The Advantages to using Libraries to Store Layer Styles

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If you’ve been using Photoshop for any length of time, then you’re probably used to saving and applying custom Layer Effects/Styles using the Layers Styles panel. However, there are distinct advantages to saving Layer Effects/Styles to the Libraries panel. For example, you can group different types of styles into different Libraries (which are easily accessible using the drop down menu instead of having to save and load sets). Plus, you can add additional elements such as logos, text styles, colors, photos, and other assets (within the same Library) for a specific project or client.

Another advantage to using the Libraries panel is that the stored content will automatically be synchronized  between multiple installs of Photoshop using the same Adobe Profile via Creative Cloud (for example, your work and home computers). And, you can easily share Libraries with others by using the flyout menu and selecting the Collaborate or Share link.

For more information about working with CC Libraries, check out the video below:

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Posted on 02-08-2016


  • By GS - 12:48 PM on February 8, 2016  

    The major drawback to using CC Library feature is when using it in a team environment. Don’t get me wrong, the Library feature is awesome. But without a way to permanently archive the library, then it’s purpose and usefulness is potentially short-lived. I work in a larger agency, so when someone in the agency leaves, that account is deactivated and the library is lost. Adobe needs to build a way to permanently archive the library file for others to open/use later.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 6:17 PM on February 9, 2016  

      Thank you for the feedback – I will pass it to the product team, but it would also be great if you could add your request to the forums!

  • By Christine - 10:56 AM on February 10, 2016  

    Is there a way to add an image (that was added to the library as a layer group) from the library to the current document as a layer group instead of a smart object? I’m specifically thinking of templates that I might want to use in multiple documents.