Get Smart with Adobe Photoshop

When: Thursday June 23rd, from 6.30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Pinellas Park Historical Society, Map

Smart Objects

are one of the most powerful features of Photoshop allowing for almost limitless editable variations of your files. Great for templates where images need to be replaced regularly or simply for those who have trouble making decisions.

With Smart Objects, you can:

  • Perform nondestructive transforms. You can scale, rotate, skew, distort, perspective transform, or warp a layer without losing original image data or quality because the transforms don’t affect the original data.
  • Work with vector data, such as vector artwork from Illustrator, that otherwise would be rasterized in Photoshop.
  • Perform nondestructive filtering. You can edit filters applied to Smart Objects at any time.
  • Edit one Smart Object and automatically update all its linked instances.
  • Apply a layer mask that’s either linked or unlinked to the Smart Object layer

For this months meeting, Eric Segeren will be demonstrating the use of Smart Objects in Photoshop. Starting with the basics of what they are and why they were created, he will then demonstrate some simple smart object techniques on a single image. After that, he’ll take what he’s done on that image and incorporate it into a much more complex layout involving multiple smart object images nested inside of each other along with vector Illustrator artwork (also a smart object) to create a completely flexible template than can be reused with any images – all without harming a single pixel. The goal of this project, is to show just how powerful Smart Objects and non-destructive editing in Photoshop can be.

About Eric

For the last decade, Eric has worked for Cox Target Media. When not pillaging and plundering the Tampa Bay area, he works as a graphics analyst and trainer responsible for researching and developing processes and technology for use within the company’s graphics department as well as writing for and training graphics policy and technique.

In addition, he is the current manager of the Tampa Bay Creative Suite User Group as well as an Adobe Creative Suite Ambassador. Eric can often be found playing in programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator when he isn’t working in them.

6:30 – 7:00 Announcements
7:00 – 8:15 Presentation
8:15 – 8:45 Q&A
8:45 – 9:00 Raffle Prizes

If you register, you will get one raffle ticket.
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This month we will be raffling off the grand prize of CS5.5.
Please remember to bring any raffle tickets you have earned so far this year.


2 Responses to Get Smart with Adobe Photoshop
  1. John Rogers


  2. Ken Hunt

    This is one I really would have liked. But I’m away on that day. Oh well.