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How to Create Smart Objects in Photoshop CS6

When using Photoshop CS6, it is easy to use Smart Objects. You can convert a layer into a smart object or create a smart object from another smart object.

If you want to convert a layer into a Smart Object, follow these steps:

  1. Select your desired layer in the Layers panel.

  2. Choose Layer→Smart Objects→Convert to Smart Object.

    You can also select the command from the Layers panel menu. After you convert a layer into a Smart Object, you see the Smart Object icon in the lower-right corner of the layer thumbnail.

You can also convert a Smart Object into a layer. You may want to do this if you need to paint on your artwork.

Follow these steps to make the conversion:

  1. Select your desired layer in the Layers panel.

  2. Choose Layer→Rasterize→Smart Object.

    Your Smart Object is rasterized at its current size and orientation (or rotation), so be sure it’s the size and orientation you want before you execute the command. Your Smart Object icon disappears, and you’re left with a normal, run-of-the mill layer.

Sometimes, you may want to use one Smart Object as the basis for another. Depending on your needs, you can keep the new Smart Object linked to or unlinked from the original. If it remains linked, modifying the original automatically modifies the duplicate. If unlinked, you can modify the original without changing the duplicate. In addition, you’re free to change the duplicate without worrying about affecting the original.

Follow these steps to create a Smart Object from another:

  1. Select the Smart Object layer in the Layers panel.

  2. Create a duplicate Smart Object that’s linked to or unlinked from the original:

    • An unlinked object: Choose Layer→Smart Objects→New Smart Object via Copy.

    • A linked object: Choose Layer→New→Layer via Copy.

    A new Smart Object layer appears in the Layers panel.

You can also drag and release the Smart Object layer over the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. This action creates a duplicate Smart Object that’s linked.

[Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/LICreate Image #6285730 and DLCreates Image #3342376]
Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/LICreate Image #6285730 and DLCreates Image #3342376
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