Mastering Smart Objects in CS5 By Dave Cross

1 hr 12 min
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Smart objects and smart filters are powerful tools in the Photoshop workspace. In this course, Dave Cross opens up Photoshop CS5 and begins with the basics of using smart objects and smart filters. He moves on to explain how smart objects can be used with Camera Raw, how they can be used with vector objects, and some tips for working around the limitations of smart objects and filters. In the final lessons of the course, viewers will get a chance to practice what they have learned with a couple of design projects.

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See a comparison between traditional Photoshop methods and the Smart Object way of working
Learn several methods of creating Smart Objects
How to create editable filters using Smart Filters
Learn some workarounds for the few things that you cannot do directly to a Smart Object
See the great advantage of creating a two way street between Camera Raw and Photoshop
How to take advantage of Vector Smart Objects, created when you bring Illustrator artwork into Photoshop
See the differences between (and advantages of) duplicating versus copying Smart Objects
In the sample project, see how to add more than one of the same layer style to one layer
In this sample project, learn how to apply Smart Filters to Text Smart Objects
See how to create a layout of multiple layers, keeping everything editable
How to take advantage of one key feature of Smart Objects to create editable templates
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Dave Cross


For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught Photoshop,Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Ce...

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  1. Profile photo of crooksnangels crooksnangels

    I was wondering when he uses brush tool to make sprockets in film, how did he get them to be see through? instead of black or white?

  2. Profile photo of RYNNEAN RYNNEAN

    Excellent lesson —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of tom Jones tom Jones

    Loved it. SmartObjects are such an overlooked and misunderstood topic. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Kenneth King Kenneth King

    This is really great.
    Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

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