A Creative Cloud Library is a collection of design assets. Several types of design assets can be added to a Creative Cloud Library. The CC Libraries in InDesign support the following assets: Colors, Color Themes, Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Graphics
Brush Styles and Layer Styles assets are not supported in InDesign.
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.
- Aggregate. Collect components from various documents and projects.
- Organize. Categorize components into libraries that are meaningful to your workflows and projects.
- Collaborate. Share assets and components from your libraries with other users. Allow others to work with items in your shared libraries, or share them with more users.
- Manage / View / Access. Use your components across computers and tools. For example, between InDesign and Photoshop or Illustrator.
- Reuse. Use your components multiple times, wherever and whenever you want.
A. Creative Cloud Library drop-down B. Show items as icons C. Show items in a list D. Add Assets E. Progress/Sync status F. Delete Asset G. Assets
Creative Cloud Libraries are displayed in the CC Libraries panel in InDesign. If you create libraries on different computers while using the same Adobe ID, the assets and libraries are all visible in the CC Libraries panel across computers.
Use the CC 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
You can migrate the assets from InDesign object libraries to new or existing Create Cloud Libraries. For details, see Migrating object library assets to CC Libraries.
Hover the pointer on an available color asset to view the name and hexadecimal code of the color.
If you have chosen to add the swatches in a group, the Add selected swatch to my selected CC Library button is enabled only if the group contains at least one of the supported swatches:
- Process (CMYK, RGB, Lab)
- Spot (CMYK, RGB, Lab)
- PANTONE, ANPA, etc.
The swatches are added to the Colors category in the CC Libraries panel.
If you have selected a group, then all the supported swatches in the group are added to the current library.
Generate a color theme from an image on the current document using the Color Theme tool.
For details on generating color themes from images on InDesign documents, see Generate color themes using the Color Theme tool.
Use the proxy to determine what the color is applied to - the fill or stroke properties of an object or text.
You can add InDesign paragraph or character styles to your CC Libraries and then share these across documents, devices, or users. You can add paragraph or character styles from text in a document, from the Paragraph or Character panels, or from the New Character Style or New Paragraph Style dialog boxes.
Text Styles have been renamed and the assets that were categorized under the Text Styles are available under the Character Styles category.
The paragraph or character style is added to the Paragraph Styles or Character Styles category, respectively in the CC Libraries panel.
The selected paragraph or character styles are added to the Character Styles or Paragraph Styles category in the CC Libraries panel.
If you have selected a group, then all the paragraph or character styles are added to the current library.
The newly created paragraph or character style is added to the Paragraph Styles or Character Styles category, respectively in the CC Libraries panel.
The Character Styles and Paragraph styles that are applied from the CC Libraries panel will be added as styles to the respective panels in InDesign.
In addition, all styles hierarchies will be maintained. For example, say Paragraph Style 2 was based on Paragraph Style 1 and that had a nested Character Style 1. In this case, both Paragraph Style 1 and Character Style 1 will be added to their respective panels. And Paragraph Style 2 will be added to the Paragraph Styles panel.
If a character or paragraph style does not have the font associated with it on the local computer, a warning icon is displayed at the lower right corner of the style thumbnail in the CC Libraries panel.
You can also add graphics from Adobe Stock to your InDesign CC Library. For details, see Using Adobe Stock in InDesign.
If you drag-and-drop a graphic, by default, it is placed as a linked graphic. To place it as an embedded graphic, use the Alt+drag-and-drop combination.
To place one or more graphics on a document, right-click the graphics in the CC Libraries panel and choose:
Place an InDesign asset as a snippet or to embed a graphic from another Creative Cloud application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator).
Place a graphic from another Creative Cloud application (such as PhotoShop or Illustrator) as a library linked graphic.
You cannot place an InDesign asset as a linked graphic on a document so the Place Linked option is not available if you right-click an InDesign asset.
If you place a linked graphic on a document, the graphic appears in the InDesign Links panel.
The icon to the right of each graphic in the Links panel indicates if the graphic is linked or embedded .
To locate a linked graphic in the CC Libraries panel, right-click the graphic and select Reveal in CC Libraries.
Or select the graphic and choose Reveal in CC Libraries from the Links panel flyout menu.
Graphics placed on InDesign documents can be relinked to graphics in a CC Library. The placed graphics can also be relinked to a graphic file on the local computer.
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 InDesign or Illustrator 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 InDesign document, do one of the following:
- Select a text object, click in the CC Libraries panel, select Text from the menu, and click Add.
- Drag the text object into the CC 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 CC Libraries panel.
- Select some text inside the text frame, click in the CC Libraries panel, select Text from the menu, and click Add. This adds only the selected text.
- Place the insertion pointer inside any text frame, click in the CC Libraries panel, select Text from the menu, and click Add. This adds the complete story across threaded frames as well.
Do one of the following:
- Right-click a text asset in the CC Libraries panel and select one of the following options:
- Place Linked: Creates a link in the Links panel and the link is maintained with the CC Library asset. Any update to the asset updates the linked text asset on the document. It also keeps styling information intact along with Character/Paragraph styles.
- Place Copy: Does not create a link, any update to the CC Library text asset does not update the text asset on the document. Styling information is kept intact along with Character/Paragraph styles.
- Place Without Styles: Only the text is brought in without any link or styling information.
- Place the pointer inside a text frame, right-click a text asset in the CC Libraries panel, and select Place Inline.
- Drag an asset onto the document to create a linked text asset.
- Drag an asset with Alt key pressed to create a non-linked text asset.
Text assets added to libraries are also available from within the Libraries panel in Illustrator. 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.
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 used as a linked asset.
In the CC Libraries panel, you can rename, delete, duplicate, copy, or move across CC Libraries assets.
Search for a CC library asset by its name in the CC libraries panel. You can search for assets in the following locations:
- Current library (Default)
- Adobe Stock
- All libraries
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 CC Libraries panel, select a library from the drop-down.
- In the CC Libraries panel, click the flyout menu, and choose Collaborate.
- In the browser page that opens up, provide an email address and optional message for the person you would like to share the library with.
- Launch the Adobe Creative Cloud for Desktop app, and log in with your Adobe ID credentials.
- If a library has been shared with you, you will see an Updates and Requests banner at the top of the Creative Cloud for Desktop app. Click the Updates and Requests banner.
- From the Library Invitations section, click the Accept button available for each library collaboration invitation.
- In the CC Libraries panel, from the drop-down, select the name of a library that you would not like to share anymore.
- In the CC Libraries panel, click the flyout menu, and choose Collaborate.
- In the browser page that opens up, delete the names of all the users that the Creative Cloud library is shared with.
- In the CC Libraries panel, from the drop-down, select the name of a library that you would not like to collaborate on anymore.
- In the CC Libraries panel, click the flyout menu, and click the Leave library option.
Important: You can only delete a library that you own
- In the CC Libraries panel, from the drop-down, select the name of a library that you want to delete.
- In the CC Libraries panel, click the flyout menu, and click the Delete library option.
- Click Delete to confirm the action.
The InDesign objects that you add to the Graphics category of a CC Library can be used in other CC applications such as Illustrator or Photoshop.
Since a copy of every InDesign object is stored in the form of a PDF file, when you use this object in Illustrator or Photoshop, these applications use the PDF rendition of the object.
If you use an InDesign Character Style in Illustrator or Photoshop, those applications will attempt to map the properties of the asset with the properties for character attributes available in the host application. Any properties not found in the host application will be ignored.