Adobe Photoshop CC

Linked Smart Objects

Learn how to link to an external file and get the benefit of updating multiple Smart Objects at once. (Try it, 10 min)

Linked Smart Objects

10 min

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Work even smarter with linked Smart Objects.

Using Smart Objects is a great way to work non-destructively. You can embed a Smart Object directly in a Photoshop file or link to a separate file and update it and reuse it in multiple projects.

If you need help or have questions along the way, let us know in our forum.

Understand linked vs embedded (0:28); Place linked Smart Object (2:42); Change multiple linked Smart Objects (3:57)

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Andy Anderson

Andy is a graphic designer, marketer, motivator, and has been in the industry for over twenty-five years.