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Community Beginner ,
May 09, 2018

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So, I've started working with smart objects in PS and using Camera Raw (not the filter). 

In my work flow, I generally create two or three layers at least.  I have my background layer (which I'm going to start creating the background layer as a smart object so i can make changes to Camera Raw later on).  I then usually duplicate the layer or create a new layer and remove spots, and then at the very least, I add a nother layer on top of that that I put my watermark on, so basically I have three layers at the very least in most images (background/smart object layer, cropping and spot removal layer on top of that, and then finally a water marking layer on the very top).

My question is this: Is there a way that if I go back to the background layer / smart object and make changes to the Camera Raw adjustments (say, increase exposure or completely desaturate the photo) is there a way that I can have those Camera Raw adjustments flow through to the other layers on top of it?

I guess if I'm duplicating the layers, then I probably can't, but let's say I just create new blank layers (not duplicate)... can this be done some how that way?

(The reason I create the background/bottom layer as a smart object is so that I can go back to Camera Raw and make adjustments if I need to later on, but this idea of having those changes flow through to upper layers puzzles me as to how I could so this).

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Changes in bottom layer (smart object) appear in top/upper layers

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So, I've started working with smart objects in PS and using Camera Raw (not the filter). 

In my work flow, I generally create two or three layers at least.  I have my background layer (which I'm going to start creating the background layer as a smart object so i can make changes to Camera Raw later on).  I then usually duplicate the layer or create a new layer and remove spots, and then at the very least, I add a nother layer on top of that that I put my watermark on, so basically I have three layers at the very least in most images (background/smart object layer, cropping and spot removal layer on top of that, and then finally a water marking layer on the very top).

My question is this: Is there a way that if I go back to the background layer / smart object and make changes to the Camera Raw adjustments (say, increase exposure or completely desaturate the photo) is there a way that I can have those Camera Raw adjustments flow through to the other layers on top of it?

I guess if I'm duplicating the layers, then I probably can't, but let's say I just create new blank layers (not duplicate)... can this be done some how that way?

(The reason I create the background/bottom layer as a smart object is so that I can go back to Camera Raw and make adjustments if I need to later on, but this idea of having those changes flow through to upper layers puzzles me as to how I could so this).

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LEGEND ,
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Please post a screenshot including the Layers Panel.

My question is this: Is there a way that if I go back to the background layer / smart object and make changes to the Camera Raw adjustments (say, increase exposure or completely desaturate the photo) is there a way that I can have those Camera Raw adjustments flow through to the other layers on top of it?

If I understand your file structure correctly: No.

RAW content and plain pixel content in Photoshop are different, even though there is a Filter called Camera Raw; also some of the effects might be able to be emulated with Adjustment Layers.

How involved is your touch-up and do you need to do it in Photoshop itself?

Because »plain« Spot Removal can be done within Camera Raw.

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May 20, 2018

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If I am understanding you correctly, the response is no. For example, if you create an empty layer for cloning and healing purposes above the Smart Object, and then make color/tone adjustments to the Smart Object, your retouching layer only reflects the original retouching.

I try to do as much of my work within the Smart Object as possible

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