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Design Course: Getting Started With Smart Objects

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Smart Objects are a truly amazing and powerful feature of Adobe Photoshop. In Getting Started With Smart Objects, you’ll learn how to edit your images with non‑destructive techniques, create and edit Smart Filters, and create interesting effects and useful mockups—all while retaining maximum flexibility and editability.

What You'll Learn

Tuts+ instructor Cheryl Graham will take you through the basics of using Smart Objects, and then introduce more advanced features like nesting Smart Objects, using Displacement Maps, and creating recursive images. 

You'll learn through practical, real-world examples, like creating a mockup for a T‑shirt design and putting together a fun "picture within a picture". By the end of the course, you'll have a clear idea of how Smart Objects work in Photoshop, and how you can use them to create powerful effects and to speed up your existing workflow.

Here's a free preview of some of the lessons from this course:

What is a Photoshop Smart Object?

In this lesson you'll get an introduction to how Smart Objects work, and see how they allow you to make non-destructive edits to an image layer.

Smart Filters

When you apply a filter to a Smart Object, a Smart Filter (with a mask) is built in. The filters themselves can be changed and edited. It's one of the best things about using Smart Objects!

Using a Camera Raw File as a Smart Object

Camera Raw files can be used as Smart Objects, allowing you to edit the image non-destructively while maintaining a link to the original Raw file. In this lesson you'll learn how to create a photo composite from two different images.

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