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Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop

  1. Photoshop User Guide
  2. Introduction to Photoshop
    1. Dream it. Make it.
    2. What's new in Photoshop
    3. Edit your first photo
    4. Create documents
    5. Photoshop | Common Questions
    6. Photoshop system requirements
    7. Migrate presets, actions, and settings
    8. Get to know Photoshop
  3. Photoshop and other Adobe products and services
    1. Work with Illustrator artwork in Photoshop
    2. Work with Photoshop files in InDesign
    3. Substance 3D Materials for Photoshop
    4. Photoshop and Adobe Stock
    5. Use the Capture in-app extension in Photoshop
    6. Creative Cloud Libraries
    7. Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop
    8. Use the Touch Bar with Photoshop
    9. Grid and guides
    10. Creating actions
    11. Undo and history
  4. Photoshop on the iPad
    1. Photoshop on the iPad | Common questions
    2. Get to know the workspace
    3. System requirements | Photoshop on the iPad
    4. Create, open, and export documents
    5. Add photos
    6. Work with layers
    7. Draw and paint with brushes
    8. Make selections and add masks
    9. Retouch your composites
    10. Work with adjustment layers
    11. Adjust the tonality of your composite with Curves
    12. Apply transform operations
    13. Crop and rotate your composites
    14. Rotate, pan, zoom, and reset the canvas
    15. Work with Type layers
    16. Work with Photoshop and Lightroom
    17. Get missing fonts in Photoshop on the iPad
    18. Japanese Text in Photoshop on the iPad
    19. Manage app settings
    20. Touch shortcuts and gestures
    21. Keyboard shortcuts
    22. Edit your image size
    23. Livestream as you create in Photoshop on the iPad
    24. Correct imperfections with the Healing Brush
    25. Create brushes in Capture and use them in Photoshop
    26. Work with Camera Raw files
    27. Create and work with Smart Objects
    28. Adjust exposure in your images with Dodge and Burn
  5. Photoshop on the web beta
    1. Common questions | Photoshop on the web beta 
    2. Introduction to the workspace
    3. System requirements | Photoshop on the web beta
    4. Keyboard shortcuts | Photoshop on the web beta
    5. Supported file types | Photoshop on the web beta
    6. Open and work with cloud documents
    7. Apply limited edits to your cloud documents
    8. Collaborate with stakeholders
  6. Generative AI 
    1. Experience the future of Photoshop with Generative Fill
  7. Cloud documents
    1. Photoshop cloud documents | Common questions
    2. Photoshop cloud documents | Workflow questions
    3. Manage and work with cloud documents in Photoshop
    4. Upgrade cloud storage for Photoshop
    5. Unable to create or save a cloud document
    6. Solve Photoshop cloud document errors
    7. Collect cloud document sync logs
    8. Share access and edit your cloud documents
    9. Share files and comment in-app
  8. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics
    2. Preferences
    3. Learn faster with the Photoshop Discover Panel
    4. Create documents
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    8. Tool galleries
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    15. Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces
    16. Technology previews
    17. Metadata and notes
    18. Touch capabilities and customizable workspaces
    19. Place Photoshop images in other applications
    20. Rulers
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    22. Specify columns for an image
    23. Undo and history
    24. Panels and menus
    25. Position elements with snapping
    26. Position with the Ruler tool
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    8. Work with web graphics
    9. Create web photo galleries
  10. Image and color basics
    1. How to resize images
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    20. About color
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    22. Choose colors in the Color and Swatches panels
    23. Sample
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    25. Color cast
    26. Add a conditional mode change to an action
    27. Add swatches from HTML CSS and SVG
    28. Bit depth and preferences
  11. Layers
    1. Layer basics
    2. Nondestructive editing
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    8. Apply Smart Filters
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    11. Mask layers with vector masks
    12. Manage layers and groups
    13. Layer effects and styles
    14. Edit layer masks
    15. Extract assets
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    17. Generate image assets from layers
    18. Work with Smart Objects
    19. Blending modes
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    22. Align and distribute layers
    23. Copy CSS from layers
    24. Load selections from a layer or layer mask's boundaries
    25. Knockout to reveal content from other layers
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    1. Get started with selections
    2. Make selections in your composite
    3. Select and Mask workspace
    4. Select with the marquee tools
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    11. Channel basics
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    15. Channel calculations
  13. Image adjustments
    1. Replace object colors
    2. Perspective warp
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    4. Healing brush examples
    5. Export color lookup tables
