1. Smart objects are EXCELLENT addition to the Creative Suite 2 bundle from Adobe. Please note that this tutorial will ONLY WORK if you are on Adobe Photoshop CS2. So lets say you have a logo or an object in Illustrator that you want to import into your Photoshop document. There are great ways of importing it now. Before CS2, you had to bring it in as a pixel based object or an EPS. So what’s the difference now? Let’s find out. Draw an object in Illustrator and COPY that object. (COMMAND + C)
2. Go to your Photoshop document and hit PASTE. (COMMAND +V). You should get a dialog box asking you to PASTE AS: Smart Object, Pixels, Path, and Shape Layer. Now again, in previous versions of Photoshop, people usually have pasted it as a PATH, or PIXELS.
3. So select SMART OBJECT on the dialog box and paste it into your document. Once you have pasted it, you should see the object and a transform box around your object. This is where the wonderful SMART OBJECT feature comes to scene.
4. Now you can use the handle bars on all 4 corners and the sides to resize your object. I resized my object to the size you see above. Now if you take a look at your layers it should say “SMART OBJECT LAYER”. So lets say that I paste my object and I realized I wanted to make the object a tad big bigger or whole lot smaller.
5. So the best thing about SMART OBJECTS is that you can resize your object to any size over and over again without losing resolution. The technology behind SMART OBJECTS is that Photoshop keeps the vector math calculations intact while you are working on that document. The best thing is that you can keep your object as a SMART OBJECT and save it as a .PSD. Once you close that document and re-open the document again, the SMART OBJECT layer will stay intact, making it editable for future versions.
I don’t have much screenshots to show you but there are some important things to remember about SMART OBJECTS:
1) SMART OBJECTS stay intact, making it editable for future projects as long as you save it as a .PSD document. For obvious reasons, these will not stay intact if you say it as a JPEG, GIF, and other file formats.
2) SMART OBJECT colors are converted automatically from any color mode you work in Illustrator (CMYK by default) to the color mode you are working under Photoshop. If you are working on a website you HAVE TO work in RGB mode (CMYK won’t show up in web browsers). Therefore it is best to create your objects under RGB color mode in Illustrator to match the color.
3) If you want to EDIT smart objects, you MUST rasterize it. You can change opacity settings / blending modes on smart objects but that’s mostly it.