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Mastering Photoshop Layers by Juergen Gulbins

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Photo by Rainer Gulbins, processed using Nik Color Efex Pro as a Smart Filter

6 Smart Objects and Smart Filters

It is often extremely handy if we can access and alter the original file for an edited image. In the case of Raw files, this means retracing our steps to the Raw conversion stage and applying changes there. All this and more is possible if the base file in question is opened – or handed over from Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw – as a Smart Object.

Smart Objects can also be very useful if we need to copy a detail from an image to reinsert and rescale it somewhere else – for example, to enlarge the lips in a portrait. If we use a Smart ...

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