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Shrinking down a smart object causes drastic sharpening

You have different types of interpolation for resize. The thing to know is photoshop, for non smart objects also use a default interpolation (Bicubic), but different as the smart object one (Bicubic ...
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How to create this rounded object?

SURELY there is a better way to do this, and I'm going to follow this to see what people suggest. But, this is 9/10, what I would do: Basically, I would create a shape with the pen tool as I've done ...
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Auto-updating linked smart objects in files that were closed at the moment of the update

Make a new .jsx file in the Presets/Scripts/Event Scripts Only folder ( inside the PS application folder ). Paste in the following code: // Update all modified content var ...
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How can I prevent file size from ballooning when using linked images?

Although your file is linked, Photoshop still saves the flattened image data. With a JPG you are unlikely to see any file size savings by using linked files. If you link another layered PSD for ...
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How do I partially break a clipping mask border?

It would be slightly simpler with Layer mask, but I prefer using Clipping mask if the edge of two layers meet. Some clarifications to the paragraph above.. I edited this in later because I was ...
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'Un-smart' object in Photoshop

I first tried Captain Awesome script but not suit to me, so I wrote my own. But it will not works on CS6. Supported version is PS CC 2015.1.2+ Features Puts content exactly on the same place. Works ...
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Are Smart Objects less resource-consuming than separate layers?

Converting groups of layers to Smart Objects does improve rendering performance in Photoshop. Once the Smart Object is generated, Photoshop will use the flat bitmap of the group as source for any ...
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New Smart Object via Copy inside a Layer Group

Below is a script that should do what you want. The script is pretty much identical to the native Duplicate function. The key difference is that Embedded Smart objects within the selection are ...
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Does something similar to Photoshop "Smart objects" exist also in Illustrator?

Instead of TinMonkey's answer, I would use Symbols to do this. Say you have an object that you've created. In this case, I made a smiley face. With entire object selected, open your Symbols Palette ...
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How can I use the same smart object several times in the same PSD

From Photoshop Help / Work with Smart Objects Duplicate an embedded Smart Object In the Layers panel, select a Smart Object layer, and do one of the following: To create a duplicate Smart Object ...
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Photoshop smart object layers in multiple artboards

Rather than creating a new layer... select the original Smart Object and from the Menu choose Layer > Smart Object > New Smart Object Via Copy. You can also Right-click/Control-click the layer ...
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Logo import into antenna photo

Yes you can. Apply an Edit > Transform > Warp, to a Smart Object. In the example below, I have a simple logo on a white background, converted to a Smart Object, and the layer mode set to multiply. ...
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'Un-smart' object in Photoshop

Well it seems our prayers (and complaints) were finally heard! In the latest Photoshop release you can just right-click the smart object layers panel and select Convert to Layers. The smart object ...
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Can I have the equivalent of a Ps 'smart object' in Ai which I can keep updating in Ps?

A similar method of creating "Smart Objects" in AI is by using Symbols. Say you have an object that you've created. In this case, I made a smiley face. With entire object selected, open your ...
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Can I explode a transformed object in Illustrator?

Yes. Object > Expand Appearance (if available) And Object > Expand --or-- Object > Flatten Transparency and move the slider all the way to the right.
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What happened to pasted SmartObjects from Illustrator to Photoshop?

I have the latest CC update on both programs, and I tested your issue, and I believe the problem lies in the "Add to my current library" option when pasting: When that box is checked, it behaves ...
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Replacing a smart object in bulk with Photoshop's variable data or scripts

I found this page that has an answer that looked close to what you're looking for, I modified it to work with the latest version and to hopefully fit your needs better. Here's how to use it: Save the ...
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Photoshop linked object becomes blurry after shrink and transform apply

Hi BenR and welcome to GDSE. This behavior is expected. Before you apply the transformation, your linked object is rendered using the full resolution of your screen and temporarily scaled using ...
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Preserve transparency in Smart Object

Thank you for the screenshots! When you convert a layer, Photoshop uses its transparency to define SO dimensions, but here're two workarounds that can help you to keep the document size: select your ...
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Linked smart objects and colour profiles

There is no general rule saying that smart objects need to have the same color profile as the master document. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve. A smart object with a different color ...
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Is there a way to swap out one linked smart object in Photoshop CC 2014

In the Layers palette, click the right mouse button on the Smart Object and from the context menu choose "New Smart Object Via Copy".
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Alternative tool to Photoshop that allows editing PSD files with "smart objects"?

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 ...
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How to save multiple smart objects as separate image files in a single click?

You can easily do this with the built in script 'Export Layers to Files'. Just go to File -> Scripts -> Export Layers to Files. There is an option to trim layers, which will export each layer ...
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Do you have to include .PSB's when handing over master .psd ?

It depends. Linked Smart Objects were added in Photoshop CC 2014, which are not embedded in the PSD. Embedded Smart Objects are, as the name suggests, embedded in the PSD. You can tell what kind of ...
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Exporting work from AI and placing into PSD for photo mockup - proper method/settings?

I'll be honest... I don't understand some parameters of your workflow. I absolutely don't understand why you are exporting as png from Illustrator merely to bring that then into Photoshop. You are ...
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How can I separate/duplicate Smart Object Layers displayed twice to be able to edit individually in Photoshop?

Right-click/Control-click the Smart Object in the Layers Panel and choose New Smart Object Via Copy from the Contextual Pop Up Menu. This duplicates the smart object but breaks the link to the other ...
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Multiple designs in one Photoshop mockup

When a smart object is duplicated, it is linked to the original one. If you want to create a new smart object based on another one without this link, you need to do right click on the layer in the ...
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Photoshop - Union of two Smart Objects

Another way of phrasing your question would be: "How do I use the transparency of one Smart Object as a mask for another Smart Object?". That is actually pretty easy to achieve: Make sure ...
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