If you are a media creator and you have not yet gotten Adobe Creative Cloud, it is time. I understand the reservations because I had them as well years before switching over to the subscription based platform but it is truly worth it. I don’t want this article to seem like a commercial for Adobe! That is not my intent at all! But I strongly feel that Adobe has the best tools out there and the Creative Cloud membership allows you to have access to ALL of them. Today I want to talk about using Libraries in order to make your life easier!
When would you use “Libraries?”
With that being said, we will be taking a look at a feature that comes with Creative Cloud called “Libraries.” If you have CC but are not taking advantage of libraries, you probably should be. It might not be useful for everyone but if you ever work with logos, or certain colors for a brand image, or certain designs you use often, you should be using libraries.
Libraries allow you to create an object and save it into your library. Your library is available across applications as well. So what that means is you can create a logo in illustrator, add it to your library and then drag that logo from your library into your Premiere Pro video.
Why use Libraries when you could just save a file and drag it into my other projects?
Before getting into using libraries, I asked the same question. Before I got creative cloud, I would create a logo and export it as a PNG file with transparency to have a transparent background and just drag that PNG file into applications such as Premiere and Photoshop if I need to. Why are Libraries different?
Libraries allow you to update every instance that you use a design instantly. For example, lets take this “First Look Videography” logo. First Look Videography is a wedding videography service in the St. Louis, MO area. This logo is being used in many places such as Adobe InDesign being used for wedding contracts, Adobe Premiere Pro to be used at the end of wedding videos, and Photoshop for Advertisements Design. The logo is highly used, as it should be for branding! But what if a change to the logo was needed? Would we have to change it everywhere? Not with libraries!
Before we can take advantage of Libraries, our designs must be put in the Libraries.
Before I get into how to change your design and update it on multiple applications, we need to make sure we have a design to update! Lets say I just created a logo in Adobe Illustrator, (I will use the First Look logo as and example). To save this to a library, I am going to simply go to Window > Libraries to make sure my Library tab is open. When it is open simply select all parts of the logo that you want to be saved (in this case I will select all) and drag the design into your Libraries Panel. It’s as simple as that!
After years of using this logo in different applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere and Muse, we decided that we want to change the name from “First Look Videography” to “First Look Saint Louis.” How do we go about changing that saved asset?
Making changes to a Library’s assets
In order to make this change we need to make sure Illustrator is open because that is the application that was used to create the logo. Go over to the Libraries panel that we were looking at before and double click on the asset that you want to change. I will click on the First Look logo.
Now all I need to do is change what needs to be changed. I will change “Videography” to “Saint Louis” and press save. Instantly it is updated everywhere.
Libraries are really only one of the features that Creative Cloud offers. Libraries allow you to create and share colors, character and paragraph styles, and more in your favorite Creative Cloud desktop or mobile applications at any time. Again, if you have not yet hopped on the CC Train, now is the time. If you are interested just click here! (This is not an affiliate link and I do not get money for you signing up!)