Questions about Smart Objects—layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

7
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I reduce the luminance of this sky without it looking weird?

This is a picture I took yesterday: The sky is a bit too washed out for me so I'd like to crank down the luminance of the blue. Camera Raw makes a valiant effort but the crane trusses and other ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Photoshop CS6 - Animate / Keyframe Smart Filter

I've applied the 'Oil Paint' Smart Filter to a layer in Photoshop CS6. I'd like to animate the filter's 'Angular Direction' from 0 to 360 degrees but I the keyframes in the "Style" lane of the ...
6
votes
3answers
18k views

'Un-smart' object in Photoshop

I've created a design in Photoshop CS6, and used a large number of smarts object which made the workflow more easy (at least for me). Now I've finished working on the design, and I want to "unsmart" ...
5
votes
2answers
21k views

How to change smart object outlines and colors?

I was wondering if there is a way to alter the color of the Smart object that has been inputted into Photoshop. Basically, I have a series of glyphs that need to be altered so they have new ...
4
votes
4answers
6k views

How to apply layer style to one object and apply it to multiple layers

I think what I may be looking for exists in Fireworks maybe, but I haven't messed with it. Basically, is there a way to make a style sheet for an object? Say I have an object and I apply x layer ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I copy some smart object layers to another file and keep them linked

I have two layer with the same smart object. If I edit the smart object, both layers are updated (nice!) I copy these layers to another file (by dragging them) In the new file, both smart object ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Shrinking down a smart object causes drastic sharpening

When I have a large smart object, and then shrink it down, I often get some extreme sharpening. And while I understand that shrinking down an image may require some sharpening, photoshop can go a ...
3
votes
2answers
558 views

Adding replaceable text to Smart Objects

I've started to use Smart Objects because you only have to edit them once to modify all instances of the object. I have run into a problem though. I want to add replaceable text to a Smart Object so ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

GIMP: the closest thing to Photoshop's smart object?

I've been learning GIMP as an alternative to Photoshop, which I haven't been using for design purposes for more than 5 years now. I discovered that there is a new interesting thing called the smart ...
2
votes
2answers
133 views

Are Smart Objects less resource-consuming than separate layers?

I am designing a very large concept layout for a Single Page Application. I only have CS5, so I don't have access to the concept of linked smart objects, which is unfortunate as this would save my ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Auto-updating linked smart objects in files that were closed at the moment of the update

Photoshop CC 2014 introduces Linked Smart Object. While this is a very useful feature by itself, I would love to know if there's a way to set it so that whenever I open a file that contains a linked ...
2
votes
1answer
128 views

How do I partially break a clipping mask border?

I’m looking for a non-destructive way of allowing an image to be partially "clipped" by a clipping mask, like so: I view the above image as having three parts… a Person (top layer; being clipped) ...
2
votes
1answer
329 views

Export Sketch dashboard to PNG…use as smart object in Photoshop

I'm creating iPhone app mockups in Sketch 3, and exporting them to PNG. I like showing them to clients in a realistic iPhone 6 mockup/photo. Ideally, I would like every time I export my artboard from ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

Space between 2 paths illustrator

How can i align 2 paths perfectly? No matter what i do i get a little space (gap between the 2 paths i create, and they are straight lines not as i saw in other questions with pixel problems) An ...
2
votes
2answers
159 views

How to prevent re-positioning of a Vector Smart Object after editing it?

When I update a shape in my Illustrator smart object, the object moves in my Photoshop document. This is very annoying; after every update I make in the design, I have to reposition the smart object ...
2
votes
1answer
423 views

Can I have the equivalent of a Ps 'smart object' in Ai which I can keep updating in Ps?

I've scanned in some maps, and I'm regularly adding little touches here and there to each map in Photoshop. Each map has a few Ps layers and is not vector. For all the annotations, I'm using ...
2
votes
1answer
186 views

Editing photoshop smart layers in fireworks

If I import a psd file with smart layers into Fireworks, is it possible to edit one of those smart layers the same way you would be able to in Photoshop?
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I rotate multiple objects individually in Photoshop CS6?

