Smart "folders" or similar?

Engaged ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I find the smart objects a great feature, but I think it's far from being useful in every situation, because we always need to go inside, make changes, save, but we are never aware of how those changes are affecting the main document, because the SO has its own dimensions (most of the time).

 

Is there something such as "smart folders" or a similar feature where we can make changes to elements inside a folder (master) and it will update the elements inside another folder (slave)?

 

For example, if I have a document with 2 equal sections with Title, Sub Title, Logo, Long Text. 

Then I decide to hide the Sub Title and then move the Long Text up, because without the Sub Title, there's an extra space. And maybe I want to move the logo 100px to the right. 

But I would like to see all these changes in real time, so I could make decisions based on how both sections interact with each other and with the document itself. Working with SO is not always accurate and then we have to go back and forth, saving, etc.

 

Hope it makes sense.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Unfortunately with smart objects you can not edit them within the main layout, you need to edit the smart object separately.

 

2 tricks I use

 

  1. I draw a rectangle filled and stroked with none, to the max size I ever expect my object to be. This way when I get copy changes the position does not shift.
  2. to duplicate a smart and to act independently in Photoshop 

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Thanks for the reply.

My issue is not so much about the smart object and how it interacts with the document individually (even though that's sometimes the issue as well and I've done what you suggested as well, to keep the SO relative to the document).

My goal was to actually have multiple folders that are linked to the main folder ("smart folder" that would act the same as a SO) so if I move an element or hide/delete it, or even if I add another element, it would be reflected on the other folders. Pretty much what a SO does, but without being locked to a file where you need to go inside, make changes, save, come back to the main document, etc.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Unfortunately, Ps does not have this feature, but Affinity Photo does...

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Is there something such as "smart folders" or a similar feature where we can make changes to elements inside a folder (master) and it will update the elements inside another folder (slave)?

Not in Photoshop. 

Based on your description I wonder if you might not be better served by other applications anyway. 

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Engaged ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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This single feature is not enough for me to completely change my workflow to another application, especially because this is not something I use every single time.

I would like, though, that something like this existed, along with the normal smart object feature. They both have their strengths, in my opinion.

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Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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Thank you. I was actually looking for a way to send my ideas, but using Google didn't show any solutions. Appreciate the link!

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