You Suck at Photoshop – Smart Objects

You Suck at Photoshop – Smart Objects

August 13, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


My name is Donnie. And you [SIGH] suck at Photoshop. You didn’t get it the first
10 times, dip [PAUSE] stick. Maybe this time one of the
millions of you can squirt one through the hoop. Let’s say you’ve been
gone for a while. And when you got back, you had
a whole bunch of emails waiting for you. And you– there was one that stood out
in particular that said you were delinquent paying child
support to your estranged wife for a child you don’t have. And you want to make an image
that says, you’re f— crazy. The doctors ruled it out. Go put your mu-mu back on and
f– watch your stories. So let’s find an image that’ll
help us tell a story of our own. We’re going to do this
a little bit differently, though. We’re not going to open up this
image up through Bridge. We’re going to open it
up through Photoshop. And we’re going to open
it as a Smart Object. Don’t get worried. It’s– don’t let the name scare you. You’ll be able to use it. And we’re gonna– we’re gonna tell a story
about this little guy. We’re gonna– we’re gonna call him Ronnie. And Ronnie wants to
go on a journey. And Ronnie wants to bring
along some friends, mm– millions of friends. Because if Ronnie can’t get
the job done, maybe one of Ronnie’s friends can. So we’ll create a layer group
called Friends, and we’ll put Ronnie in there. And what we’re going to do is
we’re going to size Ronnie down, so he’s got room
for other friends. The– the thing about the Smart
Objects– and I think it’s kind of ironic that it’s
called Smart Objects, and I’m teaching it to you– did you get that?– is that when you have a Smart
Object, when you make changes to that object, you’re
only making changes to a copy of it. And you can go back later on
and do other things to it. What we’re going to do
is we’re going to– because this– because Ronnie’s so far away
from the camera, we’re going to create a– a little
bit of a– of a blur. And you’re thinking whoa,
wait a minute. If you want to use Ronnie again
later on, how are you going to do that? You’ve got– sh– ut up. Just stop talking. Because I’m sh– I’m going to show you. We’re going to duplicate Ronnie,
and– and when– when I do this, as you can see, I’m
holding down Option command and moving the cursor, it’s
creating new layers in my layer group. And we can create a bunch
of little Ronnies, like this is Johnny. And this is Lonnie. And this is Frr– Fronnie. So Ronnie’s little friends, and
we can– we can turn them and flip them, whatever–
whatever we want to do. It’s just making another copy. These guys are all trying to
make their way to the– the place where they can fulfill
their destiny. And the question is,
will they make it? Now that we’ve got a
bunch of Donnie’s– Ronnie’s friends, we can start
to duplicate the layer group and start making lots and lots
of Ronnie’s friends. Contrary to public opinion,
Ronnie may not be super effective, but he’s got
lots of friends. And so we’ll make sure that we
note that with these groups. And just to organize, we’ll
create another layer group called Little Friends. And we’ll put all of
these in here. And so now we want to
make bigger friends. So let’s take a Ronnie
and put it up here. And you’re like well,
wait a minute, you used a filter on it. You already Gaussian
blurred it out. You really scre– shut– I said stop talking. And that’s the last time. All we have to do
is remove the– the filter, and we’ve
got our Ronnie back. He’s just fine. And in fact, you’re thinking
well, you sized him down. He’s going to bl– he’s
lost resolution. Wrong. Ronnie is in full effect. So now we’re going to make
some medium-sized Ronnie friends, who are closer
to the camera. [ALMOST SOBBING] You can– you can make a bunch
of Ronnies wherever you want. So now that we’ve got Ronnie and
all of his friends here, now what we want to do–
we can add in– we can add in a nice background
that– you know– where would– where
would Ronnie and his friends be playing? Well, they would be traveling
through a– an awful icy ca– cavern that is lifeless
and devoid of caring. That looks– that looks right. And now what we want to do is
the ultimate burn on anybody who would send an email
claiming child support and say you– it wasn’t Ronnie at all. It was somebody– it was another little guy. And so what we’re going
to do is double click the Smart Object. And we’re going to open up a
copy of the Smart Object. And what we want to do is change
it to not be Ronnie, but to be somebody else,
say, Little Ricky. And we want to make sure
that everybody knows that it’s different. So we’re going to go to Image,
Adjust Hue Saturation. And we’re going to pick a color
that’s more suitable f– for Little Ricky, like
a flamin’ hot Cheeto kind of color. Because apparently Little Ricky
has ss– the spark that changed the ice cavern into
a warm, tropical place and apparently, tickets to Josh
Groban and a job were really all it took to make
that happen. So save this object. And what it’s doing now is it’s
updating all of the Smart Objects in the other
open document. And when we return, we will have
changed a swimming school of Ronnies into a bunch of
squirming little Rickys. And maybe now, someone can
understand that Ronnie never made that journey. He never finished the trip. Ronnie never had a chance,
because of prolonged exposure to solid waste and excessive
laptop in bed usage. But– but that’s all going to change
now, Little Ronnie.