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- Hi there, Justin Seeley here. I wanna welcome you back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. This week, I'm gonna be talking about a very exciting new workflow that's been introduced to the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you're an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you probably heard about CC Libraries. But, if you've recently updated to Adobe CC 2015, you may be interested to know that you now have linked assets inside of your CC libraries. But, what exactly does that mean? Well, let me show you. Over here inside of my CC Libraries' panel. By the way I'm inside of InDesign CC 2015.
You'll see that I have a library here that is populated with a lot of different things. Out to the right of each one of these objects, it tells me where they came from. So PS of Photoshop, AI for Illustrator, etc. If I wanted to place one of these into my document, all I have to do is right-click and choose Place Linked. This is a new option that is available to you in InDesign. Now, if I click somewhere on this page, it adds a cloud-based copy of that particular image. You can see right here the lower cloud in the top left-hand corner indicating that this is indeed a could-based asset.
So now, what happens if I were to go somewhere and update this? Well, lets jump over into Photoshop. In Photoshop I have access to the exact same Libraries' panel which you can get to by going to the Window menu and choosing Libraries. Then I open up the same Library, locate that asset that I was working with in InDesign, and in this case just right-click on it and choose Edit. That's gonna open it up right inside of Photoshop for me, and allow me to make changes. So lets say the client comes back to me and says "we'd really like to see the photo in black and white". Well, traditionally if I wanted to do that, what I would have to do is save a copy of this, which would be local on my hard drive.
And then I would go into InDesign, update the asset. But, if I were to move computers or send the file to the client like it could get messed up, in this case it's all synced in one ecosystem. All I have to do is add the black and white adjustment layer to this, so we'll just do that. Just like so. And lets add a little bit of Contrast in there. And we'll just save it using Command or Control S. Notice up here the file name is sort of a temporary file name. That indicates that you are indeed that you're working with a cloud-based asset. Once I have done that, you'll see this little spinning thing right here is spinning and syncing everything over.
Once you see the little cloud sort of jump a little bit, that means that all Libraries are up to date. So now, jump back over into InDesign. That asset is going to not look any different at first. But you'll see in the Libraries panel that it indeed appears black and white. So how do we update it? Just like we do any other asset in InDesign. We go to the Links panel. And in the Links panel we just select the link we wanna update, and then update it using the Sync button at the bottom. And then any time I make a change to that doesn't matter where I am, I could be signed in to someone else's computer using my Creative Cloud ID working on these assets, and then when I get back to my home machine, there they are.
You can make changes to any of these objects that you want from any of their native applications and then anywhere that you've used those assets from the Creative Cloud, they're gonna be updated the next time you open up the document and sync all of the links in the document. It's a very powerful workflow that is really showcasing the cohesiveness that has become the Creative Cloud ecosystem.
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