Smart Object Workflows - Adobe Photoshop
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Smart Object Workflows - Adobe Photoshop

Get started with Photoshop Smart Objects Workflow with our Online Photoshop classes.
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Created by Eddie Tapp
Last updated 8/2017
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These Photoshop classes are designed to walk you through setting up and using PhotoshopSmart Object technology found in Adobe Photoshop from the basics, setting preferences to practical uses and even advanced blending.

Creative enhancements along with masking techniques are included. Smart Objects allow you to maintain the highest level of image quality allowing you to apply filters, make adjustments and retouching with the ability to go back to the original starting point and make changes at anytime. This course will be updated and modified as time allows. Signing up once allows you to have access anytime. 

Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 01:52:31
+ Discussion
1 lecture 03:01

Are you ready for Smart Object Technology, the Photoshop way. This is a brief discussion on some of the benefits of a Smart Object workflow and some of the elements included in this course. 

Preview 03:01
+ Start up
2 lectures 02:31

Techniques to help you find your winning images quickly using a few simple methods either in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Bridge. Techniques that I use to edit the image for a shoot, find the initial images and then find the winning images using Star ratings. 

Winning Images
Tips and means for starting up and using Smart Objects in your workflow. Includes setting preferences, getting Smart Objects into Photoshop from Lightroom, Adobe Bridge and assigning Smart Objects directly in Photoshop. Descriptions and menu directories for creating Double Smart and Rabbit Hole processing techniques.
Smart Object Study Guide
2 pages
+ Establishing Workflows
3 lectures 13:30

This lesson will cover how to assign a Layer, selected layers or a Layer Group as Smart Objects, also set up preferences and options to create Smart Objects automatically from Adobe Camera Raw using Adobe Bridge, and also how to take your work from Adobe Lightroom into Photoshop as a Smart Object. 

Preview 05:46

Working from Lightroom, a confirmation of opening a raw file as a Smart Object and ability to change the Developed process in Adobe Camera Raw compared to opening the even the same raw file as a pixel image from Lightroom.

Preview 02:37

This lesson will show how Smart Filters play an important part of a Smart Object workflow, blending options and using the Smart Filter mask for masking. Using a Zoom Blur filter to create an effect on an image, enhancing the effect with a second filter and then editing the original Smart Filter to get the desired effect. 

Smart Filters - Basic
+ Linked and Non-linked
3 lectures 16:25

Duplicating a Smart Object from the same original raw file to create 4 independent Smart Objects and then creating raw edits using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

Non-Linked Smart Objects

Duplicating a Smart Object layer as a linked Smart Object multiple times with a special keyboard shortcut technique to automatically Free Transform and Rotate the layer 24 times then showing how changing the color of a single linked Smart Object will instantly be applied to all linked layers. 

Linked Smart Objects

This is a study on converting a Layer Group as a Smart Object, showing the difference if you were to change the size dramatically. Then a recap on linked Smart Objects. 

Smart Object in Group - Basic
+ Enhancement Techniques
5 lectures 30:44

Another Smart Filter using a technique that I call E-Soft Skin, blending a filter into the image to enhance the skin tone. This lesson also introduces an important technique I call "Rebuild" where you use a blank pixel layer and paint blending techniques. 

Enhancement for E-Soft Skin

Another technique for creating a nice skin tone, blending options and sharpening technique. Also, using the Spot Healing Brush tool on a blank layer, and another basic rebuild technique

Enhance using a 3rd Party Plug-in Filter

Another classic enhancement and variable filter for a soft focus filter built in a Smart Filter base. Using a filter twice with two different blending options for a very unique soft focus filter effect. 

Enhancement for MZ-Soft Focus Filter

One of my many classic enhancement techniques, Back to the Future Scanner Dust Spotting, this one is designed to quickly remove hundreds of spots from images that are scanned, image restorations or in this case, backscatter from an underwater image. Compared to my previous pixel method, using Smart Filters for this technique is much quicker and easier. 

Enhance by Removing Spots

A quick and easy technique to enhance lighting on subjects for a dramatic effect. This technique is used with a Smart Object however, the technique itself is taking advantage of Adjustment Layers in Photoshop.

Enhancement - Cookie Lighting
+ Double Smart Masking
2 lectures 13:20

Starting out in Lightroom, this exercise is the first in several Double Smart Masking projects using the powerful masking features in Photoshop. Lens Correction profile and chromatic aberration along with the Color Range and Mask Edge options will be featured. 

Double Smart Masking 1

Using the Quick Selection tool to create an active selection (marching ants) after creating the non-linked Smart Object and then adjusting the exposure to gain more detail in the background. Refining the mask to include hair will be featured. 

Double Smart Masking 3
+ Rabbit Hole
2 lectures 14:33

This project will review previous enhancment techniques and show when and why you would use the Rabbit Hole in your workflow, the next level of Smart Object work to take advantage of additional Smart Filter Masking capibilities. 

05 Rabbit Hole 1

Bringing a video clip into Photoshop allows you to create Layer Adjustments, converting to a Smart Object allows the use of Smart Filters to be applied to the entire clip instantly. Also, using the Rabbit Hole to add additional filters to mask seperatly. 

Edit Video Clips as Smart Objects
+ Content features
3 lectures 16:27

Creating a solution to replace the position of an arm. This session covers techniques for merging layer UP, using the Pen Tool for masking, Content Aware Move and converting an object as a Smart Object to use with Puppet Warp. 

Content with Puppet Warp

This session starts out with a template for post cards, web sites, magazine ads or posters and how converting an image to a Smart Object will allow you to easily replace the content to keep consistency. 

Content - Replace Content

Anne Fisher shows how she took 60 raw files into a single Smart Object and blended them using the Smart Object Stack Mode to create a star trail image. 

Advanced Blending Stack Mode Smart Objects