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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.
- 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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