Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video CC Libraries Linked Smart Objects, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] Another advantage of using libraries to store your assets, is that you can work with Creative Cloud linked assets so that when you make an update to one, instances of that asset and other documents can be easily updated. So let's take a look at how this would work. I have my Route 66 library selected, and from the layers panel, I'll drag and drop the logo layer group into that library. Then I'll choose File and then Close in order to close the logo.
Then I'll click New in order to open up a new document. I'll click photo and just choose the default Photoshop size. Tap "f" to go to full-screen mode. Cmd + 0 to zoom in to fit on the screen. And hold down the space bar in order to reposition that in the image area. From my libraries panel, I'll click and drag the logo into the newly opened document and then holding down the "shift" key, I'll resize it holding down the space bar to temporarily access the hand tool and reposition it on the left-hand side of the open document.
I'll tap Return or Enter in order to apply that transformation and place the file. If we look at the layers panel, this logo has now been placed as a linked Creative Cloud document. So the master document is actually in the cloud. It's not the original one that I opened from Bridge. It's not the original one on disk. This document is actually looking to the cloud for this graphic. I'm going to drag and drop the logo out again. But I'll hold down the Option key when I drag it.
If we look at the layers panel, we can see that this time, the logo was not added as a Creative Cloud linked asset. We can see that holding down the Option key dragged and dropped this logo as just a regular layer group. I'm going to transform it down using cmd + t to access free transform, but I can't access any of the transformation handles right now. So I'll use the keyboard shortcut Command + 0 in order to zoom out to view the transformation handles.
I'll start dragging to transform holding down the Shift key and the Option key. And I'll leave the one on the right side a little bit bigger just so that we remember that this is the one that is not the linked Creative Cloud asset. Now let's save this document. I'll choose File, and then Save As. I'll save this as Two Logos. Save it in the same folder as either a tiff or a PSD document with layers.
I'll click Save and then close. To return to Photoshop without seeing the start screen, I'll choose Essentials form the workspace picker. I want to make an edit to the logo, so I'll double-click on it in order to open it in its own window. I'll double-click on the flame shape layer that brings up the color picker, and I'll change the flame color to a bright yellow. Click okay, and then choose File, Save, in order to save and update this Creative Cloud linked asset.
Then I'll click on the close icon in order to close this. Let's return to Bridge where we can see that neither the original logo on disk has been changed nor have the two logos in this other document. I wouldn't expect the original logo to be changed because we use that in order to create the Creative Cloud linked asset. But I would expect this to be updated. However, Photoshop is not going to update it automatically because it doesn't know if I want it updated or not.
I know it has a Creative Cloud linked asset because I can see the link icon, and sure enough, if we double-click to open this in Photoshop and we look at the layers panel, the linked asset has a warning, and if I right-click, I can choose to update the modified content. Now there is one time when there will be a different behavior where if you edit the contents of a linked Creative Cloud asset, it will automatically update in the document.
And that's if the document is open. So if I double-click on the logo in my libraries panel to open it in its own document, and we change the color of the flame again, when I choose okay, and I save this using Command + S, and then I close it using Command + W, because the Two Logos document was still open, it will automatically update it. So you can see when you work with Creative Cloud linked assets, one of the benefits is that when you update your graphics, it's easy to update that modified content in any document that uses that graphic.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images