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Looking for information on using Creative Cloud Libraries to create and share design systems in XD? You're in the right place!
Creative Cloud Libraries help your team to centrally manage and distribute design and brand systems assets at scale.
Start by curating your sticker sheet with a set of components and styles that constitute design and brand system in an XD cloud document. When ready to share those reusable assets with your broader team, publish your sticker sheet cloud document as a library and invite your teams, with the right set of permissions.
Once your team accept the library invitations, they can reuse assets from that library and be in sync with any future library updates.
Sounds familiar? If you want to publish all assets and components to a library and invite others to consume your design systems from XD, look no further!
Be familiar with these concepts in XD:
To build and distribute a design system through libraries, start by curating your design system assets (colors, character styles, and components) in the Document Assets panel of your source cloud document.
Once you define your design system assets, publish those assets as a library linked to your source document. Share them with your team to reuse them consistently across all your XD projects and other Creative Cloud apps.
To publish a linked library, follow these steps:
The published library contains all the assets in the Document Assets panel of your source document.
You can add assets to a linked library only from its source document but can consume the assets in any Creative Cloud apps. If you choose Create new > Create empty library, you get a regular Creative Cloud library not linked to the cloud document. You can add assets to a regular Creative Cloud library from any Creative Cloud app.
If you want your library collaborators to have access to the published source cloud document, ensure to invite them to the cloud document.
If you have multiple team members responsible to maintain and update the published library, ensure to invite them to your cloud document and to the published library with Can Edit permissions.
If you have accepted the library invite, you can start using assets from the library in XD and in other Creative Cloud apps. To use assets from the library in XD, follow the steps below:
You can choose to show some libraries in the Libraries panel view and hide others:
Once you publish a library from an XD cloud document and then modify the assets in your source cloud document, XD notifies you about changes made since you last published the library in the following ways:
When you are ready to publish updates to your library, use any of these options:
What happens when you update and publish libraries? Your fellow designers using those updated linked assets in their design projects receive the following notifications:
As your document assets and libraries grow in size, you can use search and filter features.
In the Document Assets panel view, enter the search term to search for assets in your document. In the Libraries panel view, search for assets across all your active libraries.
XD provides these three filtering mechanisms to narrow down the assets that you would like to use in your project:
To experiment and change certain styles or properties for a linked asset without impacting others who are using it in their documents, you can convert your linked asset to a local asset.
Your linked library gets delinked from the source document when a coeditor lacking permissions to the library publishes another linked library from that document.
Once delinked, your library will no longer receive any updates from the source document. As a result, any consuming documents that use linked assets from your library won't receive any updates.
To check if your library is delinked from the source document, open the Libraries manager in the source document. If you get the Publish button instead of the Up to date status, it is delinked.
When you publish a linked library, ensure that you invite all your document coeditors to the library as viewers or editors.
To relink your library with the source document:
The library you chose is now relinked and in sync with the source document. As a result, all the consuming documents linked with the library start receiving any future library updates.
If you decided that you no longer need a library, you can unpublish it from the Libraries manager. To unpublish a library:
When unpublished, any linked assets that were previously taken from this library will become broken links indicated by a red badge. You can either delete those broken assets or convert them to local assets.
XD makes it easy for you and your teams to use assets created in different Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and Illustrator. Whether you created an inspirational library with a collection of graphics, or Adobe Stock images, or a library with a collection of reusable colors and character styles that are not linked to a source document, you can reuse those assets in XD.
When you drag graphics from libraries to your designs, they become linked graphics indicated by the badge. Any modifications made to that linked graphic in Photoshop or Illustrator will automatically update all linked graphic instances in your design. To unlink a linked graphic, click the link badge or use the context menu to unlink it.
To create a similar library in XD with a collection of colors, character styles, or graphics that are not linked to your document, in the Libraries manager, choose Create new > Create empty library.
Watch this video to learn how to work with libraries in XD.
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