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Adobe Link beginners' guide
Adobe Link beginners' guide

This article is a beginner's guide to start using Adobe Link.

Updated over a week ago

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What is Adobe Link?

Adobe Link powered by LinkrUI is a native plugin for Adobe tools, that enables direct searching, opening, placing, and syncing of assets stored in Frontify from within Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, and After Effects.

Access Frontify DAM directly from Adobe tools from a built-in panel, leveraging linked assets and easy uploads, thus allowing smooth collaboration between designers and across teams.

  • Adobe Link sync is 2-way. You can pull assets from Frontify as well as push assets to Frontify.

  • It syncs’ with all Frontify libraries.

  • Adobe Link supports digital assets only. (No fonts, colors, etc)

  • The sync does not take up storage on both Frontify or Adobe Creative Cloud. (Unless you also save to Creative Cloud)

  • Adobe Link caches a local copy of the asset. These copies can be purged at a customizable intervals.

    • Having a locally cached asset also means offline work is possible.

Navigation

Following the Adobe Link dashboard powered by LunkrUI, let’s examine each section.

  1. Search

    • You can search by:

      • Title

      • Description

      • Name

      • Tags

      • Metadata

    • Adobe Link search results will be the same search results as from the backend of the Frontify libraries.

  2. Collections

    • You can access all of the collections available in your Frontify libraries.

    • Note: You cannot search inside a collection.

  3. Filter

    • You can filter by:

      • File Type

      • Tags (Coming soon)

      • Metadata (Coming soon)

  4. Upload Assets

    • Using this icon you can upload your asset to Frontify.

    • If you are editing an asset from a Frontify library you will see the following options:

      • Upload: Upload a new asset to Frontify. This will create a fork of the asset you are working on.

      • Update: Updates the current asset in Frontify.

      • Reset: Resets your asset to the latest version in Frontify.

      • Purge: Purges the cached local copy from your local computer.

    • When uploading, check the 'Move to LinkrUI folder' as seen below. This will automatically sync your assets with Frontify. Otherwise, the asset will not be synced with Frontify.

  5. Links Dialog (not available in Photoshop)

    • This is where you will manage the assets in your document. Some important actions you can do from here are:

      • Upload Local: Upload a local asset to Frontify so that others will have access to all the assets in your document. The update local feature will allow you to save your local asset to Frontify, so it’ll be available to everyone. Note: users have access to the same assets they would have access to in Frontify. So if you are not part of a target for an asset, it will not be visible.

      • Relink to Frontify: Relink an asset to an existing Frontify asset. For example, if you download an asset from Frontify and use it in a document it will not be automatically updated because it was just downloaded from Frontify. If you use Adobe Link to put an asset in a document it will be automatically updated if that asset ever changes. Relink to Frontify allows you to link a local asset back to Frontify, thus when a new version of the asset is pushed to Frontify, the local asset can be updated as well.

      • Relink to Local: Replace a link with a different source file.

  6. Folder Structure

    • You will see the same folder structure in Adobe Link as you would in the backend of your libraries, including nested folders.

  7. Library Select

    • This is where you can select which library assets you would like to view and use.

  8. Detail View

    • Displays an additional view section with the details of an asset.

  9. Grid View

    • View assets and folders in a grid with an asset preview.

  10. List View

    1. View assets and folders in a list.

Collaborative Functionality

Adobe Link makes collaborative work easy and intuitive. For example, 'Person 1' can be working on 'Asset A' and 'Person 2' can work on 'Asset B'. Note 'Asset X', 'Asset Y', and 'Asset Z' in the Frontify cloud.

'Person 1' and 'Person 2' can pull assets from the Frontify cloud to use in their local environment as shown below.

Both 'Person 1' and 'Person 2' can upload their documents to Frontify.

'Person 1' and 'Person 2' can now collaboratively work on each other's assets.

Both people can also use each other's assets within their own. For example, 'Person 1' can use 'Asset B' in 'Asset A' as shown below.

If 'Person 2' decides to make changes to their 'Asset B' the changes will reflect in 'Asset A' after being updated in the Frontify cloud, as it’s shown in the below picture.

Note: You can change preferences so that the changes in 'Asset B' only reflect in 'Asset A' when approved.

'Person 3' can easily work on an asset in the Frontify cloud because all assets are linked to the cloud. No more packaging assets. All assets are easily sharable and accessible to anyone with access to your Frontify account.

For more information on Adobe Link visit our Deep Dive Guide here.

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