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Tip Tuesday – 1 image 2 Smart Objects

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Tuesday Tip – Open As Smart Object .. Twice


Today’s tip is opening two smart objects of one image and editing them independently. 

Here is the starting image, not great but we can work on it. I got it from Stock Xchange 




This is a jpeg so we can open this in Camera Raw to do some adjustments, so lets do that first.


I have just altered the exposure, black and clarity sliders here, but here is the first tip;

Down the bottom we have three buttons, Open Image, Cancel and Done. Hold down the Shift key and the Open Image changes to open Object. Clicking it now opens the image in Photoshop as a Smart Object, lets do that…


So now we have 1 layer, a smart object but I’d like to work on the sky a little, here’s the next tip;


We need a duplicate layer, but where we would usually Ctl/Cmd+J in this case it wouldn’t serve our purpose. We want another smart object, not a copy of the one we already have.

The menu sequence to do this is; 

Layer – Smart Objects – New Smart Object Via Copy




That gives us a new layer that if we double click on will open, as you would expect, Camera Raw.




I’m going to tweak the sky here a bit in the Hue, Saturation and Luminance tabs. Mainly tweaking up the blue in this case. We will be changing the whole image but that’s ok for now.


Then click OK. We now have two smart objects that are slightly different.




Adding a mask we can bring the sky and landscape together, and they’re still fully editable. So I can go back and forth as much as I like.

(For this example I used the Mask Tip from a previous blog)





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Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

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