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Chapter 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and C... > Smart Resizing with Smart Objects - Pg. 113

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: If you look in the Layers palette, you'll see your Smart Object layer. You'll know it's a Smart Object layer because a tiny page icon will appear in the bottom-right corner of the layer's thumbnail. ©SCOTT KELBY Step Four: Now, we're going to change our mind and take that small-sized photo we just placed into our layout and rotate it back so it's straight again. Then, we're going to increase the size until it's large enough to use as our background. Press Com- mand-T (PC: Control-T) to bring up Free Transform. Rotate your image, and then hold the Shift key, grab one of the top corner points, and drag upward to increase the size of your placed photo. When you press Return (PC: Enter), Photoshop CS2 calls on your original image (which is actually embedded into your document), so your upsizing happens without losing quality. Remember: If you make a Smart Object larger than the original image's actual size, you will lose quality. Step Five: The example shown here gives you some idea of how incredibly cool Smart Objects are. The first photo was added using the Place command, then I used Free Transform to scale it up to fit within the background, which worked perfectly as a Smart Object. The second photo was a high-res image that was dragged-and- dropped into the background (rather than using the Place command). Then, I used Free Transform to scale it up to fit within the entire background, which pretty much destroyed the photo. Continued Resizing and Cropping Chapter 4 113 Sizing up as a Smart Object Sizing up as a regular image