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Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop and Mobile Applications

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe Creative Cloud Classroom in a Book: Design Software Foundations with Adobe Creative Cloud, author Joseph Labrecque covers the basics of using Adobe Creative Cloud, including navigating the Desktop application, managing software versions, and accessing mobile apps and Creative Cloud Libraries. Readers will also get familiar with Behance and Portfolio services, gaining the skills to manage their creative projects with ease.

Creative Cloud services

A Creative Cloud subscription isn’t just about installed applications. You’ll get access to a number of useful services as well. Many of these work alongside the desktop and mobile software to improve your experience and workflows while others offer complementary services.

Creative Cloud sync folder

When you install the Creative Cloud Desktop application, it creates a folder on your computer named Creative Cloud Files. When you place files in this folder, Creative Cloud will sync them to the cloud and across other computers that you are signed into using your Adobe ID.

This sync folder functions similarly to other file syncing services such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, or Google Drive. You add files to one machine, and they are synced to others that are connected by your Adobe ID.

You can access your local sync folder directly from the Creative Cloud Desktop application by switching to the Files tab view along the top of the interface and clicking the Open Sync Folder syncfolder_icon.jpg button at the bottom left of the interface.

Creative Cloud Libraries

Creative Cloud Libraries are organized repositories of creative assets that you can access from anywhere. The types of assets you can add to a Creative Cloud Library include colors, color themes, shapes, images, templates, stock photos, audio recordings, looks, materials, and even certain assets particular to specific desktop applications.

You can access your Creative Cloud Libraries directly through the Creative Cloud Desktop application by switching to the Files tab view along the top of the interface and choosing Your Libraries in the left column, or through individual applications that support Creative Cloud Libraries through their own interfaces.

You can gather most assets into a Creative Cloud Library by using the Capture mobile app to capture and organize assets from the world around you. You can also add assets to a Creative Cloud Library from the various desktop applications that directly support them. This is a great way to work with the same assets across multiple applications.

Adobe Fonts

One of the most useful aspects of a Creative Cloud subscription is the ability to browse through and activate thousands of professional typefaces through Adobe Fonts.

You can access Adobe Fonts directly through the Creative Cloud Desktop application by clicking the Adobe Fonts fonts_icon.jpg button in the upper right, or via a web browser by visiting https://fonts.adobe.com.

When you activate a font, it will sync across all computers that you are signed into with your Adobe ID and become available for use in any application on your computer—even those that are not part of Creative Cloud.

Activated fonts will even appear in certain web-based services that support them, such as Adobe Express.

Adobe Stock

By browsing the thousands of assets available on Adobe Stock, you can access royalty-free photos, vector illustrations, 3D assets, videos, audio recordings, templates, and more.

Generally considered a separate cost, Adobe Stock works on either a monthly credit pack plan or with a separate subscription plan. Most plans include access to all content capped at a certain number of assets a month, whereas credit packs are best for inconsistent stock needs as more of a pay-as-you-go model. Check out the Adobe Stock FAQ for more details: https://stock.adobe.com/plans#plans-faq.

Adobe has also introduced a free collection of assets through Adobe Stock that anyone with a standard Creative Cloud subscription can access and use without paying any additional cost. To access the free collection, simply choose the Free option from the search menu before performing a search for assets.

You can further refine your search in the results page to only search for free assets of a certain type, such as free images or free videos. It’s a great resource for inspiration or for actual use in your creative projects.


Behance is a social media platform maintained by Adobe expressly for creatives. Using Behance, members can share their creative work, get feedback from other members, appreciate the work of others, and participate in active livestreams. There is also a job-seeking component for those looking for work. It is a very engaging community!

You can access Behance directly from the Creative Cloud Desktop application by switching to the Apps tab view along the top of the interface and choosing the Behance behance_icon.jpg option listed in the Resource Links in the lower-left corner or through the web browser directly at www.behance.net.

Adobe Portfolio

Portfolio is a professional portfolio website creation and publishing tool that makes it easy for creatives to build a public portfolio showcasing their work. You start with one of the many themes available and then customize it to your liking. You can create up to five multipage Portfolio websites and can even integrate your own domain name.

The Portfolio editor also has connections to Behance, enabling creatives to easily pull in work from their Behance profile to showcase as part of their portfolio of work.

You can access Portfolio directly from the Creative Cloud Desktop application by switching to the Apps tab view along the top of the interface and choosing the Portfolio portfolio_icon.jpg option listed in the Resource Links in the lower-left sidebar or through the web browser directly at https://portfolio.adobe.com.

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