The Smart Object is an interesting feature in Photoshop.  You can do all kinds of things in Photoshop with Smart Objects from opening a RAW file and then going back into the ACR settings to resizing layers and building templates.  But… these Smart Objects come with some drawbacks too.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had an email or a comment from someone that says, “Hey Blake, why didn’t you open that RAW file from ACR as a Smart Object?”

While I understand that you CAN open a RAW file as a smart object and have access to all the RAW settings, I don’t really see any advantage to doing so.

In today’s tutorial, I will tell you two reasons why I like Smart Objects and two reasons why I don’t. Let’s start with why I don’t so we can end on a positive note 😉

◄= Lesson Chapters =►
00:00 Intro
00:51 I don’t like them for RAW workflow.
04:10 I don’t like how big they make my files.
04:44 I DO like them for resizing layers in composites.
07:30 I DO like them for Smart Filters 09:06 Smart Objects give me options.

There's a Course for That...

Did you know I have an entire course on Smart Objects on f.64 Elite?

In this course, I take a deeper look at all things Smart Objects.  It’s much more than just scratching the surface!

Elite members get immediate access to this course and over 30 more!

Oh… and let’s not forget about the growth many photographers are seeing in their work from the monthly critique sessions.

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 is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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