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Creative Project provides marketers and creative professionals with tools to plan, manage, and track marketing requests and related creative processes within an organization.

In particular, Creative Project streamlines the entire photo shoot workflow that includes the following tasks:

  • Generating a photo shoot request
  • Uploading a photo shoot
  • Collaborating on a photo shoot
  • Packaging approved assets


See Project User Roles for information on assigning user roles and workflows to certain types of users.

Exploring Product Photo Shoot workflows

Creative Project provides various project templates to cater to diverse project requirements. The Product Photo Shoot Project template is available out of the box. This template provides photo shoot workflows that let you initiate and manage product photo shoot requests. It also includes a series of tasks that enable you to obtain digital images for products through appropriate review and approval processes.

The template includes the following workflows:

  • Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow: This workflow leverages commerce integration with the product information management (PIM) system to automatically generate a shot list based on the selected products (hierarchy). You can view the product data as part of the asset metadata after the workflow is complete.
  • Product Photo Shoot workflow: This workflow lets the project manager provide a shot list instead of depending on Commerce Integration. It maps the uploaded images to a CSV file in the project assets folder.


The CSV file to be uploaded in the Upload Shot list task of the Product Photo Shoot workflow should have the filename shotlist.csv.

Create a Product Photo Shoot project

  1. In the Projects console, click Create and then choose Create Project from the list.

  2. In the Create Project page, select a photoshoot project template and click Next.

  3. Enter project details, including title, description, and due date. Add users and assign various roles to them.

  4. Click Create. A confirmation dialog notifies you that the project is created.

  5. Click Done to return to the Projects console. Alternatively, click Open Project to view the assets within the photoshoot project.

Starting Work in a Product Photo Shoot Project

To initiate a photo shoot request, click or tap a project and then click Add Work within the project delats page to start a workflow.


A Product Photo Shoot project contains the following out-of-the-box workflows:

  • Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) Workflow
  • Product Photo Shoot Workflow

Use the Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow to map image assets with the products listed in the Products console. This workflow leverages Commerce Integration to link the approved images to the existing product data at the location /etc/commerce.

The Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow includes the following tasks:

  • Create Shot list
  • Upload Photo Shoot
  • Retouch Photo Shoot
  • Review and Approve
  • Move to Production Task

Use the Product Photo Shoot workflow to map image assets with products based on the product details you upload in a CSV file if product information isn’t available in the system. The CSV file must contain basic product information, such as product ID, category, and description. The workflow fetches approved assets for the products.

This workflow includes the following tasks:

  • Upload Shot list
  • Upload Photo Shoot
  • Retouch Photo Shoot
  • Review and Approve
  • Move to Production Task

You can customize this workflow using the workflow configurations option.

Both workflows include steps to link products with their approved assets. Each workflow includes the following steps:

  • Workflow Configuration: Describes the options to customize the workflow
  • Starting a project workflow: Explains how to start a Product Photo Shoot
  • Workflow Tasks Details: Provides details of tasks available in the workflow

Tracking Project Progress

You can track the progress of a project by monitoring the active/completed tasks within a project.

Use the following to determine the progress of a project:

  • Task card: Depicts overall progress of the project
  • Task list: Lists workflow tasks when you click the Task card. This list displays detailed information about the project tasks.

The Task card appears on the Project Details page if the project has any related tasks. It depicts the overall progress of the project. The Task card displays the current status of the project based on existing tasks inside the workflow. It does not include future tasks.

The Task card depicts the following information:

  • Percentage of active tasks
  • Percentage of completed tasks

The Task list appears when you click the Task card. It lists out information pertaining to the tasks related to the project. The tasks in the Task list are grouped under parent workflows. In addition to the task details, the Task list also displays metadata such as due date, assignee, priority, and task status.


Workflow Configuration

This task involves assigning workflow steps to users based on their roles.

To configure the Product Photo Shoot workflow:

  1. From the rail, click Tools > Operations > Workflows, and then double-click the Product Photo Shoot workflow from the list.

  2. In the Product Photo Shoot Workflow page, double-click a project task to open the configuration window for the task. For example, double-click the Upload Shot List task to open its configuration window.

  3. Click the Task tab to configure the following:

    • Name of the task
    • Default user (role) that receives the task
    • Default priority of the task, which is displayed in the task list of the user
    • Task description to be displayed when the assignee opens the task
    • Due date for a task, which is calculated based on the time the task started
  4. Click OK to save the configuration settings.

    Similarly, you can configure the following tasks for the Product Photo Shoot workflow:

    • Upload Photo Shoot
    • Retouch Product Photo Shoot
    • Photo Shoot Review
    • Move to Production

    Follow a similar procedure to configure the tasks in the Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow.

This section describes how to integrate product information management with your creative project.

