Photoshop tutorial: 8 reasons to use the new Adobe CC Library panel

Share colour swatches, themes, brushes, type styles and more between Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe's Shape CC, Colour CC and Brush CC iPhone and iPad apps.

Intro


Over the last few years, Adobe have made additions to Creative Cloud that have had advantages for creatives who regularly work across CC apps and multiple computers.

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One of those features was Sync Settings, which allows creatives to sync their workspace, actions and presets to any computer they sit down at.

Going one step further in the most recent update (CC 2014), a new feature was released called the Adobe CC Library panel, allowing you to store colour swatches, colour themes, brushes, typographical styles and raster and vector graphics in the cloud for you to access anytime from wherever you are.

The Adobe CC Library panel is available in both Illustrator and Photoshop, which makes working between the two applications more streamlined than ever before - and we expect it to be rolled out to other desktop apps in the near future. The panel also has links to a number of the new mobile apps, including Shape CC, Color CC and Brush CC.

Here photographer Tigz Rice takes you through her favourite features in the Adobe CC Library Panel and details how best to use it - helping you to speed up your workflow and save time during the creative process.

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Step 1

STEP 1

The ability to store vector-based graphics in the CC Library Panel makes it a handy place to keep a copy of regularly used assets such as your clients' logos. Open up your original vector logo file in Photoshop or Illustrator and - with the logo selected - click on the Add Graphic icon at the bottom of the library panel.

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When you need to use it for a last-minute file, layout or watermark - whereever you are - all you have to do is log in to your personal Adobe CC account and click on your logo from the Library Panel.


Step 2

STEP 2

You can also include bitmap images in the Adobe CC Library Panel, making it a great place to store regularly-used images like headshots or current product shots for e-commerce businesses.

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With 20GB of storage space at your advantage, you should have plenty of space to keep these items at high-resolution too.

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Step 3

STEP 3

Another handy Adobe CC Library panel feature for designers is the ability to store typographical styles - including font size, weight and colour.

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Once you’ve applied styling to the first text layer, highlight the layer using the Move (V) tool and click on the Add Text Style icon in the Adobe CC Library Panel.

Ensure to give it a good name so you can tell typographical styles apart later on.


Step 4

STEP 4

Just like typographical styles, the Adobe CC Library Panel can store information about Layer Styles, including drop shadows, strokes, colour overlays and inner glows.

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Found a style that you love? Create it once and save it into your library for future one-click access.


Step 5

STEP 5

For digital designers, save time with the ability to add fully customisable layout assets to your CC Library, including menus, social media icons and even full page designs.

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By saving a selection of shapes, text layers and graphics into one Photoshop group, the CC Library has the ability to store everything together in one CC Library entry, but with the ability to go in afterwards and reposition individual objects, alter text or change colours.

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Step 6

STEP 6

The Adobe CC Library panel also has great benefits for any designer with long-term clients, storing company branding information like colour references so you never need to look up that reference again - even if it's been ages since you last worked for them.

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Simply find the colour you need in the Swatches panel and click on the square Add Colour icon in the Library panel. You can also take colours directly from existing smart objects or vector graphics in both Photoshop and Illustrator.


Step 7

STEP 7

On the subject of colour, Adobe CC Libraries can also include information collected by some of the Adobe mobile apps too.

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If you have Adobe Colour CC on your iPhone or iPad, you can use the app to analyse and extract colour themes from photos or existing artwork.


Step 8

STEP 8

Once you’re happy with the selection of colours, name your new theme and save it to your CC Library. It will then be available to use in both Photoshop and Illustrator. The Adobe Colour CC app is free to download from iTunes.

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Step 9

STEP 9

The Adobe CC Library panel even supports multiple libraries, making it easier for designers working on multiple projects at once (or returning to them later). Instead of having one huge asset library, you can create unlimited additional libraries for each individual project or client.

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To create a new Library, click on the drop-down menu of the Adobe CC Library panel and choose Create New Library.