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    19. Match colors in your image
    20. Crop and straighten photos
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    22. Adjustment and fill layers
    23. Curves adjustment
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    25. Target images for press
    26. Adjust color and tone with Levels and Curves eyedroppers
    27. Adjust HDR exposure and toning
    28. Dodge or burn image areas
    29. Make selective color adjustments
  14. Adobe Camera Raw
    1. Camera Raw system requirements
    2. What's new in Camera Raw
    3. Introduction to Camera Raw
    4. Create panoramas
    5. Supported lenses
    6. Vignette, grain, and dehaze effects in Camera Raw
    7. Default keyboard shortcuts
    8. Automatic perspective correction in Camera Raw
    9. Radial Filter in Camera Raw
    10. Manage Camera Raw settings
    11. Open, process, and save images in Camera Raw
    12. Repair images with the Enhanced Spot Removal tool in Camera Raw
    13. Rotate, crop, and adjust images
    14. Adjust color rendering in Camera Raw
    15. Process versions in Camera Raw
    16. Make local adjustments in Camera Raw
  15. Image repair and restoration
    1. Remove objects from your photos with Content-Aware Fill
    2. Content-Aware Patch and Move
    3. Retouch and repair photos
    4. Correct image distortion and noise
    5. Basic troubleshooting steps to fix most issues
  16. Image enhancement and transformation
    1. Replace sky in your images
    2. Transform objects
    3. Adjust crop, rotation, and canvas size
    4. How to crop and straighten photos
    5. Create and edit panoramic images
    6. Warp images, shapes, and paths
    7. Vanishing Point
    8. Content-aware scaling
    9. Transform images, shapes, and paths
  17. Drawing and painting
    1. Paint symmetrical patterns
    2. Draw rectangles and modify stroke options
    3. About drawing
    4. Draw and edit shapes
    5. Painting tools
    6. Create and modify brushes
    7. Blending modes
    8. Add color to paths
    9. Edit paths
    10. Paint with the Mixer Brush
    11. Brush presets
    12. Gradients
    13. Gradient interpolation
    14. Fill and stroke selections, layers, and paths
    15. Draw with the Pen tools
    16. Create patterns
    17. Generate a pattern using the Pattern Maker
    18. Manage paths
    19. Manage pattern libraries and presets
    20. Draw or paint with a graphics tablet
    21. Create textured brushes
    22. Add dynamic elements to brushes
    23. Gradient
    24. Paint stylized strokes with the Art History Brush
    25. Paint with a pattern
    26. Sync presets on multiple devices
  18. Text
    1. Add and edit the text
    2. Unified Text Engine
    3. Work with OpenType SVG fonts
    4. Format characters
    5. Format paragraphs
    6. How to create type effects
    7. Edit text
    8. Line and character spacing
    9. Arabic and Hebrew type
    10. Fonts
    11. Troubleshoot fonts
    12. Asian type
    13. Create type
  19. Filters and effects
    1. Use the Liquify filter
    2. Use the Blur Gallery
    3. Filter basics
    4. Filter effects reference
    5. Add Lighting Effects
    6. Use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
    7. Use the Oil Paint filter
    8. Use the Liquify filter
    9. Layer effects and styles
    10. Apply specific filters
    11. Smudge image areas
  20. Saving and exporting
    1. Save your files in Photoshop
    2. Export your files in Photoshop
    3. Supported file formats
    4. Save files in graphics formats
    5. Move designs between Photoshop and Illustrator
    6. Save and export video and animations
    7. Save PDF files
    8. Digimarc copyright protection
  21. Color Management
    1. Understanding color management
    2. Keeping colors consistent
    3. Color settings
    4. Duotones
    5. Work with color profiles
    6. Color-managing documents for online viewing
    7. Color-managing documents when printing
    8. Color-managing imported images
    9. Proofing colors
  22. Web, screen, and app design
    1. Photoshop for design
    2. Artboards
    3. Device Preview
    4. Copy CSS from layers
    5. Slice web pages
    6. HTML options for slices
    7. Modify slice layout
    8. Work with web graphics
    9. Create web photo galleries
  23. Video and animation
    1. Video editing in Photoshop
    2. Edit video and animation layers
    3. Video and animation overview
    4. Preview video and animations
    5. Paint frames in video layers
    6. Import video files and image sequences
    7. Create frame animations
    8. Creative Cloud 3D Animation (Preview)
    9. Create timeline animations
    10. Create images for video
  24. Printing
    1. Print 3D objects
    2. Print from Photoshop
    3. Print with color management
    4. Contact Sheets and PDF Presentations
    5. Print photos in a picture package layout
    6. Print spot colors
    7. Print images to a commercial printing press
    8. Improve color prints from Photoshop
    9. Troubleshoot printing problems | Photoshop
  25. Automation
    1. Creating actions
    2. Create data-driven graphics
    3. Scripting
    4. Process a batch of files
    5. Play and manage actions
    6. Add conditional actions
    7. About actions and the Actions panel
    8. Record tools in actions
    9. Add a conditional mode change to an action
    10. Photoshop UI toolkit for plug-ins and scripts
  26. Content authenticity
    1. Learn about content credentials
    2. Identity and provenance for NFTs
    3. Connect accounts for creative attribution
  27. Photoshop 3D
    1. Photoshop 3D | Common questions around discontinued 3D features


