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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.
Now that you published and shared the linked library, your team members who have accepted the library invite can start using assets from this library in XD and in other Creative Cloud apps.
The Libraries panel displays all the libraries that you’re following. Once you click the library that you want to use assets from, the panel view changes to show all the content from that library.
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 filter and search features.
XD provides these three filtering mechanisms to narrow down the assets that you would like to use in your project:
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.
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.
Suppose, you published a linked library from a cloud document, and you didn't invite your document coeditor to this library. Because your coeditor doesn't get any notifications when you publish a linked library, the coeditor can publish another linked library from that document. If the coeditor publishes another library from the document, your original linked library will be delinked from it. Once delinked, your library will not receive any updates from that source document. In turn, any consuming documents using assets from your library will not receive the updates.
If your library is delinked from the source document, when you open the Libraries manager from the source document, you get the Publish button in place of the Up to date status. To relink your library:
If you decided that you no longer need the library, you can unpublish the library from the Libraries manager. At this point, linked assets that were previously used from this library in your documents will become broken links (show broken link icon) indicated by the red badge. You could choose to 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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