#CreativeFriday – Using Creative Cloud Libraries – Part 1 – Introduction

One of the most powerful additions to the Creative Cloud is the Creative Cloud Libraries feature. Creative Cloud libraries offers many unique things, from collaboration with other Creatives and Creative Cloud users, a Photoshop Global referencing system, as well as a way to download and license from Adobe Stock. I thought I would cover how to use this feature over a series of posts.

Creative Cloud Libraries exist in two places within your Creative Cloud Id. Within the desktop apps like Premiere Pro, Illustrator, After Effects, Indesign and Photoshop. They also exist within your Adobe ID on your creative cloud on the web.

Let’s take Photoshop CC.

Creative Cloud Libraries are available under the Window menu, and also exists as a panel within the desktop applications.

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Libraries are essentially a way to store and share content at a global level within the desktop applications and is available at any time in your workflow, regardless of which canvas is open. Libraries will also automatically sync to the Creative Cloud (when an internet connection is available), and are available where ever you login to Creative Cloud web site.

Because Libraries exist on the Creative Cloud, they can also be shared to and collaborated on with other Creative Cloud users, they can also be given as a link to another Adobe ID’s without sharing any content.

In this post we will talk about Creating a new library and putting content in there from Photoshop.

Once the panel is open, a library can be created from the drop down list (marked in yellow), or from the fly out menu (Red) and choosing ‘Create New Library’.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 21.48.53Once selected, you can give the library a meaningful name.

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Clicking create will provide you will an empty space for content.

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Libraries can store content from mobile apps, like Brush, Hue, Shape, as well as content from Stock and objects from Photoshop or the other desktop applications (like shapes, text, colours etc). Libraries can also contain content from your current canvas. To get assets into the Library, just drag the asset direct from the canvas into the panel.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 22.13.43There are many things that Libraries can contain from the canvas, from layer styles, text, colours, graphics and shapes. After using collections for a while there will be many assets that you can use at any time, on any canvas, as well as other installations of the applications on your Adobe ID and from within the other desktop applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere Pro and After Effects).

You can also see the libraries (marked in Red below) on the Creative Cloud web site.

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Once inside the Libraries on the web site, all content can be viewed directly from within the the browser.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 22.53.05This post is just an intro to Creative Cloud libraries over the next few posts, we will discover more of what Libraries can do within your workflow.

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