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.
- In Photoshop, select Window > Libraries.
- In the Libraries panel, select Create New Library from the pop-up menu.
- 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.
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:
- Character styles
- Layer styles
- Smart objects
Based on the contents of the document, Photoshop shows you the count for each type of asset.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
1. Open the Creative Cloud desktop app. (Select the icon in your Windows taskbar or the macOS menu bar.)
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.
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.
- Select the appropriate layers or layer groups containing the graphic asset in the Layers panel.
- Select the Move tool..
- Drag and drop the layers or layer groups into the Libraries panel.
The graphic asset is now available in the library.
- In the Layers panel, select the appropriate layer containing the asset.
- Click an icon in the Libraries panel.
A. Add Character Style | B. Add Layer Style | C. Add Color
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.
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:
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.
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:
The visual search functionality in the Libraries panel lets you quickly find stock images similar to a library element. Follow these steps: