Hello everybody!
Finally, I made a series of videos for you about working in Adobe Photoshop. I apologize in advance for the crooked installation, this is new to me, so do not judge strictly.

So the first 6-minute video is about how to collect illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and how to use smart objects. I promise you you will love smart objects when you try them.
I left little hints in the video to make it clearer to you, and I will also describe my actions in this article for those who like to read.

The work took place in Adobe Photoshop 2022. If you have a version of the program lower than CS2, then the function of smart objects may not be available to you, it appeared only in Adobe Photoshop CS2

How to assemble illustration

1.So the first step is to open the program of course

2.Then find the topmost menu and click “File” – > “New”.
You can immediately set the parameters of the document and its dimensions, or you can do as I do and adjust the size of the document using the “crop tool”.

3.If all your files are placed on the sheet as smart objects, you can skip this step, and if not, then you need to enable this feature in the settings.
Go to “Edit” – > “Preferences” -> “General”.
In the very first tab of the window that appears, there should be a check mark next to the item “Always Create Smart Objects when Placing”.

Ok now all placed files will be smart objects.

4.Now just drag the files to the workspace and in the right part where you have layers, change the order of the layers to assemble the illustration correctly. For example, clothes always go a layer higher than the body, etc.

5.After the illustration is fully assembled, you can easily change the colors of clothes or hair. (Attention! Since the hair can be of different sizes and shapes, they may not be positioned correctly when replaced, so you will have to adjust the position of the hairstyle manually)

To change, for example, the color of the jacket, you need to right-click on the layers panel on the layer with the jacket and select “replace contents” from the drop-down menu

Then you will have your file explorer open, find the folder with the set of illustrations that you are collecting and choose a jacket of a different color.

It’s simple if you get used to it a little.

Thus , you will need to collect the illustration only 1 time and save it as .PSD file. If you work with custom orders, this is very convenient. You just open .PSD file and replace the colors of the clothes at the request of the client to create a ready-made poster or postcard.

I hope this will make someone’s life easier 🙂

I’m preparing a few more videos that I plan to add to this article in a week, these will be videos on how to quickly make stickers and how to beautifully crop illustrations.
Have a good day!😘

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