P: Ability to choose a Smart Object's interpolation method

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Contributor ,
Nov 19, 2013 Nov 19, 2013

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In Photoshop CC, I think there should be a way to choose the interpolation method (Bicubic/Bilinear/etc) for Smart Objects.

When transforming a Smart Object, the Interpolation dropdown that's there for other raster transforms should be in that Options bar.

Smart Objects are far less useful when I don't have control of this interpolation, and I find myself avoiding Smart Objects because of this issue. I find that my smart objects look overly sharpened when I downscale them.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 22, 2014 Aug 22, 2014

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I miss this since Adobe introduced Smart Clips. Please!
BTW: Are those JDI days still a thing at Adobe? This would be a great feature to think about. 😉

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LEGEND ,
Nov 25, 2014 Nov 25, 2014

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What I can't get it is: why this option appears at Options Bar for "Dumb Objects", but it does not appear for Smart Objects as well?

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 25, 2014 Nov 25, 2014

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While you can't control interpolation from the options bar, it does follow the interpolation set in the Preferences>General panel.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Nov 26, 2014 Nov 26, 2014

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Thanks Jeffrey!

I did some tests and I have a satisfying setup, now ... finally. :-)
Settings / General / Image Interpolation: "Bilinear"

Bilinear has the least glow (from sharpening) and fits best to my SmartClip workflow.

Testimage:

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 26, 2014 Nov 26, 2014

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FWIW - Bicubic was the default interpolation method CS5 and earlier. CS6 introduced "Bicubic Automatic" which selects Bicubic Sharper if the image/transform is reduced, and selects Bicubic Smoother if the image/transform is enlarged.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
May 12, 2015 May 12, 2015

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I agree it would be extremely helpful to have this on a per-smart-object level, rather than needing to switch my app-wide preferences depending on what kind of object I'm resizing. For now, I an resizing a copy of the layer as a dumb-object; but retaining the original smart object in case I need to resize/change it later. It's clearly not ideal, and specifying the interpolation method on each smart object seems like a necessary fix.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017

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Fantastic help, thank u.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 09, 2018 Mar 09, 2018

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This feature is still very needed.Smart objects are so useful, but not being able to easily integrate scaled animated pixel art is killing me.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 09, 2018 Mar 09, 2018

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Doesn't address needing multiple interpolations.

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Guide ,
Mar 09, 2018 Mar 09, 2018

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you can change interpolation methods for smart objects by changing the preference...

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2018 Mar 10, 2018

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That sets the interpolation for all objects at once. I need some objects to be Nearest Neighbour so the pixels look chunky and others Bicubic to smooth others out. I tried scaling the Smart Object I wanted Nearest Neighbour seperately and then saving that, no dice.
 Nearest Neighbour: Note how the train is crisp but the text frames are jagged. Each of the text frames is about 20% original size.
 Bicubic Automatic: Note how blurred the train is now and the text is noticeably smoother.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 19, 2019 Jan 19, 2019

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eartho: you can but this won't work on per layer basis properly. Because once you move or transform layer then interpolation method from settings is used. Not currently used method for this layer.

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Guide ,
Jan 19, 2019 Jan 19, 2019

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Jaroslav, trust me, i'm all too aware of this limitation. It's beyond ridiculous that we can't assign a per SO interpolation setting and it's been needed for as long as SO's have been in Ps.

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Engaged ,
Mar 25, 2019 Mar 25, 2019

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I want this too as I do a lot of work with pixel art.

Adobe keep adding all kinds of gimmicky new features to Photoshop, but this is a genuinely useful feature that lots of people would find helpful. It would also be extremely easy to implement.

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2019 May 14, 2019

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100% this. It's crazy that you can get an image just right but it will ruin it just by opening it again (or someone else working on your file). Having to go into Prefs every time you you open a file depending on what file you worked on last in a huge pain.

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2020 May 21, 2020

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I cannot believe the original post is from seven years ago and we still don't have that feature.

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Guide ,
May 21, 2020 May 21, 2020

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unfortunately, there are now even a few bugs with SO interpolation...
- select an SO which has a layer mask and hit cmd-t: you'll see interpolation in the option, but it has no effect on the SO. 
- select two layers which are each SOs and cmd-t: same issue as above.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2021 Dec 06, 2021

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Please add this, having this in the preferences makes no sense for smart object reisizing!

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