Note:

  Typekit is now called Adobe Fonts and is included with Creative Cloud and other subscriptions. Learn more.

Note:

If you uninstall the Creative Cloud Desktop app and reinstall it as part of some troubleshooting, the Libraries panel inside a Creative Cloud desktop app may stop working. To resolve the problem, see Libraries panel stopped working.

libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries makes the core design assets for your brand or personal projects available to you anywhere. Easily collect and organize images, colors, text styles, and other elements created in various Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps. Then reuse and modify these assets across projects, devices, other Creative Cloud apps, and teams - all from your CC Libraries panel.

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Overview of Creative Cloud Libraries

What you can do with Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries

Collect

Creative Cloud Libraries provides a mechanism to collect design assets from various apps, and is not limited to desktop apps only. You can capture inspiration, whenever it strikes, using the family of Creative Cloud mobile apps or even download assets from Adobe Stock.

Manage

You can organize design assets into multiple Creative Cloud Libraries. These may be based on brands, projects, types of assets, or even your personal favorites that you reuse to create your signature style.

Use in designs

Create designs and artwork by using the most up-to-date assets from Creative Cloud Libraries.

Apps supporting Creative Cloud Libraries

Mobile apps

App Support for saving assets to Libraries Support for using assets from Libraries Resource offering more information
Capture CC Vector shapes, color themes, brushes, and patterns N/A Adobe Capture CC FAQ
Comp CC N/A Adobe Comp CC FAQ
Creative Cloud mobile app N/A Creative Cloud | Common Questions
Illustrator Draw N/A Images and shapes Adobe Illustrator Draw FAQ
Illustrator Line N/A Color and graphics Adobe Illustrator Line CC FAQ
Photoshop Fix N/A Adobe Photoshop Fix FAQ
Photoshop Mix N/A Adobe Photoshop Mix FAQ
Photoshop Sketch N/A Brushes Adobe Photoshop Sketch FAQ
Premiere Clip N/A Adobe Premiere Clip FAQ

Desktop and web apps

App or service Support for saving assets to Libraries Support for using assets from Libraries Resource offering more information
Desktop apps
After Effects Creative Cloud Libraries in After Effects
Animate Creative Cloud Libraries in Animate CC
Bridge N/A Creative Cloud Libraries in Bridge CC
Dimension N/A  
Dreamweaver Creative Cloud Libraries in Dreamweaver
Illustrator Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator
InDesign Creative Cloud Libraries in InDesign
Photoshop Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop
Premiere Pro Creative Cloud Libraries in Premiere Pro
XD N/A Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe XD
Creative Cloud Market (through the Creative Cloud desktop app) N/A Creative Cloud Market
Web apps
Creative Cloud Assets View & manage (rename, delete) only Creative Cloud Assets | Store and share content

Working with Creative Cloud Libraries

Add assets to a library

Creative Cloud Libraries provides a mechanism to capture design assets from a variety of apps, and is not limited to desktop apps. You can capture inspiration, whenever it strikes, using the family of Creative Cloud mobile apps or even download assets from Adobe Stock. Easily drag and drop assets stored on your local machine or in Creative Cloud into a library in the Creative Cloud Libraries panel.

Mobile

You can add assets to your library using a growing family of Adobe mobile apps. Consult the learning resources for your mobile app to understand how.

Creative Cloud Market

Discover and add assets to Libraries from Creative Cloud Market. Use the Creative Cloud desktop app to browse and add assets from Creative Cloud Market. You can also add assets to a library using Creative mobile apps.

Desktop

Add assets to Creative Cloud Libraries on your computer using a Creative Cloud desktop app. Drag assets to the Libraries panel in the desktop app. You can also view and browse through the libraries on the Creative Cloud Assets page.

See the learning resources for your Creative Cloud desktop app for more information on using Libraries with it.

Use assets from a library in designs

Desktop

In a desktop app supporting Libraries, open the Libraries panel (Windows > Libraries) and drag objects to the canvas.

Web

Browse and manage your libraries on the Creative Cloud Assets page. See Browse, sync, and manage assets.

Mobile

Select an asset from the Library to place it in your project using mobile apps.

Organize library assets in groups

Desktop

In a desktop app supporting Libraries, you can group library assets to organize them better.

Steps to create a group and add assets to it

  1. Open the Libraries panel (Windows > Libraries).

  2. Click the Create Group icon, in the footer of the libraries pane. A new group is created. Name the group.

    Create group
  3. To add assets to the group, drag the assets into the group. Alternately, you can use the context menu of the asset and select Add To Group, and then select the group name.

    The ungrouped assets are shown in a separate section at the bottom of the library pane.

From the options menu of the library, you can Rename GroupDelete Group, or Delete Group And Contents. When you select Delete Group, the contents of the deleted group are moved to the ungrouped assets.

Rename group, delete Group, or delete group and contents

When viewing your library of groups, you can change the order of your library assets within the groups, as well as change the order of groups within the library.

Order library assets within groups

Drag and drop the library assets within the group or between groups to specify the order. By default, the assets are sorted in a chronological order - the recently added assets are listed at the top. When you change the order of assets in a group, the same order will be visible across all applications and to the collaborators of the library.

Order groups within a library

Drag and drop the groups to order groups within a library. When you change the order of group in a library, the same order will be visible across all applications and to the collaborators of the library.

