How can I duplicate smart objects and make them separate in Photoshop CS6?

In Photoshop I can copy and paste Illustrator paths as a smart object, and then double click this smart object to edit it in Illustrator.

When I duplicate this smart object (say to change the colour scheme of a logo I’m designing and offer a client multiple colour schemes) and edit the newly created smart object, BOTH objects change.

It’s one of those Adobe quirks where I’m not quite sure if it’s a feature or a bug 🙂

Anyway, in order to offer separate colour schemes of a logo in one .psb file, I’d like to know how to edit derivative smart objects independently of each other 🙂


  1. Right click on smart object layer
  2. Click “new smart layer from copy”

The new layer that’s generated can be edited independently of its “parent”.

Source : Link , Question Author : Starkers , Answer Author : ckpepper02

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