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Old 08-23-2009, 05:53 PM
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Re: smart objects

smart objects don't have anything to do with image quality.. they are just helpful tools to allow you to work non-destructive and quickly. A smart object will allow you to remember the original raw settings or filter settings therefore throughout your workflow it is constantly adjustable without destroying pixels. If you duplicate a smart object all the updates you make to the original smart object will affect the duplicated smart objects.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:31 AM
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Re: smart objects

namphoto that's pretty much how I understand it. But by not destroying any pixels throughout the edit wouldn't you end up with a better quality image. Regards Max
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:31 PM
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Re: smart objects

Smart Objects have many uses, not many to do with quality.

• Using the benefits of different blend modes CMYK, LAB within a single document. These are of course still 'destructive' conversions, but they allow a flexibility that was not available before they came in.
• Smart objects can be used as instances. So a change to any single instance will reflect in all the others - useful for many things if you think it through.
• Whenever there's a 'not sure' in a document, (res changes or even filters) that's when you need a smart object.
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:31 AM
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Re: smart objects

Thanks for that Markzebra. One question though...do you have to bring the file photoshop as a smart object then convert to a normal layer on top of the background to preserve the image info or do you convert as you go to use filters etc. Max
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:29 AM
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Re: smart objects

Don't understand the question sorry
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:18 AM
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Re: smart objects

sorry..it should have read do you bring the file from the raw converter into photoshop as a smart object..Max
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:13 AM
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Re: smart objects

I personally don't much see the point in RAW Smart Objects. By the time its in Photoshop basic color correction has been done and its time for pixel edits. Any change to the RAW object will screw up your work, so there's no point in ballooning your file size unnecessarily. I don't use Adobe Camera RAW anyway, preferring Capture One.
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:58 AM
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Thanks for your patience and help Markzebra. I actually get the point now which is why Chris said that most of his files have at least one smart object layer. Obviously not the background layer. Really do appreciate your help,Regards Max
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