A Creative Cloud Library is a collection of design assets. Several types of design assets can be added to a Creative Cloud Library. With Adobe Illustrator, assets can be one of these types: Colors, Color Themes, Brushes, Character Styles, Graphics, and Text.
Creative Cloud Libraries help you organize, browse, and access creative assets. For example, you may want to create a Creative Cloud Library that contains all the components most frequently used in a specific project.
- Linked assets: Edit once - update everywhere.
Always use the latest iteration or version of your asset with linked assets. No matter where your asset is used, if you edit the library copy, all your projects are updated with the edited asset. Adobe CreativeSync ensures that you get the right and updated asset – each time you reuse assets across desktop and mobile projects.
- Everywhere access. All the time.
Your libraries are available from within various Creative Cloud desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Creative Cloud Assets and Adobe mobile apps like Comp and Draw — even when you’re offline.
- Adobe Stock integration
The new Adobe Stock service provides you with access to 50 million high-quality, royalty-free images, videos, and graphics. Using the Libraries panel, navigate to, license, and use images and graphics right from within Illustrator.
Categorize components into libraries that are meaningful to your workflows and creative projects.
- The right asset. Every time.
Reuse assets across desktop and mobile projects without worrying that you’ll grab the wrong versions or that you’ll delete or overwrite by mistake.
- Easily save to Creative Cloud Libraries.
Save assets directly to your libraries from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and Adobe mobile apps and services like Shape, Brush, Color, Comp and Hue. Assets are automatically converted to the right formats for use in your desktop or mobile apps.
In Illustrator CC 2014 and earlier, every graphic asset, once dragged from the Libraries panel into an Illustrator document, was no longer linked in any way to the original asset. Consequently, modifying the original asset in a library had no effect on the copy used in the document. Illustrator assets dragged from a library were 'unlinked assets'.
However, from Illustrator CC 2015 onwards, with the linked assets feature, an asset dragged from a library to a document is a 'linked asset'. This is the default behavior. Each modification made to the asset in the Library affects all its linked copies used in Illustrator document(s).
To bring graphics from library as an unlinked asset, press Alt/Option while dragging it from the Libraries panel.
All assets that were used in Illustrator CC 2014 are unlinked assets. To use the linked assets feature, drag the asset again from the Libraries panel in Illustrator CC 2015.
Creative Cloud Libraries are displayed in the Libraries panel in Illustrator. If you create libraries on different computers while using the same Adobe ID, the assets and libraries are all visible in the Libraries panel across computers.
To open the Creative Cloud Library panel (Libraries panel), click Window > Libraries. Use the Libraries panel to:
- Create, view, rename, remove, and use a Creative Cloud Library
- Add, remove, edit, and rename assets in a Creative Cloud Library
- Sort and view assets in a Creative Cloud Library
A. Creative Cloud Library drop-down menu B. Show items as icons C. Show items in a list D. Stock search drop-down E. Assets F. Add Content icon G. Progress/Sync icon H. Delete icon
Do one of the following:
- Click Window > Libraries.
- In the Brushes panel (F5), click the Libraries panel icon ().
You can share your libraries with other users for them to view, edit, use, rename, move, or delete the contents of the shared library. If another Creative Cloud subscriber has shared a library with you, you can further share it with other Creative Cloud users.
In the browser page that opens up, provide an email address, and specify what kind of access you would like to provide:
- Can Edit: The invited user can access the assets and modify them.
- Can View: The invited user can only use the assets from the Library. No editing is possible. This is read-only access.
Hover the mouse pointer on an available color asset to view the name and hexadecimal code of the color.
Select an object in the active Illustrator document, and then do one of the following:
- Click a color in a library in the Libraries panel (the color is applied to the active proxy [fill or stroke].
- To apply a color fill, right-click the color and choose Set Color.
- Use the proxy to determine what the color is applied to - the object's fill or stroke properties.
In the Libraries panel, do one of the following:
- Select a color and then click the delete icon.
- Right-click a color and then choose Delete.
When you add a Character Style to your Creative Cloud Library, more than 50 attributes of a piece of text are stored.
All the attributes available in the Character Style Options dialog (Window > Type > Character Styles > double-click a character style) are copied as part of the Character Style.
