Some of you may know that Smart Objects work with stuff placed from Illustrator but that’s not all Smart Objects has to offer in Photoshop CS. When designing a mockup you probably work with images, then later in editing you scale the image to what you think is right. How many times have you dreamed of a possibility to scale it back with any loss of quality?
We all know that you really can’t do it, the image would pixelate and soften instead. This instance was true until CS2 entered the scene. Yes it is true now you can place a photo in Photoshop and make it a “Smart Object”, just select the layer of the photo and go to the “Layer menu” and choose “group into New Smart Object”.
When you do this it is linked to the embedded high-resolution original. So now when you resize it’s still crystal clear even if you scale it a dozen times. But wait there is more, you can also rotate images or even warp them, it always pulls data from the original so that everything stays crisp. It allows me to rethink the way I work and I can do things that weren’t possible before CS2.
One more thing, if you duplicate a Smart Object and make a change to the original all duplicate layers update automatically. So go ahead and update, warp, swap, etc. all without the fear of quality loss.