Starting a Project Workflow

  1. Navigate to a Product Photo Shoot project, and click the Add Work icon on the Workflows card.

  2. Select the Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow card to start the Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow. If the product information isn't available under /etc/commerce. Alternatively, select the Product Photo Shoot workflow and start the Product Photo Shoot workflow.

  3. Click Next to initiate the workflow in the project.

  4. Enter workflow details on the next page.


    Click Submit to start the photo shoot workflow. The project details page for the photo shoot project is displayed.


Workflow Tasks Details

The photo shoot workflow includes several tasks. Each task is assigned to a user group based on the configuration defined for the task.

Create Shot List Task

The Create Shot List task enables the project owner to select products for which images are required. Based on the option selected by the user, a CSV file is generated that contains basic product information.

  1. In the project folder, click the Tasks Card to view the list of tasks in the workflow.

  2. Click the Create Shot List task in the Task list to view task details.

  3. Click Create Shot List.

  4. From the Products console, select products for which product data exists without associated images.

  5. Click the Add icon to create a CSV file that contains a list of all such products. A dialog box appears confirming that the shot list has been created for the selected products. Click Close to complete the workflow.

  6. After you create a shot list, the View Shot List link appears. To add more products to the shot list, click Add to Shot List. In this case, the data gets appended to the initially created shot list.

  7. Click View Shot List to view the newly created shot list.


    To edit the existing data or add new data, click Edit from the toolbar. Only the Product and Description fields are editable.


    After you update the file, click Save on toolbar to save the file.

  8. After adding the products, click the Complete icon on the Create Shot List task details page to mark the task as completed. Optionally, you can add a comment.

    The completion of the task introduces the following changes within the project:

    • Assets corresponding to the product hierarchy are created in a folder with the same name as the workflow title.
    • The metadata for the assets becomes editable using the Assets console, even before the photographer provides the images.
    • A Photo Shoot folder is created that stores the images the photographer provides. The Photo Shoot folder contains subfolders for each product entry in the Shot List.

    For the Product Photo Shoot (without commerce integration) workflow, Upload Shot List is the first task. Click Upload Shot List to upload a shotlist.csv file. The CSV file should contain the product ID. The other fields are optional. You can use them to map assets to products.

Upload Shot List Task

In this task, you upload a list of products in a CSV file for which image assets are required. Use the View Shot List link under the project card to download a sample CSV file. Review the sample file to know the usual contents of a CSV file.

The product list or the CSV file can contain fields, such as Category, Product, Id, Description, and Path. The Id field is mandatory and contains the product ID. The other fields are optional.

A product can belong to a particular category. The product category can be listed in the CSV below the Category column. The Product field contains the name of the product. In the Description field, enter the product description or instructions for the photographer.



The name of images to be uploaded should start with "<ProductId>_" where Product ID is referenced from the Id field in the shotlist.csv file. For example, for a product in the shot list with Id 397122, you can upload files with names 397122_highcontrast.jpg, 397122_lowlight.png, and so on.

  1. Under the project folder, click the Task Card to view the list of tasks in the workflow. Click the Upload Shot List task in the Task list to view the task details.

  2. Click Upload Shot List to upload the CSV file with filename shotlist.csv. The workflow recognizes this file as a source to be used to extract product data for the next task.

  3. Upload a CSV file containing product information in given format. The View Uploaded Assets link appears under the card after the CSV file is uploaded.


    Click the Complete icon to complete the task.

Upload Photo Shoot Task

In this task, the user with the Editor role uploads shots for the products listed in shotlist.csv file that is created or uploaded in the previous task.

The name of images to be uploaded should begin with "<productId>_" where Product ID is referenced from the Id field in the shotlist.csv file. For example, for a product with ID 397122 in the shot list, you can upload files with names 397122_highcontrast.jpg, 397122_lowlight.png, and so on.

You can either upload the images directly or upload a ZIP file that contains the images. Based on their names, the images are placed inside respective product folders within the Photo Shoot folder.

  1. Under the project folder, click the Task Card to view the list of tasks in workflow. Click the Upload Photo Shoot task in the Task list to view task details.

  2. Click Upload Photo Shoot and upload the photo shoot images.

  3. Click the Complete icon to complete the task.

  4. To ensure that the images are extracted from the ZIP file and placed in respective product folders, click the View Uploaded Assets link after uploading the images.


    The images  that are uploaded are placed in the Product folders inside the Photo Shoot folder.


Retouch Photo Shoot Task

The Retouch Photo Shoot task lets the user in the Editor role edit the images uploaded to the Photo Shoot folder. Use Adobe Drive to connect to Adobe Experience Manager Assets and edit the images using Creative Suite products.

  1. Under the project folder, click the Task Card to view the list of tasks in workflow. Click the Retouch Photo Shoot task in the Task list.

  2. Click the View Uploaded Assets link in the Retouch Photo Shoot page to browse and retouch the uploaded images.


    Leverage Adobe drive integration within Adobe Experience Manager Assets to edit/retouch assets in Photoshop and Bridge. Use the DAM connector of Adobe Drive to mount Adobe Experience Manager Assets as a drive on your system.

