Photoshop: Variables for smart objects

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Photoshop supports variables and datasets. I would love to use variables with Smart Objects and be able to edit the values from the mother document.
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Karsten Bruns

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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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I don’t think I fully understand what you mean – could you elaborate?
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Karsten Bruns

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Yes, gladly.

Let's say you create a document with an image of a button for a website. The button label is a text layer linked to a variable. (Image -> Variable -> Define)

Now you save this document as "MyButton.psd"

Now you create another document – a design for a whole website. You place MyButton.psd as SmartObject into your document multiple times. But each time the buttons needs a different label text. So I would love to select the MyButton-SmartObject, see the variables defined inside the SmartObject and be able to edit them.

This would make in SmartObject more reusable.

P.S. Having LayerCompositions accessible in a similar way, would be great, too.