Adobe Asset Link streamlines collaboration between creatives and marketers in the content creation process. It connects Adobe Experience Manager Assets (AEM Assets) with Creative Cloud desktop apps Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The Adobe Asset Link panel allows creatives to access and modify content stored in AEM Assets without leaving the creative apps they are most familiar with. Key capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Searching across AEM Assets and Creative Cloud Assets

  • Checking out/in content stored in AEM Assets to prevent duplicate work by team members and to maintain a single source of truth

  • Keeping work-in-progress assets and final production assets in separate locations

  • Enabling new assets to be uploaded to AEM Assets

  • Easily access through Single Sign On (SSO) with Creative Cloud account credentials

Adobe Asset Link


Ensure that you meet the following Adobe Asset Link requirements:

Creative Cloud prerequisites

  • One or more valid Creative Cloud for enterprise subscriptions (Creative Cloud for enterprise All Apps plan or Single App plans) for Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.

  • Proxy environments (for example Kerberos) are not currently supported

AEM prerequisites

  • AEM Assets 6.5.0 or later
  • AEM Assets 6.4.4 or later
  • AEM Assets license (includes customers with Assets add-on), with Adobe Managed Services or on-premise deployments


AEM Assets 6.4.0-6.4.3 require installation of an extra Feature Pack on AEM. For more information, see Configuring AEM Assets for Adobe Asset Link.

AEM 6.3 requires extra modules to be installed. However, the AEM 6.3 maintenance roadmap does not provide more Feature Packs for this version. Adobe strongly recommends an upgrade to a newer AEM version. For more information about Adobe Asset Link and AEM 6.3 deployments, contact Enterprise Support for AEM and review Configuring AEM Assets 6.3 for Adobe Asset Link.

Setting up Adobe Asset Link for your creative users is easy. Perform these steps.

1. Create user group


Create a unique group with the applicable creative users in the Adobe Admin Console. The users added to the group must have Enterprise IDs or Federated IDs. Learn More. You require administrative rights to create user groups.

2. Configure AEM Assets


To enable users to access digital assets stored in AEM Assets within their Creative Cloud applications, configure and fine-tune your AEM Assets instance. Learn More.


Obtain the Adobe Asset Link Extension using the Packages workflow within the Adobe Admin Console. In addition, obtain the settings file from here. Next, configure the settings JSON file, and add it to the devices of your creative users in the specified location. Then, install the extension Learn More.

You’re ready to use Adobe Asset Link with Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. To open the panel, go to Windows > Extensions > Adobe Asset Link.

Use Adobe Asset Link to work with and modify assets stored within your organization's digital asset management system–AEM Assets.

To learn how creatives can use Adobe Asset Link, see Manage assets using the Adobe Asset Link panel.

To know about the features and capabilities of Adobe Asset Link, see this videoUsing Adobe Asset Link with AEM Assets (8 min).

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