Photoshop: Is there a way to reduce the size of files that use Smart Objects?

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Quick question about smart objects. Is there a systematic way to restrict smart object sizes. Many times I see that designers place smart objects that are much bigger than they need and most of the time bigger than the base image. As you know, this drastically increases the file size of the file. I would like to restrict all smart objects to, at the very least, the pixel dimensions (largest by let fall) of the base image. Any ideas if this is possible?
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eartho

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Ask your designers to start using linked SOs instead. With those, Ps embeds only the preview instead of the entire file.
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You can rasterize all Smart objects.
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eartho

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Does a linked SO not work through a cloud server?
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Linked Smart Objects can be either local or cloud based.
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Thanks All. 
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I think rasterizing the smart objects defeats the purpose. 
I believe linking them will  help. I mean you can always copy that file and 
rasterizing the layers and still retain a safety copy of the orig. file. 
If I'm that worried that I might have to go back in time and make edits 
months later I almost always create a safety copy. You never know.
At that point it become a practice of good file management.

Good Luck