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. Sadly I wanted to content-aware-patch the background so it matches for the poster format. (See below)

The quality of these images is sufficient for my school but I'd like to increase the quality of it by copying it very actively as a human without needing Photoshop to guess what to do.

I used the Content Aware Filling from Edit > Fill (Shift + F5)

This sadly removes my Smartobject which leads to my question:
How do I use Content aware patching without removing the Smartobject?

I know about the patching tool stated in this article but this doesn't work on Smartobjects either.
I also know about the Camera RAW-Editor which includes the Pimple-Removal-Tool but the outcome of that tool isn't very good. (I dont know the english name of the tool)

I hope someone of you knows knows how to extend the cake image the way I did but in Smartobjects so I can go back if I make a mistake. The cake topping in the background is removed which shows you that the method used by me is very inefficient.

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I'm not 100% sure I follow your question but I believe this is the answer. Feel free to leave a comment if I'm wrong and I'll either edit or delete this:

Create a new layer above your Smart Object and then when using the Patch Tool select "Sample All Layers" as shown here:

Sample All Layers

It should sample from Smart Layers, Raster Layers, Vectors, everything. In general this is good practice for any sort of Cloning/Patching Tools since its non-destructive to your original layer... or in your case Smart Layer.

  • Yea it's a good answer but I still wait until i teceive something better as answer. I'll mark your as answer when you are the best answer I will receive
    – BlueWizard
    Jul 10, 2015 at 14:56
  • @JonasDralle Why is my answer not 100% what you're after? What is it not accomplishing that you'd still like to be able to do?
    – Ryan
    Jul 10, 2015 at 15:01
  • I'd like to edit directly on the smartobject. I do not know if this is possible in any way. I just want to wait to see some other approaches
    – BlueWizard
    Jul 10, 2015 at 15:08
  • If you're using a Photo anyways than it didn't start out as a Smart Object so why not just do your Transformations and Patching before converting it to a Smart Object then? @JonasDralle
    – Ryan
    Jul 10, 2015 at 15:11
  • First of all: It's habit of me I consider as healthy. Secondly when I rescale the image I would loose pixels every time I resize. I'm not loosibg any pixels when using smartobjects because the image infornation is saved in an extern adobe document
    – BlueWizard
    Jul 10, 2015 at 15:15

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