“There’s a huge difference between files and assets, and once you understand this difference you will truly see… the power of CreativeSync in the 2015 release of Creative Cloud…”
If you’ve used Creative Cloud for a while, you’re aware that Libraries let you access your favorite assets — images, colors, styles, and much more — anytime and anywhere. Remember, Libraries are all about assets rather than just files. Read this wonderful blog post by Arno Gourdol, Adobe’s senior director of product development, to understand the difference.
It follows, logically, then that Libraries are also about making assets easier to use in your favorite creative apps. One way that Libraries achieve this end is through linked assets, which are asset instances that stay associated with the source asset contained in a library. When the source asset in the library is updated, its instances in your creative projects are updated as well. In some apps — Photoshop, for example — any effects you applied to the instances are also retained. Isn’t that cool?
A library-linked asset listed in the Photoshop Layers panel; note the cloud icon
Library-linked assets also make selecting the right Adobe Stock asset for your project a breeze. You can work initially with watermarked previews of stock assets, applying effects to them and making sure they’re right for your project. When you’re ready to purchase a stock asset, you can license it from right within the Libraries panel in your favorite app. As easy as that. All instances of the watermarked preview in your open documents are automatically updated to the high-resolution licensed stock asset.
Try out watermarked previews and license them when you’re ready
As of the writing of this blog post, six Creative Cloud desktop apps support library-linked assets: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, and Muse.
Adobe has published several resources that help you work efficiently with Libraries and linked assets in Creative Cloud apps. Try these links:
- Creative Cloud Libraries
- Using Adobe Stock
- Photoshop Help | Linked and unlinked assets
- Dreamweaver Help | Linked and unlinked assets
- Recent updates to Adobe Stock
Give library-linked assets a whirl. In the process, if any questions or use cases cross your mind, do share them with us as a comment to this post. We look forward to hearing from you.