OPEN RAWS AS SMART OBJECTS
When you open a Raw file in Photoshop it loads in a separate part of the software called Adobe Camera Raw, or ACR. This part of the software allows you to make unlimited, nondestructive changes to the Raw file before you open the file in the main part of Photoshop to finish your editing. However, did you know that once you click on ‘ Open Image’ in ACR, those Raw adjustments are ‘ baked’ into the file that you’re working on, so if you change your mind then you can’t go back and change them without reloading the Raw file and starting over? There is, however, a hidden option that’s so useful you’ll wonder why it isn’t turned on as standard. If you hold down the Shift key in ACR, you’ll notice that ' Open Image' changes to ' Open Object' – this hidden option loads the Raw file, complete with your changes, into Photoshop as a Smart Object. Being a Smart Object, this then allows you to go back and forth between Photoshop and ACR as many times as you like to re- edit the Raw file. To do this, simply double- click on the layer thumbnail in the Layers palette in Photoshop.