail in the Layers palette. The file opens for editing in the corresponding application. For example, a vector Smart Object opens in Adobe Illustrator CS2, a raster smart object opens in a new Photoshop window, and a Raw Smart Object opens in Adobe Camera Raw. You can make your necessary edits to the file, save the file, and when you go back to your Photoshop file, the Smart Object updates automatically.


The misconception

Smart Objects have frustrated many users who, upon editing a Smart Object Layer, expected to see those changes update in the original source file when that file was opened independently in its corresponding application. We’re h...


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