In this video, learn about CC Libraries.
- [Instructor] Although you wouldn't believe it to look at me, I'm actually old enough to remember when layers were introduced into Photoshop and how much that revolutionized the working environment at the time. And then later on when Creative Suite came along and you could interoperate between Illustrator and InDesign and Photoshop, that was another big wave of innovation. And Creative Cloud Libraries are right up there with those two in my opinion. In front of you is a fairly typical color guide, and you see these things in various different formats associated with a brand.
Now this one has hexadecimal values underneath it. Some of them have CMYK and RGB values also associated with them. But all of those things are a recipe. And they rely on somebody having the basic skills to insert values into fields like this one and then successfully save a swatch. And you might be surprised at how many people actually struggle with that. Not because they're incompetent, but because they're just under so much pressure to get things done.
So one of the first things we can add to a Creative Cloud Library, which I'm just going to make a new one of now, is Colors. So to add a new library, simply go to the flyout menu next to Libraries here, or you can do it from the dropdown there as well. And I'm going to call this Landon Hotels and tap Create, and that's now ready for me to add assets. And as I do that, you'll see this small Creative Cloud icon will start to synchronize with Creative Cloud.
So I'm gonna pick up the eye dropper tool and click on this first swatch here and you can see the foreground swatch has changed to that color, and I'll click on the Plus here and choose to add the color. I could, of course, add the graphic as well, and I could work my way through doing that for all of those things until I've got all of the colors in the library. And they're being synced continually and they'll be ready wherever I need to use them, even if I'm not in a Creative Cloud product.
I might be in a browser, for example. I'm gonna swap out to a different image here so this cable car image, has a few different things on it. So it's got a neutral density layer here with a gradient on it. It's also got a layer style, that's another recipe, of course, and a couple of embedded vector graphics. So what I'm going to do with those, if I just move this across to the left slightly, is just get my Move tool here and drag an asset in like so.
And I could do exactly the same thing in Illustrator and I could do exactly the same thing in InDesign as well. So I've now got that asset if I drag in the shield there like so, so both of those things very quickly added. I'm going to go to the layer here in the Layers Panel and drag that in, because I might need a neutral density layer to apply to different things. If I turn the Effects off, I could add that as well. If I've made a mistake, I could hit this one and simply delete it from the list there, okay? But I can add the style too if I turn that back on, and click the Plus at the bottom, then I get a choice for what I want to add.
So I don't want the Foreground Color. I maybe want the Layer Effect Overlay Color and the Layer Style. If I click, then they're added. And I can add many more things as well. I can add brushes, I can add patterns and I can share all of those things as well with other members of my team or agencies that I'm collaborating with. In fact, I'll do that just now. I'll go to Collaborate just here. It takes me out to my browser where I can manage this, and I get to invite someone here, so I'll invite my friend Allonym, there we go, and just Invite, and she can edit as well.
You can change that to Can Edit or Can View, so if you've got something where you actually need to be the owner of the assets and other people can use them but not modify them, then change it to Can View and then they can save it like so, and in fact I've just changed that to make that read-only for her. So she can use everything in there, but she can't modify it. And it's always a good idea to do that, have a couple of owners for a library.
- Building templates
- Organizing your layers
- Managing presets
- Sharing assets
- Quick masking for mockups
- Making brushes
- Generating assets for web and UX
- Creating animation and video
- Saving files correctly