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Chapter 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and C... > Smart Resizing with Smart Objects - Pg. 112

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Smart Resizing with Smart Objects Each time you resize an image in Photoshop, you lose some quality. For example, if you make a photo larger, your image quality takes a pretty big hit. If you scale the photo down, you don't lose as much, but you still lose some. However, in CS2 Adobe introduced Smart Objects, which enable you to place a photo into an open document, resize it at will, and not lose any quality (as long as you don't resize larger than the original image). It does this by embedding the original photo into your layered document, so when you resize, it calls upon the original high-res photo to create the exact size you want. Step One: To create a Smart Object layer, you have to have a document already open (so you'll generally use this technique when you're combining multiple photos in the same document). Or, to create a Smart Object, all you have to do is go under the File menu and choose Place (you can place a regular photo, a RAW photo, or even a vector file, such as an Adobe Illustrator EPS file). ©SCOTT KELBY Step Two: When the placed Smart Object image appears in your document, it appears with a bounding box around it so you can rotate and resize the image. Hold the Shift key, grab a corner point, and resize the photo to fit within the filmstrip frame, rotate it, and then press Return (PC: Enter) to complete your resizing, which creates the Smart Object layer. 112 Chapter 4 Resizing and Cropping ©SCOTT KELBY