Mini-review & Competition: Photoshop CS5 Smart Objects Workshop

Make Amazing, Nondestructive Transformations

With Smart Objects you can create a complex transformation once and then swap out the contents for any artwork you choose. It’s the ideal method for simplifying and speeding up repetitive tasks, and it allows you to create templates that can be repurposed as many times as you wish.


About the Workshop:

Every time you scale, rotate, or distort a layer in Photoshop, you irrevocably damage the pixels. After a few transformations, the layer becomes unusable. But by turning the layer into a Smart Object first, you can perform as many transformations as you like, since the original image is permanently stored within the Smart Object layer.

In this illuminating workshop, Photoshop artist and author Steve Caplin teaches you all the ins and outs of Smart Objects. Professionals and amateurs alike will benefit from the freedom and flexibility offered by this technology.

What You'll Learn from the Workshop:

  • Adding editable filters that can be modified even after you’ve closed and reopened the file
  • Working with multiple layers within a single Smart Object
  • Applying, masking, and customizing Smart Filters
  • Placing multiple, linked instances of the same Smart Object
  • Creating complex distortions with Image Warp and displacement maps
  • Working with movies and Illustrator files

All this is illustrated through a series of projects including an art gallery, a magazine cover, and a can label. Once you've seen the power of Smart Objects, your Photoshop workflow will never be the same again.

The lessons are wrapped in a feature-rich interface that lets you jump to any topic and bookmark individual sections for later review. Full-Screen mode provides a hi-def, immersive experience, and Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window so you can play the videos alongside your application. This course also includes project files so you can follow along and try out new techniques as you learn them.


In order to win on of the 3 coupons, which can be used for the Photoshop CS5 Smart Objects Workshop, all you need to do is to answer the following question: How long is the total running time of this workshop?

Send your answer to this e-mail address, before Wednesday the 26th of January 2011. 


Table Of Contents

Introduction to Smart Objects

  • What Are Smart Objects?
  • Editing Smart Objects
  • Working with Multiple Layers

Smart Filters

  • Preparing the Ground
  • Applying the Filters
  • Masking the Effect
  • Adjusting the Effects
  • Filtering the Filters

Replacing Contents

  • Creating the Smart Object
  • Distorting the Smart Object
  • Replacing the Contents

Multiple Smart Objects

  • Creating the Art Gallery
  • Placing the Artwork
  • Adding the Filters
  • Replacing the Contents
  • Nesting Smart Objects

Flexible Cover Shots

  • Preparing the Ground
  • Creating the Cover
  • Placing the Cover
  • Editing the Cover

Complex Distortion

  • Preparing the Surfaces
  • Changing the Label
  • Waving the Flag
  • Adding a Displacement Map
  • Replacing the Flag

Working with Camera Raw

  • Opening the Camera Raw Image
  • Creating the Mask
  • Adjusting the RAW Image

Smart Objects in the Workflow

  • Introducing the Image
  • Replacing the Covers

Taking Smart Objects Further

  • Creating Recursive Images
  • Working with Movies
  • Working with Illustrator Files

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