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If youve spent any time reading or watching Photoshop tutorials, youve likely heard the term Smart Object, usually combined with non-destructive editing, but what exactly is a Smart Object, and how does it differ from its dumb alternative?
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At its core, Smart Objects allows you to accomplish three things:
  1. Preserve the data of your original layers
  2. Apply editable filters and adjustments
  3. Update multiple layers at once
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