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The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook by Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

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Smart Objects and Smart Filters

Smart Objects

Adobe introduced Smart Object functionality with Photoshop CS3. Smart Objects are regular pixel layers or other pixel-based objects (such as RAW image files or Illustrator graphic files) that Photoshop embeds separately in another object. The embedded object and its layer remain unchanged (i.e., is edited non-destructively), even if filters or other corrections are applied to the rest of the image. In order to do this, Photoshop creates a locked, temporary layer on which the selected operations are performed.

If you import a Smart Object into Photoshop,[113] it appears like a regular layer that can be manipulated using adjustment layers and other tools. However, double-clicking a Smart Object opens Adobe ...

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