Creative Cloud Libraries is a web service that allows you to access your assets across various Adobe desktop and mobile applications. You can add gradients, graphics, colors, text styles, brushes, and layer styles to libraries in Photoshop and then easily access those elements in several Creative Cloud apps.  

A first look at Creative Cloud Libraries

Photoshop Libraries panel

A. Libraries list | B. Search C. Assets | D. Library from Document E. Add graphics | F. Add character style | G. Add layer style | H. Add foreground color | I. Libraries sync status | J. Delete | K. Show items in a list | L. Libraries options | M. Show items as icons 

Create a library

  1. In Photoshop, select Window > Libraries.  
  2. In the Libraries panel, select Create New Library from the pop-up menu.
Photoshop Create New Library
Create a library

  1. In the dialog box that appears, enter a name for the new library and click Create.

The new library is now available in the Libraries panel.

Create new library from a document

When you open a document containing assets that can be automatically added to a library, Photoshop prompts you to create a new library. There are four types of assets that can be automatically added to a library from a document:

  • Gradients
  • Character styles
  • Colors
  • Layer styles
  • Smart objects

Based on the contents of the document, Photoshop shows you the count for each type of asset.

Photoshop Create new library from document
Create new library from a document

You can also create a new library from a document in one of the following ways:

  • From the Libraries panel options, select Create New Library From Document
Photoshop Create New Library from Document menu

  • Click the Library from Document () icon at the bottom of the Libraries panel.
  • Click Library from Document in the Libraries panel. This option is available only if your current library is empty. 
Photoshop Create new library from document in the Libraries panel

Linked and unlinked assets

You can use assets in libraries as linked assets or unlinked assets in your Photoshop documents. Library-linked assets are instances that stay associated with the original asset in the library. When the original asset in the library is updated, its instances in your Photoshop documents are automatically updated. Any effects that you applied to the instances are retained as well. Library-linked assets are similar in their behavior to Linked Smart Objects.

Unlinked assets, on the other hand, are embedded in your Photoshop documents and are decoupled from the original asset in the library. Unlinked assets are not updated automatically when the original asset changes.

Use library-linked assets in your Photoshop document

  • In the Libraries panel, right-click an asset in a library and select Place Linked from the context menu.

