Does anyone know: do smart objects work the same way as editing in LR, where the edits are commands stored in a separate XMP file so that your underlying RAW file is never changed? Sounds like Adobe took that from LR and built it into PS?
I don't edit in PS very often (I have the CC version but really haven't started to learn how to use it). My workflow (if I can dignify what I do with such a term) is to import everything into LR, figure out which photos I want to work on, edit in LR, then if I think PS would be useful (mostly so far only for content aware fill to get rid of stuff) I use "edit in PS" and create a Tiff from the photo (with the LR edits) for that purpose. Sound like I should edit the LR adjusted photo as a smart object in PS. If I understand correctly, that would just be adding further commands to the XMP file and I wouldn't end up with so many versions of the same photo. Does this make sense to anyone?
OK, I have some tutorials to watch. Thanks for the links.
Not really. It's more like putting "containers" around the file to protect the pixels and original file. Then filters and adjustments are applied to the container file. They are very helpful when you want to do destructive edits.
But the problem is that the Photoshop file will get really big really fast, as you are basically nesting files within files.