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Eric Jordan
Smart Objects Memory Usage
on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:48:36 am

Quick question regarding smart objects.

When placing a smart object in another document, does the memory usage of the layer performer similar to a layered group, or does photoshop temporarily rasterize the layer in order to free up memory?

I have a large complex document I'm working on, and I'm wondering if a flattened rasterized layer will serve me better than using a linked smart object.

Appreciate any insight on this.

-Eric


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Smart Objects Memory Usage
on Jul 31, 2014 at 1:17:16 pm

It really depends. If you need to come back to the smart group, then I wouldn't, but if you won't and you can live with it being rasterized, then do. I'm not exactly sure how ps deals with memory on a smart object, but it tends to keep nearly everything in memory when the file is open so a single rasterized layer will probably take up less memory than a similar smart object. That's my guess.

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