Photoshop places the asset in your Photoshop document as a new layer. The layer thumbnail displays a cloud icon () indicating that the layer is linked to a library asset.

Library linked assets in Photoshop document
A layer containing a library-linked asset

File sync

Creative sync makes your libraries accessible across multiple applications, devices, and the web automatically. For cross-device syncing to work, file sync must be enabled in Creative Cloud desktop app. You can check the status of library syncing by the Creative Cloud icon in the Libraries panel.

Photoshop Library sync status icon
Library sync status

A. Sync enabled B. Sync disabled 

On your local desktop machine all apps share a single local cache for your libraries data. This enables optimal use of disk space and network bandwidth as well as near-instant propagation of libraries changes between local apps, even when you are not connected to the network.

Turn on file sync

Depending on your version of Creative Cloud desktop app, do one of the following:

1. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app. (Select the   icon in your Windows taskbar or the macOS menu bar.)

2. Select the Cloud activity icon  in the upper right. Your file sync status is displayed.

Select the Cloud activity icon

3. If syncing is paused, select the resume button to enable it.

Enable syncing

1. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app. (Select the   icon in your Windows taskbar or the macOS menu bar.)

2. Select the three verticle dots in the upper right, and then select Preferences.

Click Preferences

3. Go to Creative Cloud > Files. Then select Creative Cloud Sync.

Sync Creative Cloud files and libraries to Creative Cloud

When you turn on file sync, libraries start syncing. Your libraries are kept up to date across devices. File syncing may take some time, depending on the volume of content in your libraries.

Add assets to the library

Open the file containing your assets. You can add graphics, colors, text styles, and layer styles to the library. 

To learn how to create patterns, shapes, colors themes, and gradients from an image and save them to Libraries, see Use the Capture in-app extension in Photoshop.

Add graphics

  1. Select the appropriate layers or layer groups containing the graphic asset in the Layers panel.
  2. Select the Move tool..
  3. Drag and drop the layers or layer groups into the Libraries panel.

The graphic asset is now available in the library.

Photoshop Graphic assets added to library
Graphic assets added to a library.

Add layer styles, character styles, and colors

  1. In the Layers panel, select the appropriate layer containing the asset.
  2. Click an icon in the Libraries panel.
Photoshop Libraries panel icons
Add layer styles, character styles, or colors

A. Add Character Style | B. Add Layer Style | C. Add Color 

The assets are now available in the library.


Layer Styles apply only to Photoshop layers. Although you can add these styles to a library, you cannot use them in other Creative Cloud desktop applications that support Creative Cloud Libraries.

You can also drag brush presets from Brush Presets panel, layers from Layers panel, colors from Swatches panel, and layers styles from Styles panel and drop them in the Libraries panel.

Add assets from Adobe Stock

Photoshop Workflow for adding assets from Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is deeply integrated with Creative Cloud Libraries. You can add a watermarked stock image to any of your libraries directly using the Adobe Stock website. You can then use the watermarked image in your Photoshop documents as a library-linked asset.

When you choose to license the image—which you can do directly from within the Libraries panel in Photoshop—all instances of the watermarked asset in your open documents are updated to the high-resolution licensed image.

For more information, see these resources:

Add assets from other Adobe applications

You can add assets from other Adobe applications, such as Adobe Illustrator, and mobile applications, such as Adobe Brush. Creative Cloud keeps all the assets in sync and you can use these assets in Photoshop.

For more information, see Apps supporting Creative Cloud Libraries.

Library search

Adobe Stock search from Libraries panel

The search box in the Libraries panel enables you to search for the right asset, quickly and efficiently. You can modify your search based on the following available options:

Adobe Stock

Search for the assets in Adobe Stock from directly within the Libraries panel.

Current Library

Perform a search for your asset within your current library.

All Libraries

Perform a search for your asset across all your libraries.

The visual search functionality in the Libraries panel lets you quickly find stock images similar to a library element. Follow these steps:

  • In the Libraries panel, right-click an element and then select Find Similar from the context menu.

Photoshop displays the search results right within the Libraries panel.

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