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Chapter 15. Collage > Smart Objects

Smart Objects

You can print an image that contains vector data on a non-PostScript printer and maintain the crisp edges by saving it as a PDF file and printing it from Adobe Acrobat.


Smart Objects have introduced a completely new way of working in Photoshop. Instead of the good old one- element-per-layer tradition, images are dealt with in a way that is similar to how page-layout programs link to external image files. If you're not familiar with that concept, it basically means that when you place an image on a page, you're actually just viewing a preview of the image that is stored on your hard drive. You're free to scale, rotate and crop the image, but you cannot edit it directly in the page-layout program. Instead, you must open the linked image in Photoshop, make your changes, resave it and then update the link to the image in the page--layout program. Adobe took this idea and applied it to Photoshop. You can now place an external image file, or encapsulate multiple layers into a Photoshop document, as a Smart Object. But instead of 'linking' to external files, the images are 'embedded' in the Photoshop document. The Smart Object acts much like a linked file in that you are limited to scaling, transforming and masking its contents, but if you want to make edits you must do so in a separate document. There are many advantages to working with Smart Objects:


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