Smart Object Workflows - Adobe Photoshop

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Published 8/2012 English

Course Description

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. 

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Section 1: Discussion

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. 

Section 2: Start up
2 pages
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.
Section 3: Establishing Workflows

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. 


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.


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. 

Section 4: Linked and Non-linked

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).


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. 


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. 

Section 5: Enhancement Techniques

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. 


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


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. 


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. 


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.

Section 6: Double Smart Masking

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. 


Starting out in Adobe Camera Raw using the processing controls to bring the image into an acceptable range of tones and color, then using the Manual Lens Correction tab for the initial image. From there, using the Double Smart layer to add detail int he water and a quick brush mask to blend. 


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. 

Section 7: Rabbit Hole

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. 


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. 

Section 8: Content features

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. 


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. 


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. 

Instructor Biography

Eddie Tapp, Professional Photographer, Educator, Consultant and Author

Eddie Tapp


Award-winning photographer, lecturer, consultant, and author on digital imaging issues. An Explorer of Light with Canon USA, on the Photoshop “Dream Team” and inducted into the “Photoshop Hall of Fame”.  A gifted photographer and artist, Eddie has been a tireless educator for photographers for decades. He has become very prominent since the adoption of digital imaging by the advertising, portrait and publishing industries. His digital imaging seminars and workshops have been hosted around the world, and he's a regular consultant to businesses large and small. His reputation as an authority on digital imaging workflows, color management and Photoshop is evidenced by his association with the world's most prominent photographic manufactures and distributors, as well as the major photographic studios, corporations and government agencies who endorse his education work. 

 His articles have appeared in The Professional Photographer, Rangefinder, Photoshop User, Shutter Bug, Photo Electronic Imaging, Southern Exposure, Alert Diver and others. His books, Photoshop Workflow Setups and Practical Color Management, are both listed in the TOP 10 books for photographers in Color Management and Photography Workflow books. 

Eddie hails from Atlanta, Georgia and has been accused of using his southern charm to put his students at ease. His teaching philosophy is simple: solve people’s problems by giving them straightforward answers in clear language. 


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