A Few Tips For Creative Cloud Market and Libraries Panel
Creative Cloud Market and Libraries panel are recent additions to Adobe Creative Cloud. The Creative Cloud Market offers tons of, basically, freebies which are properly licensed and any Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber can start using them right away. These two new features are designed to work together and you can add various design elements to your Libraries panel directly from Creative Cloud Market which is available from the Creative Cloud Desktop App. Libraries panel is currently available in Photoshop and Illustrator and you can insert or drag design elements in your project in progress or to start building something new. In this post I will give you a few tips how to be more efficient and how to use those incredible useful features.
How to access Creative Cloud MarketYou can access the Creative Cloud Market from Creative Cloud Desktop App. The market is available from Assets > Market > sub-menu to sort what is displayed.
How to see file type (format)While browsing files you can see asset name and author, not and the file type. To see what is type (format) of the file you must click on its thumbnail to open new tab where you can see: size, type (format) and tags associated with the asset (file).
How to add the asset to Libraries panelTo add file to library you must click on Download icon and to choose an existing library or to create a new one by selecting Create Library option and by typing the name in the text box which will appear.
Files added to any library will be synced and you do not need to restart the application. Sync time is pretty fast and you can see progress in Creative Cloud Desktop App. When sync is finished, you will be notified with pop-up anyway.
It is also worth to know that all files are available from Creative Cloud Files > Market Downloads on your hard drive.
How to use files added to Libraries panelYou have two options: Edit and Use in the document. Both options are available when you have active document, otherwise you have only Edit option. Edit means open source file and if you save changes it will overwrite original.
In case you want to start building upon downloaded asset, then simply use Image > Duplicate in Photoshop and continue working with duplicated instance to avoid accidental overwriting.
Alternatively, you can save file with the new name and continue working on it (after using Edit option on right click on thumbnail in the Libraries panel). You can check from the document tab with which file you are working: if you see some numbers as a file name then you are editing original file and if you save changes then you will overwrite original.
When using Use in document option then you have nothing to worry about, file or asset from the Libraries will be placed in active document and original is safe.
Above are screenshots from Photoshop, but exact same options are available and in Illustrator. There are some differences which will be covered below.
What you can edit and whereYou cannot edit any file type in both applications. In Photoshop you can edit file types like: PSD, JPG, PNG while SVG format is available only to Use in document.
As you can guess the opposite thing is available in Illustrator: you cannot edit PSD and JPG files, although you can use them in the document, but you can edit SVG and AI files. When editing (right click on thumb > Edit) in Illustrator exact same rule is applied: do not save file from File > Save if you do not want to overwrite original.
Solution in case you make mistakes to overwrite originalIn case you make mistakes and you save files in editing mode, you have quick and easy solution: go to Creative Cloud Files > Market Downloads and rename the original file. You can simply add number 2 at the end of file or word: _edited.
After changing file name you can download or to add the same file (original version) from the Creative Cloud Desktop App.
Now you will have another problem: two files with the same name or perhaps two very similar thumbnails. The solution is to right click on edited file and to choose Rename option. Type word _edited and you will have a clue what is about next time when you open the Libraries panel.
Advice when creating Photoshop's seamless tiling patterns from SVG filesAs already mentioned you can insert SVG files in your current document in Photoshop. This will work just fine for some files and textures. You will get a rasterized version of the texture/shape on a new layer.
Now what if you want to create Photoshop's seamless tiling pattern from SVG file? Well, I will give you advice: open SVG file in Illustrator and save or export it as a PNG file (File > Save for Web or File > Export > PNG) then create seamless tiling pattern from that file.
There are a couple of ways to create seamless tiling pattern from SVG file, but option with PNG works excellent. That's actually second option I tried after exporting the file as a PSD and it works fantastic, so I stopped exploring other formats that may work.