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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Photoshop CS2 > Working with Smart Objects

Working with Smart Objects

A Smart Object () is a container that you can embed raster/pixel (e.g. PSD, Camera Raw) or vector (e.g. AI, PDF, EPS) image data, for instance, from another Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator file that retains all its original characteristics and remains fully editable. A Smart Object can be scaled, rotated, and warped nondestructively without losing original image data in Photoshop. Smart Objects store source data with the original object, so you can work on a representation (composite data) of the image without changing the original—one file embedded within another. For example, when an Illustrator Smart Object is double-clicked in the Layers palette, Photoshop launches Illustrator and opens a working copy of the artwork. When Illustrator makes changes and saves the file, Photoshop automatically re-rasterize the file. If you duplicate a Smart Object, Photoshop stores only one copy of the source data while creating a second instance of the composite data. When you edit one Smart Object, Photoshop updates all copies. You can create Smart Objects from one or more selected layers in Photoshop, by pasting Illustrator data from the clipboard, or by using the Place command to insert a file.


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