Creating Editable Smart Object in PSE 6, Windows

This action creates smart objects that retain layer structure. This enables, for example, editing text even after it has been smart-filtered.

Editable Object commandTo convert layer(s) to an editable smart object:

  1. In the Layers palette, hide unnecessary layers. To convert just one layer, [Alt]-click its "eye" pictogram.
    (On this screenshot, the layers "Background" and "Smart" are prepared for conversion.)
    When converting a single-layered image, skip this step.
  2. In the Effects palette, double-click the "Editable Object" pictogram.
  3. As result, you have a layered smart object and backup copies of the source layers. Hide or delete those if needed.
  4. Now if you decide to edit the smart object's contents, either play the Edit Smart Object action or use this algorithm.

    NB This action saves the edited document as "Autosave.psd". Please do not forget to resave its under original name to proper directory.

    NB2 On Macs, this function works in a different way.

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Creating editable smart object from "Background" and "Smart" layers