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Creative Quick Tips

with Justin Seeley

Video: How to use Creative Cloud Libraries

- Hi there! Welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and in this installment, I'm gonna be showing you how to work with the all new Creative Cloud Libraries feature that was introduced recently to the Adobe Creative Cloud platform. Basically, what libraries are, are a method for you to store different things in. That way, you have access to them in various applications throughout the Creative Cloud. The two applications that make most of them right now are PhotoShop and Illustrator and I'm gonna show you how to exchange information between both of those applications in this movie. So, the first thing I wanna do is make sure I have the Libraries panel open.
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  2. 9m 43s
    1. How to use Creative Cloud Libraries NEW
      4m 36s
    2. How to find patterns for your web backgrounds
      1m 58s
    3. Using the width tool in Adobe Illustrator
      3m 9s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  15. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s
  16. 14m 49s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
    3. Automating your InDesign workflow
      3m 26s
    4. How to quickly generate placeholder text in InDesign
      2m 22s
  17. 11m 9s
    1. How to correctly flatten your Photoshop files
      1m 44s
    2. How to create your own document presets in Photoshop
      2m 40s
    3. Generating color schemes with ColourCode
      3m 6s
    4. Five lightweight fonts for your next web project
      3m 39s
  18. 18m 22s
    1. How to sync and share files with Adobe Creative Cloud
      3m 36s
    2. Five resources for finding 3D models
      5m 47s
    3. Creating a thumbnail sketch template in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    4. Five text editors for web designers
      4m 45s

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Join Justin Seeley, lynda.com staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.

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Design Web Design Techniques
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Justin Seeley

How to use Creative Cloud Libraries

- Hi there! Welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and in this installment, I'm gonna be showing you how to work with the all new Creative Cloud Libraries feature that was introduced recently to the Adobe Creative Cloud platform. Basically, what libraries are, are a method for you to store different things in. That way, you have access to them in various applications throughout the Creative Cloud. The two applications that make most of them right now are PhotoShop and Illustrator and I'm gonna show you how to exchange information between both of those applications in this movie. So, the first thing I wanna do is make sure I have the Libraries panel open.

You can go in Illustrator to the Window menu and choose Libraries and once that is open, you'll see something that looks like this. When you first open up the Libraries panel, you'll have something called My Library right here and you can drop that down and you can Create a New Library by clicking this icon right there. I've already created a new library called RocketBoost and I'm ready to start adding things to it. From Illustrator, you can actually start to build a library just by selecting objects on the screen. So, for instance, I can select this background image here and I can add the color to it just like so.

I could select the wing on the rocket. Add that. Select this white object here. Add that and so forth. I could also draw an object on screen like this, give it a color and then use that to add it in to the color palette as well. The only thing you can't do, in terms of colors, is select things that have gradients in them. So, for instance, if I grab the direct select tool, and I select a piece of this flame, you'll notice it's a gradient fill and I have no ability to add that down there at the bottom. I could, however, add the flames in general as a graphic.

So, if I select the flames and then click on the graphic icon, it's going to first give me a warning here if it's got a mismatched profile, which in this case, it does. I'm going to assign the current working space and hit OK and that's gonna add that piece right there and I'll just rename it Fire. Same holds true for the rocket. So, I could select all the pieces of the rocket. Let's just do this real quick. I'll lock the background there with Command and control too. I'll grab the rocket ship. So let's grab the flames alongside of it and I'll just drag that all over there. Drop it in.

And if you have trouble dropping it, that's OK. Just hit the graphic icon instead and again, I'll just hit OK to this and it should add that in there. There it is and we'll just call this Rocket. Now, when I select the text down here, I have the ability to add the text as a graphic or I could add the text as a Text Style. So, I could go ahead and do this. Let's go ahead and add Text Style right there. So, you can see Roboto Condensed, 232 points and I'll select this font as well. Add that in there. And so, there we have Santa Fe LET Plain, 144 pt. in this case.

If I wanted these together, I could select both of them and then I could add them as a graphic like this. So, I'll just call this LogoType. Something like that. So, all of this is now being synced in the background to my Creative Cloud. If I jump over here into PhotoShop and I go and create a new document, and it doesn't matter how big or how small this document is. I'll just create something and then go over to My Library's panel. You can see RocketBoost is over there. When I click on that, it's gonna automatically bring it all of that information.

So, now, you don't have to worry about placing Smart Objects or anything else inside of PhotoShop. You can just use the information from your libraries. So, here I could drag out the Rocket and it goes just like that. It is a smart object. If I double-click, it's gonna tell me that I'm gonna edit the smart object. I hit OK. It's gonna bring that over into Illustrator. I'll click through some of those dialog boxes just so you can see it. There is the Rocket ship. Navigating back over into PhotoShop now, I can drag out, there's the text that fits out there. I could also use the colors that I have in here.

So, let's say I have a shape like this. I can go here and I can add the colors to that shape. Very quick. Very easy. So, anytime you have a project that you wanna share the information between two applications or even two different computers, you should start using Creative Cloud Libraries because it makes it super easy for you to store things in the Cloud. Not only that but, when you're using the Mobile applications that are now associated with Creative Cloud, things like Adobe Brush or Adobe Shape, all of the things that you create inside of those apps are then saved to a library of your choice.

That way, you can access Brushes via your Library's panel or Shapes via your Library's panel. There are endless possibilities with these and as Adobe continues to expand library support to other applications, like let's say, InDesign or even Adobe Muse down the road, it's going to become a real workflow powerhouse. So, I highly recommend you check it out. Again, it's called Creative Cloud Libraries and it's available now via the updates from Creative Cloud.

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