How to use Adobe CC Libraries
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Published on February 9, 2016
Design professionals can use Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) libraries for many projects. Many designers can benefit from Adobe CC Libraries, an often overlooked tool in the Creative Cloud collection of apps. Adobe CC Libraries provide designers with a quick and easy method to find and access assets, dramatically speeding up production time. Whether building a UI for a website, creating marketing materials, or designing an identity, Adobe Creative Cloud libraries are a useful tool for designers. Here we look at when and how to use Adobe CC Libraries.
Adobe CC Libraries Background
Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries help designers that work with tools such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Libraries can be created using objects from any of these apps, then shared across the other Adobe CC apps for my own use or shared with other Creative Cloud users. Here’s an example of how a UI or UX designer may use Adobe CC libraries to improve their workflow.
How to Create Adobe CC Library
To create an Adobe CC library follow these steps:
- 1. When working in an Adobe CC app such as InDesign, choose Window > CC Libraries. The CC Libraries panel appears.
- 2. From the My Library drop-down menu at the top of the CC Library panel choose +Create New Library. Name the library and press Create.
- 3. Open your document and start collecting art and styles in the CC library. The library serves as a central location. You can use CC Library elements online and offline.
- 4. To add elements to the Adobe CC library, click on the asset in your Adobe CC document. If adding an image to your Adobe CC library, click the Add Graphic button, at the bottom of the CC Libraries panel. If selecting text, choose the character style, paragraph style, or colors to be added to the CC library
The CC Library panel recognizes selected items to make it easy to add them to your own Library.
The CC Library after selecting items to be added from the sample style tile.
Once an Adobe CC Library is started, you can use it immediately in other apps that are part of your UX design workflow, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign.
How to use an Adobe CC library in Creative Cloud applications
You can use the Adobe CC library within most of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Here’s how to use an existing Adobe CC library within your Creative Cloud apps:
- 1. When working in an Adobe CC app, select Window > Libraries then choose the library you want to access from the Library drop-down menu.
- 2. The Library panel opens, you can do the following
- Drag graphics right onto my artboard
- Select colors right from the Library pane;
- Select type styles right from the Library panel
- Add additional artwork back into the Library and have it synced for easy access in other apps.
- Delete and update graphics as needed.
- Drag and drop your elements right onto your Illustrator artboard.
An Adobe CC Library is a dynamic, editable resource for organizing and locating the latest assets used in projects without needing to search across a computer or server.
Designers that typically work in Photoshop can use and edit Adobe CC libraries as well.
Accessing Adobe CC Libraries in Photoshop
To access an Adobe CC library in Photoshop:
- 1. Selecting Window > Libraries.
- 2. After the library is open, grab other assets from the library and use them directly in your document.
Type styles are not accessible within Photoshop as they were within InDesign.
Use the Adobe CC Library to access your graphics and colors in Adobe Photoshop.
Other interesting uses for Adobe CC libraries
Using an Adobe CC library also provides access to Adobe Stock imagery. You can search for the appropriate image without even leaving the Creative Cloud application you are using.
- 1. Enter the search term in the Search Adobe Stock textbox and press Return or Enter. The results are provided right in the content area of the Library panel.
- 2. Click on the Save Preview to…library cloud button to add a watermarked image to your library. You can use this image right away and if you want to keep it,the image can be purchased.
This has provided an overview of using Adobe CC libraries. You can learn more about working effectively with Creative Cloud applications in the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) training classes offered at American Graphics Institute.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.