Smart Objects vs. Raster Objects (PHOTOSHOP CC)

THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD BE USING SMART OBJECTS IN PHOTOSHOP! | I’ll do a nice comparison between the pros and cons of Smart and stupid objects in Photoshop CC.

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll look at some of the big benefits and cool things you can do with Smart Objects and compare that against how raster objects work in Photoshop. I’ll talk about the good and bad stuff about Smart Object. Long story short, I think you should be using Smart Objects. This video will show you why.

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Tutorial Recording Notes:

Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. Create a Smart Object of any single layer to group of layers, masks, etc…
  2. Show transformation differences
  3. Show the filters difference
  4. Show Adjustments (not the layers)
  5. Show the preservation of original data rate, vector-ness of Illustrator files, SVGs, EPS files, etc…
  6. Create multiple objects that are “children” of the original object. Edit any one of the objects and they all update.
  7. Replace the contents of a Smart Object to quickly swap images and graphics in and out throughout a design.
  8. Linked Smart Objects can be used for vector or other files that, when edited themselves, will auto-update in the file in which you’re using that particular smart object.
  9. Downside is file size.
  10. Well, there’s one big downside to these Smart Objects: you can’t directly and easily perform any pixel-based tasks, like retouching and brushing, and that’s what we normally do a lot in Photoshop ! You’ll have to open up the Smart Object, do your thing without seeing it in the context of the whole Photoshop document, close and save the Smart Object, and judge your work.
  11. Maybe the Photoshop developers will be able to resolve this technical hindrance in the future, but for now it would not be a practical move to automatically turn every layer into a Smart Object.
  12. Another issue: downscaling whole pixel-based layers or large chunks of pixels, will destructively decrease the number of pixels. Which sounds like a quick and dirty thing, but has in fact one very important consequence: the file size drops drastically ! Keeping all layers smart (with all their pixels untouched) can result in a tremendously large file…
  13. Perform nondestructive transforms. You can scale, rotate, skew, distort, perspective transform, or warp a layer without losing original image data or quality because the transforms don’t affect the original data.
  14. Work with vector data, such as vector artwork from Illustrator, that otherwise would be rasterized in Photoshop.
  15. Perform nondestructive filtering. You can edit filters applied to Smart Objects at any time.
  16. Edit one Smart Object and automatically update all its linked instances.
  17. Apply a layer mask that’s either linked or unlinked to the Smart Object layer.
  18. Try various designs with low-resolution placeholder images that you later replace with final versions.
  19. The most known advantage is that turning a normal pixel-based layer into a Smart Object will save and retain all original pixels, and not simply add/delete pixels when you’d scale the original layer up or down.
  20. Whole image files with vector and/or pixel-based content can be placed as a linked Smart Object (in stead of embedded), and keep updated with the original (when you edit such a Smart Object, you’ll be editing the original).