Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Search for assets in a CC Library, part of Learning the Adobe Creative Cloud.
- [Instructor] As you add more and more assets into your library, the number of items can really clutter things up and make it challenging to work with the assets that you need. Fortunately, we can filter those assets to make them a bit easier to locate. Now, I've just chosen to start in Illustrator for this video, but you can really use whatever application you prefer. And what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna get out of this Start workspace. Just maybe go to the Essentials. And then I'm gonna make sure that I'm looking at my Libraries panel.
Now, one of the things that can be helpful is that, be default, all of the categories that we had, we have Colors, Color Themes, Text, Character Styles. Paragraph Styles, as well as Graphics, they're all expanded by default. And one of the probably most requested things that I get from people is is there a way to create folders within our libraries? Well, unfortunately the answer is no. We don't have that feature at this point in time.
But one thing that does help is you'll notice that by default all of these categories are expanded. So what you could do is you can click on the triangles to the left of each one of these categories, and that'll kinda help you to order these things a little bit easier. So, can keep them collapsed, and then when you know you wanna access, say, the Graphics, just open that category, and you can focus on that category. So that's one helpful thing that you can use. The other thing, though, is when you get to the top of the Libraries panel, you're gonna notice that we have a search field.
But the search field, if you look in the ghosted text here, it says Search Adobe Stock. And I really don't wanna search Adobe Stock right now. I wanna search my library. Well, all you have to do is look to the right here, and you do have a drop-down menu. And when you click on that, you have the ability to change the focus of the search to either the current library or all of your libraries. So if you're trying to find an asset and you just don't remember which library it was in, you could go ahead and choose All Libraries and search across all of them.
What we're gonna do in this case is I'm gonna choose Current Library, and that way any search that I perform here is going to only apply to my current library. So in that search field, if I type, for example, the word coral, it's gonna filter the results to only show the assets that contains the word coral. And it doesn't have to be the complete word. I mean, even if I type C-O-R, it's still gonna filter that swatch.
Now, if I type, say, T-I, it's gonna only filter to words that contain T-I in the word. So if I wanna filter a little bit more, I could type title, and then it's only gonna show me the assets that contain that word in the name. So, this really does make a good argument for as you're adding your assets to the Creative Cloud Library, make sure that you give things appropriate names, and that way you'll be able to quickly access the elements that you're looking for.
Let's do one more, I'm gonna just search for purple, and then that filters me to the GreenPurple theme that I can then work with at that point. So, remember, whatever you're trying to find, just remember that as long as you've given things an appropriate name, and in my case I think I've done a pretty good job, you'll be able to easily access those items by simply targeting the appropriate category up here in the search field.
Chad explains how to sign up for Creative Cloud and install programs and updates. He shows how to upload, download, and manage files in the cloud, and reviews the sharing and collaboration workflow. Then he demonstrates how to store and share reusable assets in CC Libraries and explores some additional, lesser-known services, such as Typekit, Adobe Stock, and Adobe Capture. Finally, Chad shows how to use the Creative Cloud and other Adobe mobile apps to take your work anywhere your creativity leads.
- Signing up for Creative Cloud
- Installing Creative Cloud on Mac and Windows
- Installing CC apps
- Working with files
- Creating and sharing CC libraries
- Identifying and saving colors, fonts, and shapes with Adobe Capture
- Creating patterns and brushes with Adobe Capture
- Using the Adobe mobile apps