Do me a brief favor and ignore this feature’s name. Smart objects aren’t all that smart. And they aren’t objects. In other words, smart objects aren’t “smart objects.”
What “smart objects” are is envelopes. The kind that hold things. And keep them safe. Place an image or vector file into one of these envelopes, and nothing you do can cause that file harm. Which means you can apply nondestructive transformations, nondestructive filters, nondestructive everything. The world is your pixel-based oyster.
If you’ve never heard of smart objects, you’re in for a treat. But hold onto your hats, because this video offers way more than you can possibly absorb in a single sitting. Which is why I have an entire 8-hour video series devoted to this one feature. It’s called Photoshop CS4: Smart Objects. And it’s available to you now (right this second) at lynda.com.
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