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Mark Palmos
Collage with masks - Smart Objects NG, and Transform NG...
on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:49:30 pm

Hello all,

I am trying to make a collage of about 15 images on an A3 sized sheet. Many of the images will need to be resized, cropped, and sometimes masked with gradient transparencies... sounds easy but...

I dragged the pix to the A3 Photoshop document, and each had to be double clicked as each gets placed with the transform tool active. Odd, but ok.
The problem is I found I could not select an area of any photos to delete the rest, it said Smart Objects are not directly editable. (also odd)
So I read up about importing images in a Stack, and they arrive as layers instead of Smart Objects. These can be transformed and cropped, masked and everything I need, BUT transforming them down apparently resamples them for some reason, so you loose a lot of quality.

So what to do? It seems this very basic need is actually fraught with gotchas... caught between a rock and a hard place... or is there a third way of doing this simple collage?


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