PSD smart object import (Affinity Photo iPad)

PSD smart object import (Affinity Photo iPad)


Affinity Photo can
import PSD smart objects into its own native
embedded document format. I’ll show you how to
enable Smart Object Import and also give you
an example workflow. Before we try and
open a PSD file, we need to specifically
enable Smart Object Import. Now, to do that, we can
go to the Preferences, located in the top right here. Then we just want to
enable this option, Import PSD Smart
Objects Where Possible. And then we can tap Done. Now, we can import a PSD file. So we can go to the
Plus icon up here. Then choose Import From Cloud. So I’m just going to import
a PSD file from my Dropbox shared storage here. I’ll choose this
Billboard document here. And here is my
imported PSD file. Now, some mockups,
some templates, will have a branding icon. So on the Layers
Studio here, we just need to find the top layer. And it says, Hide This Layer. We can either hide it by
tapping the checkbox icon here. Or we can select it
and delete it, like so. So now, all we need to do is
find the embedded document for this logo in the middle. And that will be
this layer here. Let’s just expand it. And we can see it says,
Replace This Screen. You’ll notice it has a mask and
also a live perspective filter. If we just hide the
live perspective, we can see that’s actually
a perspective transform that has been translated from
the Photoshop equivalent to a live perspective
filter in Affinity Photo. So to actually enter
this embedded document and replace the logo,
all we need to do is double tap on the layer
thumbnail here, like so. Then we can select
the branding logo, delete that, and
insert our own logo. So I’m going to swipe
up from the bottom here, tap drag, and bring
out my files dialog here. And I’ve got my Affinity
logo ready to go here. So I’m just going to tap drag
and drop this into my document here, like so. Then I’ll just close the Files
window by swiping to the right. And then I need to
position this logo in the center of this document. Now, a great little tip for
this is to enable snapping. If we tap the
Document menu up here, we have the Snapping option. And when we enter
the Snapping dialog, we can just tap here
to enable Snapping. Now, if I tap Drag to
move the logo around, you’ll see I can
very easily snap to the middle of this document. Then I just need
to resize the logo. So I’m going to start dragging
on one of the corner nodes, like so. And then to resize
around center, I can add a two-finger modifier. So let’s add an additional
finger onto the canvas and then another finger, like so. And that will allow me to resize
around the center of this logo layer, like so. Then I can just release
with my main finger and then release the
two modifier fingers. And that is my logo positioning
and scaling complete. So now, I can close this
embedded document down just by tapping in the top left here. And we move back out
to our parent document. And as you can see,
we’ve very easily been able to replace
the embedded document logo on this billboard mockup. So there we go. That was a very quick guide
to enabling PSD Smart Object Import and also an example of
how you would take advantage of the resulting
embedded document format that the smart object
is converted to.

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