Using The Libraries Panel In Photoshop

 

I’ve got a super cool feature to show you today… Photoshop libraries. This is a panel in Photoshop that is going to be one of your new favorite features when you see how easy it makes it to organize and use your textures. For those of you that remember the Russell Brown photoshop panel for textures that is no longer around for newer versions of photoshop – you will especially love this feature!

I use the libraries’ panel to organize, display, and use textures on my photos. It makes it so easy to be able to browse your collections right in Photoshop! I hope you love this feature and get started immediately importing your collections to give this a tryout. This is a feature for Photoshop CC users. I don’t believe it existed in older versions that I remember.

**There have been a few updates in Photoshop since I filmed this video... but I just went in and was still able to do the exact same things… like right-click on a collection to change the name and delete… and I still created a new collection and dragged them in. So if you are watching and not seeing things in the exact same place – just look around a little – all of the functions are still there!

 

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25 Comments

  1. Becky

    Hi Denise, what a great tip, thank you so much! This would make it so much easier!
    I use a EHD for all my pics, textures, overlays… I do not store anything except my programs including PS on my mac.
    If i move/copy (not sure of the correct term for it) them to PS Library will they now be on my mac’s hard drive?
    Thanks again!

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    • Denise Love

      It is pulling from where ever your textures are being stored. Mine are all on a backup drive.

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      • Becky

        Thanks for the reply! so i assume it does NOT copy them to my Mac’s hard drive and take up space on it, correct?

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        • Denise Love

          I’m not finding a duplicate copy on my hard drive – but that doesn’t mean it might not be somewhere in the program. You’d have to get with Adobe for more specifics for this new feature.

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          • Becky

            thanks Denise i will check with them before i move forward.

          • Vicki Robinson

            Denise -they are stored in the Creative Cloud, which means that unless you purchase more space than the base level that comes with your subscription, you’ll eventually have to purchase more or rotate your stash out. Because they are in the CC Cloud, the libraries will be available across all of your devices that have Adobe apps that use the cloud.

          • Denise Love

            Good information! I was able to fit all my current collections into the Libraries without upgrading the space limitations – so I’m really liking this feature and how much I could fit in. Thank you!!

  2. Dean

    Hello Denise,

    Even though Russel Brown’s Paper Texture Pro is no longer available, Adobe has taken that over and now it’s call Adobe Paper Texture Pro. You can find that by going to the Window menu in Photoshop, and move the mouse pointer over Extensions which will show a pop out menu to the right. That menu shows the Adobe Paper Texture Pro as the second item down (In my Photoshop). With Paper Texture Pro you can’t drag a texture onto the photo, but by clicking on the texture it will automatically add the texture over the original photo as a layer with a mask. The Adobe Paper Texture Pro comes with preloaded textures which can be removed and other textures added. That option is below the texture panel and has a drop down item to select a folder. Your use of the Libraries Panel may have advantages over Paper Texture Pro, but I haven’t tried the Libraries method.

    Thanks for the video Denise.

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    • Denise Love

      Great info! Thank you! I didn’t know they took over that panel. I am really liking the libraries panel they have added! 🙂

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  3. Sarah S

    Great tip! Thanks so much for explaining this. It will make it so much easier to choose and play with all your wonderful textures.

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  4. Judy

    I could not drag my textures into a library. When I open the I can only apply them to a photo Do they have to be in the cloud?

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    • Denise Love

      I just dragged mine right in from my backup drive where they are stored. Not sure what you are doing differently. It is a photoshop CC feature only.

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  5. Vicki DeVico

    Denise…thank you, thank you, thank you! This just made my life so much easier! I had created an action to place textures on images, but still had to know which folders I wanted to go to…this allows me to view the contents right in PS and choose from there. This is an amazing innovation on Adobe’s part and I am so glad you told us about it!

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    • Denise Love

      So glad it was helpful! I’m really loving it too!! 🙂

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  6. Sheila

    That was such a helpful video – Thank you!

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  7. Lorelei

    Thanks so much for this video! I recently started using the Libraries feature, but I didn’t realize I had the option to show the textures larger (without the name). Thank you! Also glad to know that you were able to load all your textures without having to upgrade space with PS CC. Really appreciate this videos so much. No matter which one I watch, I always learn something even tho I’ve been using PS for 20 years!

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  8. Judy

    Thanks very much Denise! This will be very helpful.

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    • Denise Love

      So glad it was helpful! I’m really loving using them! 🙂

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  9. Kimberly Goff

    Great tips! Can’t wait to try this!

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  10. shellfish456

    OMG!!! Thank you so much! This is so much easier!

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