Mastering Smart Objects in CS5, with Dave Cross

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.

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 00:51)

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Lesson 2: Smart Object Basics (Duration 05:39)

See a comparison between traditional Photoshop methods and the Smart Object way of working

Lesson 3: Creating Smart Objects (Duration 06:14)

Learn several methods of creating Smart Objects

Lesson 4: Smart Filters (Duration 09:03)

How to create editable filters using Smart Filters

Lesson 5: What You Can Not Do with Smart Objects (Duration 04:07)

Learn some workarounds for the few things that you cannot do directly to a Smart Object

Lesson 6: Camera Raw Smart Objects (Duration 05:41)

See the great advantage of creating a two way street between Camera Raw and Photoshop

Lesson 7: Vector Smart Objects (Duration 06:53)

How to take advantage of Vector Smart Objects, created when you bring Illustrator artwork into Photoshop

Lesson 8: Duplicating Smart Objects (Duration 07:23)

See the differences between (and advantages of) duplicating versus copying Smart Objects

Lesson 9: Project: Adding Multiple Layer Styles (Duration 05:57)

In the sample project, see how to add more than one of the same layer style to one layer

Lesson 10: Project: Text Effects (Duration 06:36)

In this sample project, learn how to apply Smart Filters to Text Smart Objects

Lesson 11: Project: Multi-Layered Layout (Duration 05:00)

See how to create a layout of multiple layers, keeping everything editable

Lesson 12: Creating Templates (Duration 08:51)

How to take advantage of one key feature of Smart Objects to create editable templates

Lesson 13: Conclusion (Duration 00:32)

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Meet Your Instructor: 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…

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