Using Smart Objects in Photoshop is a great way to non-destructively edit your photos while keeping the RAW data from the original file embedded in the Photoshop Document. This allows you to go back later to give your shot a different look for a subsequent project, for example.

In this tutorial, I’ll take you through my standard workflow for producing many recent photos in my portfolio, since Adobe added the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop CC – as well as giving you the details of how I applied this approach to this shot of the wonderful performer Eliza Delite. The Camera Raw filter is almost the same tool you’re used to from previous versions of Photoshop. It has a few extra adjustment features, but the main change is that you can apply it to any image at any point in your creative process – rather than just when you import RAW photos.

We’ll be looking at how to use Camera Raw as a smart filter: applying Exposure, Sharpening, Noise Reduction, Local Adjustments and Perspective Correction to a photo in the time it takes to make a cup of tea, with the option to double click the layer to go back and modify your adjustments at any time.

Time To Complete

5 mins

Software Needed

Photoshop CC with Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 or higher.

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