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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Co-host of the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV Kloskowski

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How Do I...

?OPEN AN IMAGE AS A SMART OBJECT?
Click the File menu and choose Open as Smart Object. Find the image you want to open and click on the Open button. That image will show up just like normal in the Layers panel, but it will be a Smart Object instead.
?PLACE AN IMAGE INTO AN ALREADY OPEN IMAGE AS A SMART OBJECT?
Click the File menu and choose Place. Navigate to your image and click on the Place button. The placed image will show up as a Smart Object in your image.
?CONVERT A REGULAR LAYER INTO A SMART OBJECT?
You can always go under the Layer menu to Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Object. My favorite way is to Control-click (PC: Right-click) on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object, instead. It’s a lot faster.
?GIVE A LAYER THE ABILITY ...

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