How to Create Smart Objects in Photoshop

Learn how to create smart objects in Photoshop! Part 1 of my Smart Objects tutorial series.
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In this video, I show you how to create Smart Objects in Photoshop! You’ll learn how to open a new image in Photoshop as a Smart Object, how to convert an existing layer into a Smart Object, and how to place an image as a Smart Object into your Photoshop document. We’ll also look at how to open raw files as Smart Objects, both from Photoshop’s Camera Raw plugin and from Adobe Lightroom. And we’ll even learn how to place Adobe Illustrator files directly into Photoshop as Smart Objects!


01. What is a Smart Object? (0:39)
02. Convert a layer to a Smart Object (1:23)
03. Open an image as a Smart Object (3:27)
04. Open a raw file as a Smart Object (4:05)
05. Editing the raw file (5:19)
06. Open a raw file as a Smart Object from Lightroom(6:12)
07. Place an image into a document as a Smart Object (7:16)
08. Using Blend Modes with Smart Objects (8:46)
09. Applying the Camera Raw Filter as a Smart Filter (9:03)
10. How to edit a Smart Filter (10:24)
11. Place an Illustrator file into Photoshop as a Smart Filter (11:26)

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