I have multiple of the same image placed in different spots, but I'd like to be able to switch a single image and have it applied on all other instances of the image.

Here is the image I'm working with:

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  • Not trying to edit effects, I'm trying to change the base image Commented Dec 29, 2019 at 15:21
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    You should have made the image smart objects before you made them
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 29, 2019 at 16:09
  • They are smart objects Commented Dec 29, 2019 at 22:36
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    If they're smart objects then double click one to edit it and replace your image? What is it you're having a trouble with? Commented Dec 30, 2019 at 16:57
  • What part of it is a smart object and what are you trying to update? Can you edit your question to clarify?
    – Luciano
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 9:17

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There are two different ways to copy a Smart Object:

  • Duplicate. The copy is a reference to the original Smart Object. If you edit either one of the copies all instances will update.
  • New Smart Object via Copy. The copy is a new Smart Object with no connection to the original. The copies can be edited separately without affecting each other.

If you have made your copies with the first method you can simply edit one of the Smart Objects and all the other instances should update accordingly. If you have used the second method, I'm afraid you'll have to recreate your design using the first method.

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