    Once Adobe Experience Manager Assets is available as a drive, you can navigate to the required asset path, open the asset in a Creative Suite application, and edit it.

    To save the edited image to AEM Assets, go to Menu > File > Check In, enter versioning comments, and click OK.

Review and Approve Task

In this task, the user in the Editor role reviews the photo shoot images uploaded by a photographer and marks images as approved for use.

  1. Under the project folder, click the Task Card to view the list of tasks in workflow. Click the Review & Approve task in the Task list.

  2. In the Review & Approve page, assign the review task to role, for example Reviewers, and then click Review to start reviewing the uploaded product images.

  3. Select one or more images per product to mark as approved. 

  4. Click the approve icon to approve the images.

    Once you approve the images, an approved banner displays over them.


    You may leave out some products without any image. Later, you can revisit the task and mark it complete once done.

  5. Click Complete. The approved images are linked with the empty assets that were created.

You can navigate to project assets using the Assets console and verify the approved images.

Click the next level to view products as per your product data hierarchy.

Creative Project associates approved assets with the referenced product. The asset metadata is updated with the product reference and basic information in the Product Data tab under asset properties they appear in the AEM Asset Metadata section.


In the Product Photo Shoot workflow (without commerce integration), the approved images have no association with products.

Move to Production Task

This task moves the approved assets to the production-ready folder to make them available for use. 

  1. Under the project folder, click the Task Card to view the list of tasks in workflow. Click the Move to Production task in the Task list.

  2. To view the approved assets for the photo shoot prior to moving them to production ready folder, click the View Approved Assets link below the project thumbnail on the Move to Production task page.

  3. Enter the path of the production-ready folder in the Move To field.


    Click Move to Production. Close the confirmation message. The assets are moved to the mentioned path and a spin set is authomatically created for the approved assets for each product based on the folder hierarchy.

  4. After you move the asset, the link View Production Assets appears on the card. Click the link to go to the production folder.

    Click View Production Assets to view the production ready assets, as shown.


    Click to open folder and review the product hierarchy based on the product data.

  5. Click the Complete icon. The workflow completes as the last step is marked complete.


Viewing DAM Asset Metadata

After you approve, the assets are linked to the corresponding products. The Properties Page of the approved assets now has an additional Product Data (linked product information) tab. This tab displays the product details, SKU number, and other product-related details linking the asset. Click the Edit icon to update an asset property. The product-related information remains read-only.

Click the link that appears to navigate to the respective product detail page in the product console with which asset is associated.

Customizing the Project Photo Shoot Workflows

You can customize the Project Photo Shoot workflows based on requirements. This is an optional, role-based task that you perform to set the value of a variable within the project. Later, you can then use the configured value to arrive at a decision.

  1. Click/tap the AEM logo, and then navigate to Tools > Workflows > Models to open the Workflow Models page.

  2. Select the Product Photo Shoot (Commerce Integration) workflow or the Product Photo Shoot workflow and the click/tap Edit from the toolbar to open the workflow in edit mode.

  3. Open the Projects tasks in the side kick, and drag the Create Role Based Project Task step to the workflow.

  4. Double-click Role Based Task in the workflow to open the step and configure it.

  5. In the Task tab, provide a name for the Task that will display in the Task List. You may also assign the task to a role, set the default priority, provide a description, and specify a time when the task is due. 

  6. In the Routing tab, specify the actions for the task. To add multiple actions, click the Add Item link.

  7. After adding the options click OK to add the changes to the step.



    Clicking OK does not save the changes in the workflow. To save changes in the workflow, click Save

  8. Open the Workflow tasks from side kick, and add a Goto task. 

  9. Open the Goto task and click the Process tab.

  10. Specify the following script in the Script box:

    function check() {

        if (workflowData.getMetaDataMap().get("lastTaskAction","") == "Reject All") {

            return true


        // set copywriter user in metadata

        var previousId = workflowData.getMetaDataMap().get("lastTaskCompletedBy", "");  

        workflowData.getMetaDataMap().put("copywriter", previousId);

        return false;



    For details around scripting in workflow steps, see Defining a Rule for an OR Split

  11. Cick OK.

  12. Click Save to save the workflow.

  13. A new Project owner acceptance task now comes up after the Move to Production task is completed and is assigned to the owner. 

    The user in the Owner role can complete the task and select an action (from the list of actions added in the workflow step configurations) from the list in the comments popup.


    Select the appropriate option and click Complete to run the Goto Step in the workflow.


When you start a server, the Project task list servlet caches the mappings between task types and URLs defined under /libs/cq/core/content/projects/tasktypes. You can then perform the usual overlay and add custom task types by placing them under /apps/cq/core/content/projects/tasktypes.