Cloned Smart Object Layers in Adobe Photoshop

Cloned Smart Object Layers in Adobe Photoshop

Smart Object layers are extremely popular and useful feature in Adobe Photoshop. One of the hidden gems is the ability to create cloned Smart Object layers which have linked content internally inside the Photoshop document. This feature allows you to update content on all cloned Smart Object layers by editing content on only one of the cloned layers.

In this video tutorial, I will explain to you how to create and how to use cloned Smart Object layers in Adobe Photoshop.

Video tutorial

Here is recording which will explain to you everything that you need to know to get started using cloned Smart Object layers and to enjoy the benefits of this fantastic feature. If you have any question or doubt, please do not hesitate to leave comments.


Transcript

Hi guys, in this tip I will try my hands to explain to you cloned Smart Object layers and how to use them in Adobe Photoshop.

The starting point is the Smart Object layer in the Photoshop document. The content of the Smart Object layer can be anything that can be converted to Smart Object. To create cloned Smart Object layer use Ctrl/Cmd + J keyboard shortcut, Duplicate layer command or with the Move tool active press Alt/Opt on your keyboard and drag Smart Object layer.

Cloned Smart object layers have linked content internally inside the Photoshop document. If you alter or update content on any cloned Smart Object layer that will update content on all other cloned instances.

One way to edit the content of the Smart Object layer is to double-click on the Smart Object layer thumbnail. Photoshop will open content for edits in a separate tab. What you see on your screen and in the Layers panel in editing mode is content which is linked. Let me quickly apply adjustment and save changes.

Here is the result after modifying the content of one of the cloned Smart Object layers.

Let me mention again that only content is linked. Transformations, filters, masks and so on... are not linked or connected.

To demonstrate this I will transform cloned Smart Object layers and apply filter and layer effects.

Now let me update content on one of the cloned Smart Object layers. It does not matter which Smart Object content is updated, it can be a parent or any of the children.

As you can see, the content is automatically updated while layer effects and filter are re-applied separately without to affect other cloned instance.

Lastly, let me mention that there aren't any limitations in terms of a number of cloned Smart Object layers per document.

This feature can be useful when creating templates, designing web pages, previewing your favorite filters or adjustments and so on.

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Product used in this tutorial
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Reference:
Work with Smart Objects

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