Change the colour of multiple elements with Photoshop Smart Objects

Once you’ve got your Smart Object created, double-click the name in   your layers panel and rename it. Because the colour swatch is   already stretched to cover all of the icons, you can create a clipping mask without needing to resize the colour swatch. This technique can save lots of time when you want to experiment with different colour options. Smith
Matt D. 07. It takes a little effort up-front to get the swatches set up, but once everything’s in   place, colour swapping across layers becomes almost instantaneous. This will allow you to view both documents at once. Now stretch (Cmd+T) the colour swatch vertically to extend past all   the icons in the list. 11. The layers include items from a simple iOS7 iPhone app layout: a   title bar and a standard list view with text and icons. Using colour overlay layer fx can help speed things up in some scenarios, but by and large it’s frustrating that Photoshop doesn’t support global colour swatches the same way Illustrator does. Do some duplication
Repeat Step 9 for the remaining two icons in the list group. Create a copy
Now with the first icon finished, create a new copy of   the colour swatch and position it   just above the play icon in the Layer panel, which is next in the list group. Another way to quickly create a   copy of a layer is by hitting Cmd+J with the layer selected. Choose any new colour and hit OK. Smith is an expert in branding and interface design. 13. With your smart swatch selected in the Layers panel, select Edit TransformScale or hit Cmd+T to   bring up the Free   Distort options on the Smart Object. You will now have two instances of the Smart Object in your document. 12. Once you see the change, click to set the mask. To do this Alt+click in-between the layers or right-click the swatch layer and choose Create Clipping Mask. Choose some colours
Double-click the colour swatch shape in the Smart Object Layers panel to change its colour. 14. View all the documents
From the menu bar, choose WindowArrangeTile All Vertically. Even when you have, you may not know where each of the colours will be applied or if there will be lighter or darker shades used in certain instances. This will give you a smart colour swatch for each element in   the PSD. 05. 10. Stretch the swatch
Position the   newly created instance of your swatch over the remote icon in the list group. Make a clipping mask
Once your smart swatch is in position, create a   clipping mask for the colour swatch using the remote icon shape below. Try   using multiple smart colour swatches for keeping a global editable colour palette of your documents’ most used colours. Clipping mask
Position your colour swatch layer just above the bg layer in the title layer group. Your mouse icon will change when your cursor is in position and the Alt key is held. Double-click the object again to apply the changes. Save the Smart Object document (Cmd+S). You could stretch the colour swatch to only extend slightly beyond the borders of the single icon, but since we are making all of the icons the same colour, stretching the swatch to cover everything will make it faster to apply the swatch to each icon. Starter shapes
Once you’ve opened the Photoshop file, use the Shape tool (U) to draw a rectangle shape on the canvas, holding the Shift key to maintain equal proportions. Layers
Once you’ve got the shape drawn, convert the layer into a Smart Object by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Convert to a Smart Object. 06. In the meantime, there is a neat little Smart Object hack that can produce really speedy results when you want to quickly change colours across an entire Photoshop document. Words:   Matt D. Job done
That’s it, you’re done! .01 Get started
First download the sample project files. Finally, I’ve created a PSD of the final product, which you can download a PSD. You can also do this by selecting LayerSmart Objects Convert to Smart Object. 02. 08. Remember that this method will also work if you’re using   primary and secondary colours within the same document, you’ll   just need to create two different Smart Objects and copy them separately as required for your project. Now stretch the colour swatch until it covers the   entire title. We’ll be creating smart swatches to be used for the title bar background as well as the icons in the list.

Updated: 04.12.2014 — 00:37