Photoshop: Allow extraction of smart object layers

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Allow extraction of smart object items.
Currently you can rasterize the smart object - or manually drag the layers from the smart object back into the document - but it would be great if I could just select "extract objects".

And what if the smart object has been resized? Then you can give the alert:
This smart object has been scaled, would you like to extract the layers in their original size or in their scaled version?
[Original] [Scaled]
[ x ] Scale effects
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yes, Bereza's scrip is brilliant and works almost perfectly. Almost - if liquify is applied to a SO inside the SO, it won't be translated correctly when 'unsmarted' in the target environment. This is due to the fact, that liquify operations are based on the canvas - not the object boundaries. Simply put, the liquify function should travel with the object and stay constant regardless the file size or canvas dimensions.

Another hot topic the Adobe PSD programers should consider addressing.
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That's correct. All smart filters are not supported because SO should have only one bitmap layer inside. Otherwise, it would look different in most of the cases. Only color adjustments could be as standalone adjustment layer clipped to the group with SO content inside.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add shy feature from After Effects to Photoshop.

Hey Photoshop gurus, would it be possible to add the "Shy" feature that is in After Effects to Photoshop? Either that or make an release feature for a Smart Object (Or UNsmart an object). I want to isolate one layer in a large file. In AE it's easy but in Photoshop there is no option that I can find. I know I can make a smart object but then I need to drag it back into my original file from the smart object but it would be easier to just turn on the shy button and then off.