If a Character Style does not have the font associated with it on the local computer, a warning icon is displayed at the bottom right corner of the Character Style thumbnail.
In the Libraries panel, do one of the following:
- Select a Character Style and then click the delete icon.
- Right-click a Character Style and then choose Delete.
You can also use a Character Style in the document (Use in Document option), so the copy and the Character style are placed into the active document.
You can store objects and assets from your document in the Creative Cloud Library. The assets you store as a Graphic in a Creative Cloud Library retain their vector form. When you reuse a Graphic from a Creative Cloud Library in another Illustrator document, it is in vector form.
With an active Illustrator document open, do one of the following:
- Drag and drop the art into the Libraries panel.
- Select the art and click the Add Content () icon in the Libraries panel. Then, choose Graphic from the drop-down menu.
From the results displayed, select an image. You can also choose to either buy the photo or save a preview of the photo to your current library. If you place the pointer on selected image, the License and Save to downloads and Save Preview to Downloads icons are displayed. If you select the license option, the following pop-up appears for confirmation.
For more information on working with Adobe Stock images with your libraries, see Using Adobe Stock.
Do one of the following:
- Right-click a graphic in the Libraries panel, and choose the Place Copy option from the context menu.
- Right-click a graphic in the Libraries panel, and choose the Place Linked option from the context menu.
- In an active Illustrator document, drag an asset from the Libraries panel and place it on the artboard using the Placegun tool. You can load multiple items in the Placegun tool and add them to the layout.
Save the document.
The graphic is updated in the Creative Cloud Library, and the thumbnail is automatically refreshed. Also, if the asset was created in Illustrator CC 2015 or later, it is a Linked Asset, and Adobe CreativeSync ensures that it is updated across all locations where it is used.
You can add text objects from your document to Creative Cloud libraries and then share them with other users and across applications. Text assets in a library retain the character/paragraph styles and other attributes originally applied to them. You can reuse text assets in libraries across Illustrator or InDesign documents.
If a text objects has effects and appearances applied to it, you must add it to the library as a graphics asset to preserve them.
In an active Illustrator document, do one of the following:
- Select a range of text or a text frame and click the Add Content () icon in the Libraries panel. Then, choose Text from the drop-down menu.
- Select a range of text or a text frame. Right-click the text and choose Add To Library from the context menu.
- Drag and drop the text object into the Libraries panel. By default, the asset is added as a text asset to the Creative Cloud library.
- To add the text object as a graphics asset, press Control (Windows)/ Command (Mac) key while dragging the selection to the Libraries panel.
Do one of the following:
- Right-click a text asset in the Libraries panel. Now, choose Place Copy from the context menu.
- To place text in your document without any styles applied to it, right-click the text asset in the Libraries panel. Now, choose Place Without Styles from the context menu.
- Position the insertion point in the text. Then, in the Libraries panel, right-click the text asset and choose Place Inline from the context menu.
- Drag one or more text assets from the Libraries panel and place it in your document using the Placegun tool. Then, do one of the following:
- Click a text object to add the text asset to it.
- Click anywhere within the canvas to place the text asset in a separate text frame.
By default, Illustrator brings the text asset into the document with its character/paragraph styles and attributes preserved intact. If you want to use the text asset in your document as plain text without any of these associated styles, right-click the text asset in the Libraries panel and choose Place Without Styles from the context menu.
Text assets added to libraries are also available from within the Libraries panel in InDesign. You can edit and use text assets across these two applications. In the Libraries panel List view, the icon to the right of the text asset in the Libraries panel indicates the application in which it was created.
For more information, see Rendition of shared text assets in Illustrator and InDesign.
In the Libraries panel, follow these steps:
- Right-click the text asset and then choose Edit.
- Edit the component when it opens up in an Illustrator document.
- Save the document.
Alternatively, you can double-click the text asset to edit it in the application in which it was created.
The text asset is updated in the Creative Cloud Library and the thumbnail is automatically refreshed. Also, the asset is updated across all locations where it is in use.
In the Libraries panel, do the following:
- Right-click the text asset and choose Rename.
- Type a new name for the image and press Enter.
The visual search functionality in the Libraries panel lets you quickly find stock images similar to a library element. Follow these steps: