Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Libraries panel essentials, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] If you often use the layer styles or colors, fonts or graphics, then the libraries panel can be a powerful way to store those different design elements so that you can quickly apply them across multiple documents. In this document, I want to add some text, so I'll tap the t key, then I'll set the type tool. I'll use Proxima Nova Condensed, regular, 100 point. I'll make it center aligned and then click in the color swatch and sample a color from the image. I'll click in the center of the image and type in Canyonlands.
To commit to that type, I'll click on the check icon, tap the v key to select my move tool, and then reposition it and make sure that it's centered using smart guides. I want to add a drop shadow to this, so from the effects panel, I'll select drop shadow. I'll reset it to the default and then just click and drag to reposition it in the image area. I'll also increase the opacity to make sure that we can see them. Now if I want to save these different colors and the type style, as well as the drop shadow and maybe some graphics, I need to create a new library.
I'll show my libraries panel and click and drag it out so that I can make it a little bit larger. I'll create a new library by clicking on the fly out menu and choosing create new library. I'll name it Canyonlands and then click create. On my layers panel, I'll scroll down so that I can see all four of the shape layers. I'll click on shape layer one, and then click the plus icon. I want to add the fill color, but not the foreground color in the graphic, so I'll uncheck those and click add.
I'll do the same for shape two, shape three, and shape four. In the libraries panel, you can see the color swatches for each of those four colors, and they've been named with the hex name for that color. If you want to change the name of the swatches, you need to be careful and make sure that you're not on a shape layer, because if I were to click on the gray swatch right now, it would change shape four to that color, so I'll click on group one and then double click in order to rename this to light gray.
On the layers panel, I'll scroll up to the type layer and I want to save the character styles, as well as the layer style. So the character style can save the font, the type style, the color, the size of the tracking and the letting, and the layer style will save all of the layer effects that are applied to the layer. Now it might be tempting to try to drag the type layer into the library, but that would save this as a graphic. Instead, I'll click the plus icon and make sure that character style and layer style are selected.
Then I'll add them and they appear in my libraries panel. If I do want to add a graphic, I could select the bird layer from the layers panel and drag and drop that in the libraries panel. I could also drag from the image area in order to add a graphic to the library. If I ever need to delete a graphic, I can click on that graphic and then click on the trash can or right click and choose delete. We can also save pixel based layers as graphic.
I'll select the rock layer, toggle on its visibility, and drag and drop it in my libraries panel. Technically the libraries panel can support any size graphics, including layer groups that might include multiple, high resolution smart objects, but you might be careful with really large files. If you store them in the libraries panel, they might reduce the performance a little bit. There is a limit of a thousand elements that you can store in a library, but you can create as many libraries as you want.
You can also store a brush preset, so if you've created a brush preset with any of your painting tools, you can drag that into the library and store them as well. If you ever need to rename or delete a library, you can use the fly out menu to rename or delete. You'll notice you can also share a link or collaborate. We'll talk more about sharing our libraries in a later video. For now, you can see that the libraries panel is a great location to store these commonly used assets, and it makes it very easy, for example, if I scroll down to shape three, if I want to change that color to the same gray that shape one is, all I need to do is click on that color in the libraries panel.
I'll undo that, but you can see it's like having a style sheet with all of your colors and character styles, your layer styles, and your graphics, right within Photoshop.
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