Why can't you edit a placed embedded smart object layer?

Explorer ,
Sep 09, 2022 Sep 09, 2022

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When I place an image onto my canvas by drag & drop or copy & paste, then convert the image layer into a smart object I have no problems opening that smart object and adding adjustments layers. When I place an image onto my canvas by choosing place embedded, which then automatically converts the image into a smart object layer and when I try to edit the smart object I recieve an error message;

Can't save this document back to its original file format. Flatten layers and discard extra data as necessary then choose File > Save again.

Does this happen for a reason because I like the fact that if you place an image onto your canvas convert the layer to a smart object then duplicate and transform that if I change the image Ps not only replaces all the duplicated smart objects but also remembers the transform properties.

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Sep 10, 2022 Sep 10, 2022

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File formats. 

 

If you place an image in a format that does not support Layers it naturally cannot be saved with Layers. 

So if placed jpg, png, … files cannot be saved with Adjustment Layers that is the consequence of your choice to use those file formats. 

 

You can save the layered open Smart Object as a new psd, psb or tif somewhere and use Layer > Smart Objetcs > Replace Contents to replace the original flat image in the containing image. 

 

Edit: When converting Layers to a Smart Object in Photoshop it will be created as a psb right away, so layers-capable. 

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Sep 11, 2022 Sep 11, 2022

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So when you place a jpg file using place embedded photoshop converts it into a smart object  but keeps it as a jpg therefore when one tries to open that smart object and add an adustment layer you can't save it. If I paste a jpg image by copy or paste or drag & drop then I convert the layer myself  into a smart object then photoshop converts that jpg into a psb to allow for adjustment layers but not if I use File / Place Embeded which converts to a smart object, that smart object has to be edited destructivly. 

So Paste It Don't Place It

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