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 InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. 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.

Adobe Asset Link

What's new

Adobe Asset Link enables you to directly link to assets in AEM Assets from within your InDesign 2020 document. If the original asset is modified in AEM Assets, you can quickly refresh the link to ensure that your InDesign document includes the latest version of the asset.

If the AEM server is configured to generate FPO renditions, low-resolution renditions are placed in your InDesign document when you link to assets in AEM. FPO (for placement only) renditions are lightweight substitutes of the original assets. Currently, InDesign 2020 supports importing FPO renditions for a few image types only.

With the Adobe Asset Link panel, you can now sort assets by relevance, in addition to sorting them alphabetically, by size, and by last modified. By default, Adobe Asset Link sorts assets alphabetically. However when you search for an asset, Adobe Asset Link sorts the search results by relevance.

The Adobe Asset Link panel now includes a Gallery view that displays larger preview thumbnails for assets. Compared to the List or Grid view, the Gallery view provides a clearer snapshot of the original assets.

In summary, here are the key capabilities newly introduced in Adobe Asset Link.

  • Ability to import assets from AEM Assets by reference in InDesign documents.
  • Ability to import low-resolution renditions in InDesign documents, which can be replaced by original images later for efficient design creation.
  • Ability to sort assets by relevance.
  • Gallery view with large preview thumbnails.


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.

  • Adobe Asset Link currently does not support proxy environments (such as Kerberos).

AEM prerequisites

  • AEM Assets 6.5.2 or later
  • AEM Assets 6.4.6 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.

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. To enable InDesign to communicate with AEM Assets, add the InDesign Client ID to 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.

Features and capabilities

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).

Enabling digital agencies and freelancers

With Adobe Asset Link, brands can easily grant their agencies access to project assets by adding the agencies as a trusted domain in their environment. For step-by-step instructions, see whitelist trusted domains. If domain trusting does not comply with company policy, the company must provision a Creative Cloud for enterprise seat for the agency so it's assets belong to the company.

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