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Linking Smart Objects with Layer Mask

Photoshop CS2 does not allow Smart Objects to be linked with a layer mask but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Learn this quick and easy trick to link Smart Objects with a layer mask.

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Here is the image I will be working with.

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In my image, there's a photo as the background and a smart object as the top layer. However, when I add a layer mask to the smart object, I cannot link it. The link button is grayed out and when I try to click between the layer thumbnail and the layer mask thumbnail, it does nothing.

Without being able to link the smart object with the layer mask, I would have to move both layers seperatly to move the smart object around with its layer mask.

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Here's a way around this: Create a new folder in the layers window (Window> Layers) and add a layer mask to the folder.

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Select the smart object layer and drag it to the layer above to move the smart object inside the folder.

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To edit the layer mask of the smart object, edit the folder's layer mask instead.

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Linking Smart Objects with Layer Mask
You may also move and transform the smart object using the folder instead.

   
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