I have a horizontal row of many different smart objects of the same size. I made the row vertical by selecting all the objects and using the free transform tool to rotate the whole row 90 degrees. ...
1
vote
3answers
11k views

Resetting skew/perspective/warp etc. on Smart Object

Is there a way to reset the skew or perspective effect applied to a smart object? Setting the warp setting in free transform from custom to none shows no effect. Otherwise I have to export 50 smart ...
1
vote
4answers
6k views

Open Photoshop Smart Object in Illustrator instead of Photoshop

When I go Create New Layer => Convert to Smart Object => Double click on Smart Object thumbnail it opens in Photoshop as a .psb, but I would like it to open in Illustrator. How do I get all my ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

Edit Smartobject in current window

Is it possible to edit the contents of a smart object without opening it in a new window? I need to be able to edit it as if it were a regular layer in my project, instead of having to edit it ...
1
vote
2answers
8k views

Why does Illustrator not let me edit text after it has styling?

After I put a drop shadow on text, then save -> exit -> reopen, I cannot edit the text. When I click on the Type Tool Icon and then click on the number, it just shows the paths. Any suggestions? ...
1
vote
1answer
601 views

Smart Object itself is not resized when resizing an entire image

I have an image of size 100px x 100px and a bunch of smart objects of size 10px x 10px in it. When I resize the image using Image > Image Size by 200% - all my vector objects and smart objects are ...
1
vote
1answer
122 views

Photoshop “Perspective Warp” old versions compatibility?

I use this new feature in my work to transform a smart object. I wonder if people with old PS version will be able to use this file and edit content of that smart object?
1
vote
1answer
6k views

Exporting Photoshop Smart Object To Illustrator with Effects

I'm creating a very simple logo with text and just one Smart Object leaf. I want to create an .eps file so my client can print without any trouble. The thing is, the Smart Object is a leaf that ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Disable link to copied smart objects

I have several smart objects I want to duplicate and preserve the layer style. However, when I modify one of the objects it also changes every copied smart object to match the modified one. Is there ...
1
vote
1answer
11 views

Content aware patching while keeping Smartobject?

TL;DR How do I use Content aware patching while keeping the layer as Smartobject? I'm currently creating a poster for cake selling of my school I'm a huge fan of working on Smartobjects only. ...
1
vote
2answers
71 views

What is an easy way to know the resolution of a smart object in Photoshop?

I'm working on a photomontage using smart objects and am wondering if there is an easy way to keep track of their resolution? I normally work in InDesign and find myself really missing my customized ...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

How to smooth out lines of rotated smart object in photoshop?

I am building some kind of mockup for business card and while i was trying to create the looks like cards are on top of each others i used smart object to easily change look of business card on all ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Loss of quality when cropping smart objects in Photoshop

I'm using a crop tool (or marquee tool, then Image -> Crop) in Photoshop CS4. Immediately after cropping, the quality of anti-aliasing of Smart Object gets noticeably worse. The blending mode of ...
1
vote
0answers
339 views

Photoshop suddenly shows artifacts on my file

I am running Photoshop CC on Mac OSX 10.9.1. Today I opened one of my PSD files this morning and all of a sudden, these artifacts appear in some layers that have some effects on smart objects (but ...
1
vote
2answers
357 views

Is there a way to swap objects in Photoshop?

In Photoshop CS6 I have a lot of (smart) objects perfectly spaced out but in the wrong order. All the objects are the same size. Is there a way to swap the location of a object with another one? ...
0
votes
4answers
198 views

New Smart Object via Copy inside a Layer Group

Is it possible to duplicate a layer group that contains multiple smart objects with relationships to each other, so the duplicate group is separated from the original? I need the duplicate to be ...
0
votes
1answer
902 views

Converting shape to smart object darkens drop shadow - Photoshop

I have a shape in Photoshop with some layer effects. When I go to convert that shape to a smart object, the drop shadow darkens. Prior to converting, the shape has a normal blend mode with opacity and ...
0
votes
2answers
113 views

Is there a way to swap out one linked smart object in Photoshop CC 2014

I have multiple images using the same linked smart object, but I need to make changes to some individual images and want to link it to a new linked smart object. At the moment if I change one out, it ...
0
votes
1answer
384 views

Can I explode a transformed object in Illustrator?

