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Adobe Illustrator CC - Advanced Training

Advanced CC Libraries Adobe Stock and Adobe Market

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey there, in this video we're going to look at some tips and tricks for using CC Libraries and other kind of internal parts like the Market. You probably have used Libraries before, maybe you haven't. I've got my first library here, I'm going to add something to it. I'm going to drag it in there, and give it a name. One is a cartoon that I did of my wife. I've given it a name and now it becomes-- a couple of tricks, is that if I drag this out now it's connected to the Library, which can be a bit of a pain. If I hold down 'Alt' on a PC, or 'Option' on a Mac, when I drag out, it's disconnected. So this guy is connected, this guy is not. 

What happens is, if I double click this in here, I decide that-- not sure what I'm going to decide here. Quickly think of something; red eye. If I hit 'Save', and I close it down, you'll notice that the library updates, and this guy updated but this guy didn't, because he's disconnected. Often I do that, I just hold 'Option' and drag it out, so I've got it disconnected. 

Other things we can do. Say that I'm working with another person, which I do a lot. We're all remote, so what happens is, say I want to share this library-- I've got lots of libraries, check them out. What I like to do is, anything that has this-- I like to collaborate. So I've got a friend that helps me, another designer that helps me with a lot of work, and we share this Adobe folder. Let's have a look at this one, 'Adobe Logos'. There's lots of just Adobe stuff that we're allowed to use as Certified Instructors in a Certified Training Center. And we share it, the way to share a library is, let's say here, you go up to this 'Burger Menu ' and you say 'Collaborate'. 'Share' is what I do with a client. Say I want to send it to a client, and here's the Assets, you can't update them, or mess with them. It's not a Creative Cloud Library. It is just something that you can—art work that you can use, and download for your own usage. Collaborate means, I trust this other person, and you can delete stuff, and edit it, and add new things. We work on it together. 

What really happens is, I can email saying, would you like to Collaborate, and they click 'Yes', and I just end up in this drop down. You can tell the ones that are shared with the two little heads there. You can share with loads of people. One of the things that makes it quite useful is like, say I decide to delete this one. I decide that, yes, goodbye, you're gone. Just delete it. I can undo it, but let's say that I open a document or the person working with me opens up the document and says, "It's missing the thing, where did it go?" I'm like, "Oh." There's an option in here to say 'View Deleted Items'. You can just kind of undelete them, it's pretty cool. 

The other thing you might do is, when you click 'Share a Link' what ends up happening is, they get given, you get to give them an option to say whether they are allowed to edit, or they're just allowed to view. Let's say they're not, like a designer, and have a Creative Cloud license. That one's the one you send them. I'll show you what it looks like from their side. So this is what they get. They log in, well they didn't log in, they just click on it, and this is, "Would you accept?" This is what they get, that's the Library option. 

What I might do is add-- it's a Live one, so if I add this, click back in there, and jump back in here. I might have to refresh this. Hopefully my internet's working fast enough. There she is. What's really cool about it is, if I click on it-- it's not a tiff, it started life as a tiff, that's why it's called a tiff. But they can download it from here, they can save it. There's kind of limited action if they don't have a Creative Cloud license. It doesn't even have to be a paid one. So you can get them to-- that's the pain, I guess, is they can get little bits of it, they can save the image, and they can start working with that JPEG or that PNG, but if they want kind of full access they need to sign in, or sign up. Doesn't even have to be paid. Cool. Let's close it down. 

So you can see, colors as well. I use this quite a bit for Web Developers, so in my library there I'll have all the colors that I'm using. You can even put fonts in there, we haven't done that yet. Let's take a font in. Actually it's putting in this text, and that one's pretty hard core. So what I might do is-- it's kind of put it in there, if I click on this option here, I'm going to put in maybe the Text and the Character Style. Not all of that. So now if I go back into here, and I go back out, and I update. So that's Character Styles. 

I find this is really helpful for Web Developers that I'm working with. They know the font family, the size, the color, all that type of things. If there was line spacing, that gets included as well. Really handy. What you see, this little Web Interface. If they do sign in, they get a bit more, right? That looks like this, or something like this and they get to do a lot more, like they get to share-- you can decide on the access they have but there's just some really cool stuff in here. Let's say I want to go into this thing. It gives me just a lot more details, and a lot more things I can do, and go and save, under 'Actions' here, I can copy it, rename. There's all sort of stuff you can do if you get a Creative Cloud license. 

The other thing I want to show you about the Library is-- back into Illustrator. It's not really the Library, it's more the CC app. On a Mac, it's up the top here, this little Creative Cloud icon. On a PC, it's in the bottom right, looks the same. Click on it, there's this one called 'Assets'. This is like the hidden gen. You want to go to the one called 'Market'. I love this one because it's free, commercial use. Mainly icons, vector stuff that you get to use for free commercially that Adobe gives you. So, if I'm in here, I might go, "Hey, I really need a--". I don't know, what do I need? I really need a credit card, I don't know why. Credit cards, I've got loads in front of me. Credit card, okay? 

In here, there should be some credit card icons. Cool, huh? It's really nice that most of them are vector. Just double check, say you really like this guy. Click on it. I'm going to download it to that Library. Any of your CC Libraries. Kick back, relax. Is it doing it? Over there, it is over there. This one here is actually a Photoshop file. Not quite what I wanted but I'll open up in Photoshop. Same library. That's why CC Libraries are so cool. Card, there's all sorts of mask going on. It's all kind of bits and pieces. You're probably like me, where you find-- so if I find, I'm like, “You're awesome," and it's like a solid JPEG, and you got to kind of redraw it. 

So when you are looking in this just make sure you're looking for SVG or ai. Let's say, vectors. Vectors icons. SVG is one of the words you want. Scalable Vector Graphic. That's a good term to use, well, look for. I'm going to save it to My Library. And now, here it is over here, SVG. I can double click on it, just drag it out. I'm actually going to hold-- what is the key, remember? I hold while I'm dragging out? Yes, it's 'Alt' or 'Option'. That means I start again, then hold that key down and it means I've got two of them, but I've broken that link. What's also cool is that it's vector, I can ungroup it, I can start messing with it. You might have to right click, and 'Release Compound Path'. That happens quite a bit with SVGs from online. But bits are there, you might have to do some fun and games to get this thing to work again. 

All right, that is the secret little treat up there. The last kind of bit to deal with libraries is to do with stock. There's kind of an option in here, it's up there as well. It's just stock library stuff, right? You get 10 freebies to get started. I use it instead of-- it's an alternative for something like Shadow Stock or iStock. The nice alternative for it is that, say I need a picture, a commercial picture, I need to pay for it and I need some options, and I need it for, I can't think of anything, I'll go to that credit card again. So it's going to look in Adobe Stock. Really cheesy. So there are beautiful ones in there. Don't type credit card and look for really nice options. 

The cool thing about it is, it's a really big preview. And what happens is, when you're ready to buy what you can do is go to here, and just say 'Buy'. And if you've got like a monthly subscription-- I've got-- I think I'm paying about 10, maybe 20, averages a month. Something like 30 bucks, 40 bucks. Something like that. What ends up happening, like say you've designed it, and you've manipulated it, done some stuff to it-- there it is, Adobe Stock in the middle. You've kind of manipulated, added some effects. What ends up happening is, if you license this it reaches back into your document, and removes the watermark and this little number down the bottom. It's pretty clever. Works for Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, everything. 

This video is not just images, there's illustrations as well. I'm going to stop trying to sell you Adobe Stock. All right, that's going to be it for Creative Cloud app, and the CC libraries. Let's get on to the next tutorial.