Step 2: Layer Styles Applied to the Image as a Whole
To fix this, I need to remove the white background. Earlier, I told you that we can modify a smart object to hide additional layers. In this example, I want to demonstrate a different way.
As long as there is an expressive contrast between tones, we can use the Overlay If option to remove the background. Double-click on the layer of the smart object to open the panel of layer styles, and move the slider for the Overlay if option, the background will not disappear:
Step 3: Configure the Overlay If If slider. (Larger version)
After that, right-click on a layer in the layers palette and select the option “Convert to Smart Object”. We will get a new smart object that will save the changes we made: Continue reading
Using a template layer with animating smart objects
Since smart objects can contain several layers, we can create temporary layers, which helps us create more complex animations. For example, in the animation effect below, I created a red dot that moves in a circle. Usually this effect is not easy, and it requires a lot of key frames. With the help of smart objects we can use layers – templates and simplify the whole process.
Let’s look at how this is done:
The red dot moves in a circle
In the scene below, I created two layers: one with a red dot (“Dot”), and the second with a big gray circle (“Template Shape”). I added separator marks to the large gray circle to more clearly demonstrate the effect of the move: Continue reading