Tommy Maloney’s tutorial explains the basics of Smart Objects, the new non-destructive way to manipulate images
The Smart Objects feature is one of the most exciting things Photoshop has brought to the table in recent years: importing an image and being able to scale, distort, transform and otherwise manipulate it without making it go soft or blurry because you scaled it too large. It’s like working with an image in Illustrator and being able to enlarge it 1000% without any image degradation. I tell people that I predict the way of the future is a single Adobe application for page layout, photo manipulation and graphics creation (Creative Suite, anyone?) and this is one of those little examples of one Adobe application using ideas from another and/or using one app to do another’s job. Heck, lots of designers use Illustrator to create layouts when they should be using InDesign, so why not use Photoshop in a way championed by vector editors like Illustrator?
Anyway, PhotoSpin.com has published this interesting primer covering the basics of Smart Objects. It’s not bleeding-edge stuff, but if you haven’t heard of Smart Objects before go here and you’ll have a good understanding of the feature.
I just bought Ben Willmore’s Photoshop CS2: Up to Speed and it has an entire chapter on Smart Objects. I haven’t read that part yet but I will and if readers are interested I’ll post some of those tips as well as some far-out effects if I can conjure up some.