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In Photoshop, the background layer is filled up with a picture. This layer is duplicated and various filters are applied on the duplicate. Now, I would like to change the picture in the background layer and I would like to see the duplicated layer be updated as well, with the new picture. Is this achievable?

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    I'm not sure if I follow completely, but it sounds like what you want is Smart Object. – Joonas Nov 9 '15 at 0:56
  • @Joonas you might be right yes. I will investigate. In photoshop, can the background layer be a smart object? – pluton Nov 9 '15 at 2:31
  • @Joonas You might want to provide an answer saying that the background layer should first be turned into a smart object. Then, the content of the background layer can be changed (and more importantly propagated to the duplicates) by going to Layer -> Smart Objects -> Replace Contents. Thanks – pluton Nov 9 '15 at 2:54
  • I feel you should make the answer. I only pushed you to the right direction anyways. – Joonas Nov 9 '15 at 6:03
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The background layer should first be turned into a smart object. Then, the content of the background layer can be changed (and more importantly propagated to the duplicates) by going to Layer -> Smart Objects -> Replace Contents. This technique might be useful when you have a complicated set of duplicate layers with associated effects and you quickly want to see how they affect pictures other than the one you used to create your set-up.

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