Note:

You must be the owner or have edit rights to be able to order the assets and groups within a library.

Add note to an asset

Desktop

You can add a note to a library asset to provide a brief description of the asset or its usage. To add a note to an asset, right-click the asset in the Library panel, and then select Add Note. Enter the note text up to 130 characters.

Assets with note have a note icon. The note icon and the description are visible when you hover the mouse over the asset. You can also use the note content in the search field to search for related assets in the library.

You can Edit Note or Delete Note from the context menu of the asset.

Web

You can view the note added to the assets on the assets website.

Collaborate on or share links to a library

Desktop

Open the Libraries panel (Windows > Libraries) in a desktop app that supports Creative Cloud Libraries. Now, from the panel flyout menu, choose Collaborate or Share Link. Choose Collaborate to share Libraries that contain campaign or product design assets that should not be released to the public. Collaborate also gives the option for recipients to add or modify assets in a library. Choose Share Link if you do not expect the recipient to add or modify assets in the library.

  • Collaborate: While adding collaborators to a library, you can choose whether you want to give them Edit-level permissions (edit, rename, move, and delete contents) or View-level permissions (only view the contents of the library and comment on them).
  • Share Link: You can create followable libraries. Anyone who has the URL of such a library can follow it. Whenever you update the contents of the library, followers automatically get the updates across all supported Creative Cloud apps.

Web

In the Creative Cloud Assets left pane, click Libraries. Now, from the library folder menu, choose Collaborate or Send Link. Choose Collaborate to share Libraries that contain campaign or product design assets that should not be released to the public. Collaborate also gives the option for recipients to add or modify assets in a library. Choose Send Link if you do not expect the recipient to add or modify assets in the library.

  • Collaborate: While adding collaborators to a library, you can choose whether you want to give them Edit-level permissions (edit, rename, move, and delete contents) or View-level permissions (only view the contents of the library and comment on them).
  • Send Link: You can create followable libraries. Anyone who has the URL of such a library can follow it. Whenever you update the contents of the library, followers automatically get the updates across all supported Creative Cloud apps.

Mobile

Mobile apps such as Creative Cloud mobile, Capture, and others allow you to share and collaborate on Creative Cloud Libraries and specific library assets.

Export or import a library

You can export libraries and import them as new libraries, retaining linkage of elements from the original. The export and import of libraries enable you to recreate them under a different username.

Steps to export a library:

  1. In an Adobe application's Library panel, click the Options menu at the upper-right corner of the panel and then choose Export <library_name>.  

    Library options
  2. The Export Library pop-up is displayed on top of the panel. In the pop-up, click Select Folder.

  3. In the Select a Folder dialog box, browse and select the location where you want to save the library. Click Save.

  4. In the Export Library pop-up, the selected location is displayed. Click Export. A confirmation is displayed. Click OK.

Steps to import a library:

  1. In an Adobe application's Library panel, click the Options menu at the upper-right corner of the panel and then choose Import Library.

    Library options
  2. The Import Library pop-up is displayed on top of the panel. In the pop-up, click Select Folder.

  3. In the Select a Folder dialog box, browse and select the library file and then click OK.

  4. In the Import Library pop-up, the selected location is displayed. Click Import. A confirmation is displayed. Click OK.

Working with Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries

Adobe Stock is deeply integrated with Creative Cloud Libraries. You can add a watermarked preview of a stock image to any of your libraries directly using the Adobe Stock website. Then, in Creative Cloud apps that support Libraries—Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and Dimension—you can drag the watermarked stock image from the Libraries panel to your creative project. When you're satisfied that the stock image is appropriate for your project, you can choose to license the stock image directly from within the Libraries panel.

Creative Cloud apps that support library-linked assets—Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign—take this integration a notch deeper. When you license the stock image, all linked instances of the stock image in your open documents are automatically updated to the licensed, high-resolution stock image without the watermark. For more information, see Using Adobe Stock.

 

FAQ

How many items can I add to a library?

A library can contain up to 1000 assets.

Is there a limit to the number of libraries I can create?

No, there are no limits to the number of Libraries you can create. 

Are all assets stored in Libraries usable by all supported apps?

While you're working in an app, you can view and use Libraries content relevant to that particular app. For example, while you can add layer styles to a library, those styles are only relevant to Photoshop.

What type of color information is supported?

Libraries support color data for a single swatch or color themes. Libraries only support process colors. Spot colors are not supported and are added as process colors to Libraries.

Can I reuse any asset stored in Libraries across Creative Cloud desktop apps?

Most assets are reusable between the desktop apps. Photoshop layer styles are a notable exception; they are currently reusable only in Photoshop.

If you use an InDesign text style asset in Illustrator or Photoshop, those apps will attempt to map the properties of the asset with the properties for text styles available in the host app. Any properties not found in the host app are ignored.

Where are the assets stored?

Your assets are stored locally on your device and synchronized with Creative Cloud.

Can I share a library with others?

Do I need a Creative Cloud membership?

You'll need either a free or a paid Creative Cloud membership to use Creative Cloud Libraries.

Where can I learn more about Creative Cloud Libraries?

You can learn more about Libraries with these resources:

Video tutorials

Video tutorials where Creative Cloud Libraries are demonstrated in mobile apps

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