I created a circle in illustrator. To create an array, I added Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. The problem is, now I want the array of circles to be individual objects. Is it ...
0
votes
1answer
485 views

avoid blurred texts on mockups distorted images

I downloaded some psd to show my mockups, but it looks like the text is going to be blurred when I put anything inside the distorted smart objects. How to avoid this problem?
0
votes
1answer
8k views

Gradient tool on smart object

I am trying to create a star, with a gradient color effect. When I try to use the gradient color tool I get the message Could not use the gradient tool because the content of the layer is not ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

Alternative to Photoshop that can handle smart objects [duplicate]

I would like to edit a simple PSD with a smart object like this one. I only need to replace the smart object with a screenshot of an app and export the image as a PNG or JPG. Is there an alternative ...
0
votes
2answers
470 views

How can I get the clipping paths to be objects in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm converting a vector drawing from Bohemian Sketch to Adobe Illustrator so that I can export eps and svg, etc. When I copy and paste from Sketch I get a bunch of clipping paths instead of objects. ...
0
votes
2answers
441 views

Smart Object Illustrator-Photoshop doesn't work

I am importing a DWG into Adobe Illustrator, saving it there as a .AI, copying by Ctrl + C to Photoshop, inserting it by selecting Smart Object in the Box that appears but... instead of giving me a ...
0
votes
1answer
381 views

Resizing Live Paint Pixel Art [duplicate]

I tried doing some pixel art, used the Rectangular Grid Tool, used Live Paint to create the art and then I expanded it from Object>Live Paint>Expand. I'm using 2 colors, black and red. My problem is ...
0
votes
1answer
163 views

Trying to edit a smart object by using my own image, but it shows up massive and I can't scale it down [closed]

I'm using this template: (source) I have my own image that is 1136 * 640: the size of the smart object that depicts the contents of the iPhone 5 screen. When I drop my image onto the smart object, ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Trimming vectors in Photoshop

Is there any way to erase or trim the hidden portions of a vector in Photoshop? It's easy to do with raster graphics - select the layer, select the part of the image outside of the canvas, and delete ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Editing smart object from parent document w/ scripts or variables

So i have a parent template for some advanced business cards. i am using scripts to fill in all the text (variables are not working well for my needs right now). all text but 1 item is in Photoshop, ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

A way of using PS Spatter filter non-destructively on linework?

Because the Spatter filter only functions on contiguous pixels, there is no simple way of applying it like a Smart Filter to a layer of line work. I'm looking at the work of Kevin Dart, and trying to ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

Automating smart-object content replacement for list of files

I'm slightly familiar with automating a photoshop workflow, but I'm unable to figure out how to do the following: I have a list of files (numbered 1..100). Next to that I have a spreadsheet with data ...
0
votes
1answer
241 views

Alternative tool to Photoshop that allows editing PSD files with “smart objects”?

Are there any other tools than Adobe Photoshop available that allow to edit PSD files that contain smart objects? (I checked GIMP but it doesn't support smart objects)
0
votes
0answers
54 views

Creating a Photoshop Action that includes Open As Smart Object

I’m trying to create an "Action" in Photoshop that does the following: 1 - open PNG files as Smart Object from a folder 2 - resize the PNG file to a new size (this new size is the same for all ...
0
votes
2answers
31 views

Why does my smartObject in photoshop have content outside its Canvas?

When I pull in my .PSB into a new .PSD, for some reason it brings in content that sits outside the width / height of the Canvas. I know I can fix this by creating a mask or cropping it out in the ...