I have several photoshop files created from one original, and each has several Smart Objects (I'm creating label variations with different die lines). I understand the concept of New Smart Object Via Copy, which works great on an individual basis. My problem is that I generated these multiple files (with dozens of SOs) by Saving As, and a good portion of the SOs are now 'linked', and they no longer display the SO icon, but a link icon. I need a way to unlink them, which I don't think is possible. Making things worse, the 'new via copy' option is no longer available in the right click menu. Even worse still, what is available is "convert to smart object" for some reason, and when I do that, I get a new PS file that contains the SO with the link icon. It, when edited in AI, is still linked to all the others, and changes them all.
What a mess. Why can't I unlink a linked file?
There are two way to Place image into a document Place Linked... or Placed Embedded... If in your design you are planning on creating new smart Object layers using leayer>Smart Objects>New smart Object via copy it means you want independant smart object layers. To really have independant smart object layers the object must be embedded objects not Place linked files. If they are placed linked files it like having a shared object, Like when you dupe a smart object layer, there a single object. It just that your independant object layer are both linked to the same file external file. If that singel external files is changed both smart object layers will get updataed at some time. You object need to be embedded, an embedded file copy not a link to an external file.,
You can unlink a smart object by rasterizing it. Try doing this:
Activate your Smart Object, and then go to:
Layer > Smart Objects > Rasterize.
Make sure you have made a copy of the file before doing this just in case this is not what you want.
THANK YOU! This is so helpful!
Thanks for the input. It really helped!!!!!
I am also trying to achieve this. I have 3 PSB files all linked to one and the same image. When I change the image in one, all others are switched as well. But I want to have the three PSB files as containers independant from each other with different images. How can I retain the PSB files but have them contain different images without the psb files syncronising. Doesn't Photoshop have an "unlink" option? Rasterizing is not an option, as I need to retain the psb as a container... Thanks for anyone with a solution...
**UPDATE** I just converted each psb to "Smart Object", that did the trick.
I've discovered another fix for this, though it does take a bit of time. I have a bunch of linked .psb Smart Objects that I can't rasterize because I still need them to be editable, and I also can't convert them to Smart Objects because they are skewed at a certain angle, and converting them skews them permanently. However, I discovered that if you Save As, rename the file to something slightly different, and then Copy + Paste in Place each layer (with any attached masks), it creates a new unlinked layer. Hope this helps!