Photoshop CC: Library objects need to be placed as "Copy via Smart Object", not as the source object itself.

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Hi Guys...

Placing an object from a Library makes it into some sort of "special case" of Smart Object.

I am unable to use the "New Smart Object Via Copy" command on it.

This results in any library object I place and edit being changed in the Library.

This is extremely unwelcome behaviour.

My library items are all multi-layered paintings that are intentionally made to be customised.

For instance, I'll have a smart object in my library that is a cartoon bedroom. This is constructed in such a way that I can change pictures on the wall, change the bedroom wall colours, switch a character on or off, and so on.

The workflow I require from Photoshop is this...

1. An already open canvas.
2. Open the Library, and drag and drop something from there onto my current canvas.
3. Have that item placed as a GROUP, rather than a Smart Object. I don't NEED it to be a Smart Object. I need it to be editable IN THE CANVAS I'M USING. So it should be an EXPANDED Smart Object, if anything.
4. I want to be able edit the item IN THE CANVAS I'M USING. So, I don't want to have to double click on a Smart Object, and have it open in a separate tab. The things I'm drawing are contextual.
5. I want my original "template" in the Library to remain unchanged. If I want to save the new version into the library, I'll drag and drop it there myself. That's MY choice, not YOUR default.

It's clear to me that the developers have absolutely not considered this use case. Right now, the Object from Library is treated as some kind of special case. It even has its own menu tree.

Please fix this. It's infuriating. Makes your library solution really limited. I'm unable to find ways round this.
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Roy Blumenthal

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  • massively frustrated. Insanely so.

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eartho, Champion

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Do you mean like this?

Maybe look through the manual first before becoming massively, insanely frustrated?
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Roy Blumenthal

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Thanks Eartho! Clearly, one of us is a genius. Hint... Probably not me!
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Roy Blumenthal

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Just some feedback on this...

It works on my Cintiq Companion 2.

You have to hold the ALT button in Windows as you drag the item from the library to the canvas.

This results in the item being placed as a normal Smart Object, with all the usual menu items applicable to those.

(The key on Mac is the OPT button, as mentioned by eartho.)

Excellent detective work from eartho. There was no sign of this to me. I don't even know how eartho managed to find this info.