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Adobe CC Libraries Not Working as Expected

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May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021

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I am using Adobe CC specifically the latest release, for Illustrator 25.2.3 (as of 5.14.21) on a 2017 MacBook Pro on BigSur 11.2.3. The issue that I am having is as follows:


I am building a library of 100+ illustrations that all use a custom made library of CMYK colors. There are 10 colors in total.


I have created a CC library of my colors — each color has been set as a CMYK value and defined as a spot color with the global box checked. Each of the documents that I created for the 100+ illustrations are all set to the CMYK color space, and they are all using the same color settings.


I used the CC library with the 10 custom CMYK spot colors to apply to all of my 100+ illustrations.


When I try to change the values of a color in my CC library, my expectation of how CC libraries would work is that the change would impact all of my illustrations that use the CC library—However, this is not the case. If I make a change to the values of a color in my library, it has NO impact on my illustration at all.


As a test, I tried this with RBG colors, I tried it with Pantone colors... I also tried making character styles and the same thing— changes to the library do not take hold to documents that use the library. Its as though the swatches palette and the character styles palette for the document override the CC library. I tried some test files and started from scratch and have not had any luck with this.


Is this a bug? Is this how the library is designed to work? I was under the impression that the intent of the library was to provide designers and teams with the ability to keep a system of assets (colors, type, images) up to date within a library and that if the library was updated, documents that make use of assets in the library would also update without having to make manual updates?


If anyone has any different information, if yo have had success using this function or suggestions for how to use it, I would be very interested and appreciative to any input.

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