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smart object

October 30, 2007

Whenever you drop an image in your (CS3) Photoshop file, make it a habit of converting that layer into a smart object. This will retain the quality of the image if you plan to re-size it later. If you don’t make it a smart object and you re-size your image smaller, then re-size it bigger later, you will end up with a crappy picture. There are some set backs to creating a smart object; can’t link up layer masks, can’t edit the actual layer, can’t sample to the layer, stuff like that (this is fine, simply duplicate your layer in question and rasterize it). Either way, it will be a life saver if you are ever in pixel hell.

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