Non-destructive edits

AB
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Andy_Bay
Dec 17, 2007
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Hi!

I have a couple of workflow related questions about PS.

1. Is there a way to scale a layer down without loosing its resolution permanently? I often notice that I want something scaled back up, but the resolution seems to be gone and I’m seeing pixelation.

2. Is there a way to apply adjustments (like levels) so that I can change the settings of the effect later if I want?
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John_Joslin
Dec 17, 2007
Read up about "Smart Objects".
JO
Jim_Oblak
Dec 17, 2007
…and "adjustment layers".
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stevent
Dec 17, 2007
….depending upon your version of PS, of course.
AB
Andy_Bay
Dec 17, 2007
I have CS3 extended..
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stevent
Dec 18, 2007
You’re alright then. Read posts #1 & #2.

PS help files.

ps: it’s ‘losing’ not ‘loosing’ – a little bugbear of mine.
AB
Andy_Bay
Dec 18, 2007
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

Please try to bear with my english as I’m not a native speaker.

I studied smart filters and they seem very nice. The only thing is, I need to scale the images so that their content is approximately the same size. Now I don’t seem to be able to scale the smart objects so that I see the content of the other layers -instead I have to scale each picture individually (as if they were a file of their own) and this is making matching the sizes very difficult.

Maybe it is best if I explain my task to you:

I have five shots of a man wearing a shirt. I need to make a animated gif of the man rotating so that we can see the shirt from every direction. The only thing I’m struggling with is sizing the pictures so that the shirt is approximately the same size in every shot. I’m also cropping off unnecessary areas so that only the shirt is visible.

Could you suggest me a good workflow on this? I would like to keep the size editable (with smart objects) so that if the client later wants the gif to be bigger I can resize it without loosing the work I have done.

Any help from you experts would be very much appreciated!
SF
Scott Falkner
Dec 18, 2007
Your question is answered. You can turn any layer or layer group into a Smart Object. you can scale or rotate a Smart Object without harming the contents. The image will appear to be resampled to match the resolution of your working document, but you can still edit the original and access its full resolution.

I suggest editing each image as a separate PSD. Remove the background or add a layer mask to get the transparency you want. Don’t worry about the images’ orientations and sizes. In a new document the size of your animation got to File > Place and add each image as a separate Smart Object. Scale and rotate each to get the desired alignment. Play with transparency so you can see through your working layer to better align it with the underlying layers.

Add Adjustment Layers to play with levels or colour adjustments.
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Phosphor
Dec 18, 2007
"Please try to bear with my english as I’m not a native speaker."

Hmm…there are a a lot of things you could have messed up in your most recent post but you were reasonably literate, yet the difference between "losing" and "loosing" trips you up.

I might humbly suggest that you make an effort to dispel the confusion over that word form once and for all. It does nothing but drag down the rest of what you’ve written.

I’m just sayin’, is all…
DM
dave_milbut
Dec 18, 2007
(in case you couldn’t tell, that was a compliment from phos! 🙂 )
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Telemanr
Dec 18, 2007
No we couldn’t. Good thing you pointed that out dave.
DM
dave_milbut
Dec 19, 2007
XD

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