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Chapter 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and C... > Smart Resizing with Smart Objects - Pg. 114

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Six: Another incredibly handy thing about Smart Object layers is that you can easily swap photos--replacing a new photo for one you already have in place--and still have them fully scalable. First, in the Layers palette, Control-click (PC: Right-click) on your Smart Object layer's name (in this example, we're going to replace the center photo with a different headshot). When the contextual menu appears, choose Replace Contents. Step Seven: This brings up the standard Place dialog. Navigate your way to the photo you want to insert to replace your existing Smart Object, and then click the Place button. When you do, the image you just chose will replace your original Smart Object photo, and it will appear in the same size and position. Since it too is a Smart Object, you'll be able to size it up (to the full original size of the high-res file, but no larger) without loss of quality. Step Eight: You can also place RAW images as Smart Objects. The advantage (besides the whole resizing thing) is that you can edit your Smart Object layer by going back to Camera Raw to create entirely new versions of your RAW photo. Here's how: Go under the File menu and choose Place. Locate your RAW photo and open it in Camera Raw so you can process the photo. When you click Open, it appears within your document as a Smart Layer. To re-edit (reprocess) this file from the RAW original, just double-click on the Smart Object's thumbnail. 114 Chapter 4 Resizing and Cropping ©SCOTT KELBY