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Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

Smart objects have been around for a while in Photoshop. They are extremely handy for keeping files editable, and they really help with productivity. When you’re working with smart objects, all you have to do is double click your smart object and you are taken to a temporary file. This is where you can make quick edits to that file, and when you save it and close it, it will auto-update in your working Photoshop file. Well, Adobe decided to take things further, with the ability to have Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC. This means that you could have one file, linked to multiple Photoshop documents. When you make a change to the original linked smart object, it will update throughout all of the Photoshop files that you have. This is similar to having files linked in an InDesign file, except that Photoshop automatically updates the linked file, without you having to relink it, or update the link. In the video below, you’ll learn how to use Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC.

Using Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

I am glad that they added this feature in Photoshop CC. It makes it easy when working with a team to keep files updated. If you use a linked Smart Object on your team’s server, when you update it, it updates everyone’s files automatically. This is a huge time saver, and it keeps your files consistent. There aren’t any mix-ups, and you won’t have team members using the wrong versions of a graphic or a logo. I think this feature should have been added a long time ago! I like how Adobe is trying to make file and project management easier for teams. When every minute counts, productivity is the key. What do you think about Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC?