Have you ever made some awesome adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw, opened the image, and then realized you forgot to reduce the Chromatic Aberrations or reduce the noise?  It used to happen to me all the time!  I would then have to close out the photo and re-open it in ACR and make the necessary adjustments.

Enter Smart Objects > Stage Left

Opening your image as a Smart Object from ACR can really help increase your HDR wrokflow efficiency.  The basic concept behind a Smart Object, it allows you to go back and edit the image in ACR with a simple double click on the layer in Photoshop!

The only downfall is you have to know you want to be working on a Smart Object before you start!  Not so Smart huh?

This brief tutorial will have you sharpening your wits with Smart Objects in no time!



Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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