March 27, 2014
Dragging and dropping a file from Bridge or Lightroom on top of an open document in Photoshop will (by default) place the file as an embedded Smart Object.
For more control over how the image is added, select Photoshop Preferences > General:
• Resize Image During Place – this will automatically scale down any file that is placed into a document smaller than it. But don’t worry, because Photoshop converts the file being placed into a Smart Object before it scales it down, all of the original data is there if you need to transform it larger.
• Always Create Smart Objects when Placing – this converts the file to be placed into a Smart Object. If you have reason to place an image as a regular, pixel based layer, uncheck this option.
December 13, 2013
The ability to open multiple files from Lightroom into Photoshop as Smart Objects and place them into a single document saves a significant amount of time when compositing. The only restriction is that you must first open a document in Photoshop. Since I typically work with a blank canvas to begin with, this requirement doesn’t bother me. Once you have your Photoshop document open, select the images in Lightroom (yes, you will have to be in Normal screen mode in Lightroom to do this) and drag and drop them on top of the open Photoshop document. Each image will be placed one at a time – displaying transformation handles for resizing to the desired size upon placement.
Select the files in Lightroom and drag and drop them onto your open document in Photoshop.
As you can see, all of the files are also automatically converted to smart objects as they are placed and the layer name takes on the original document’s name. Sweet!
The images are placed into the open document as Smart Objects.
Note: the options to “Resize Image During Place” as well as “Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Object” are controlled in Photoshop’s General Preferences.
Update: Sorry, I think this is a Mac-only feature. If you know of a way to do this on Windows, please share!
April 10, 2013
When working in Bridge, select your file and choose File > Place > In Photoshop. If you have no other documents open, the document will be placed into a new document as a Smart Object in Photoshop (with transformation handles so that you can resize if necessary – tap the Return or Enter key to apply any transformation).
If you already have a file open in Photoshop, selecting File > Place > in Photoshop will open your document into the currently active document and resize it to fit within the image (with transformation handles so that you can resize if necessary – tap the Return or Enter key to apply any transformation).
February 4, 2011
To use the dimensions of one open image to crop another open image, select the open document with the desired crop (width, height, and resolution) and click the “front image” button in the Options bar. This will enter the height, width and resolution for the document in the Options bar. Then, switch to the document that needs to be cropped and drag out the crop tool. The aspect ration will be constrained while dragging the crop and, when applied, the image will be resized to the desired width, height and resolution.
February 3, 2011
The interpolation method that is used in Free Transform, the Crop Tool and Place Command can be set in the Preferences > General > Image Interpolation menu.
November 27, 2009
To help with the placement/alignment/scale of an object that is being “placed”, the (placed) layer’s opacity and blend mode can be modified in the layers panel. Note: a layer’s opacity, fill and blend mode can also be modified while being transformed (Edit > Free Transform).
November 26, 2009
When using the File > Place command (invoked from either Photoshop or Bridge) the placed document is automatically converted into a Smart Object. Not only does this work when placing images, but also logos/artwork from Illustrator into Photoshop.