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)

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    Hello and wellcome to GD.SE. To answer your question. Similar features yes but do it for PSD files havent heard of any.
    – joojaa
    Apr 20, 2015 at 19:55

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At the moment I don't believe there are any, but Affinity has it on their list of features to implement. They're both (Affinity Designer [AI Replacement] and Affinity Photo [PS Replacement]) under development and the creators have been doing an excellent job adding new features and fixing bugs regularly.

This is the most recent thread on Smart Objects I'm aware of: Photoshop Linked Smart Objects on Affinity

I've tried the software but not with Smart Objects to say how well it currently works or not.


I found a online editor which supports PS smart objects as a free alternative to Affinity: https://www.photopea.com/

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    – Lucian
    Apr 22, 2018 at 17:28
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    Ok sorry, I thought it could help as I was looking for an alternative the whole day and finally found this. I am not affiliated in any way with this site. Apr 22, 2018 at 20:55
  • Holy macaroni! I had pretty low expectations as I clicked that link, but the support for PS smart objects is phenomenal! Better than Affinity Photo 2 and Adobe's own Photoshop Elements. (This should certainly be the accepted answer, although it looks like the OP has long since departed.)
    – Kal
    Feb 9, 2023 at 5:52

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