Restriction: You can use the Adobe Connector if you are signed in using an administrators' account or if an Administrator has granted you the respective permission.


The Canto Adobe Connector enables you to access your Canto account directly from within Adobe Photoshop. 


Sign In to Canto from within Photoshop

  1. In Photoshop, go to Window > Extensions > Canto Connector.
  2. Input your Canto Account URL (e. g. MyCantoURL.canto.com) followed by your Tenant ID (e. g. MyCantoURL), Canto username and Canto password or SSO login credentials.
    Note: When using Azure AD as your identity provider (IDP), SSO is not supported!
  3. In the next step, allow access to your Canto account.


MacBook 2020 Users

If you are using a 2020 MacBook, please follow the following steps in order to use Canto Connect in Photoshop (version 22.3 or later).

  1. Go into the Applications folder
  2. Open the Adobe Photoshop 2021 folder
  3. Right-click Adobe Photoshop 2021 and click on Get Info
  4. Check Open using Rosetta
  5. Launch Photoshop

How to Use the Adobe Connector

  1. Make sure you are signed in to Canto (via Window Extensions Canto Connector).
  2. Browse through the Folder Tree to look for the assets you want.
  3. After selecting the required folder, click on the arrow to pull out the window to access all the files within the folder.
  4. You may also do a Global Search by selecting the magnifying glass and filter your files by keyword, tags, and file status.
  5. With the tab opened, you are able to hover over an asset and click on the circle in the top right-hand corner of the asset to select it. You are able to select multiple files. You can select Place as Layers or Add as Files.
  6. In the Assets tab, you are able to toggle the resolution of the asset by clicking on the square icon. The bigger the square, the higher the resolution.You can toggle the resolution of several assets by clicking on the column title Resolution while holding the CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard.
    To change back from High-Res to Low-Res in bulk, you need to click on the column title Resolution while holding the SHIFT + CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard.

    Note: Files inserted from Canto will be downloaded to your local machine in the Documents / Canto folder. If at anytime the connection breaks, you can relink the file form the Canto Connector / Assets tab.


Video: Using the Adobe Connector with Photoshop


Linking Files and Working with Other Users

When using the Canto Adobe Connector for InDesign, files are cached on to your computer to save time on loading. When opening your InDesign file and your assets are no longer linked, you can easily fix that by going into the Configuration tab on the extension window, hold Command, and click Status. Your files will relink.



This is also particularly useful when you are sharing InDesign files with other Canto users that use the Canto Adobe Connector. When opening InDesign files on a different computer, you may need to relink your files.


Functions Breakdown

Canto Tab

  1. View your assets 
  2. Upload files back into Canto
  3. Settings
  4. Filter assets by keyword, tags, and file status
  5. Search assets in your Canto library
  6. Refresh assets to sync with Canto 
  7. Sort assets by date or name
  8. Display / collapse Folder Tree to view assets
  9. Display / collapse Folder Tree to view assets
  10. Sort folders by name, date, or custom
  11. Folder Tree


Content View

  1. Insert selected asset as a layer
  2. Add asset as a new Photoshop file
  3. Deselect
  4. Filter
  5. Change the size of the thumbnail view
  6. Refresh
  7. Selected asset, hover over the asset for the white circle to appear to select the asset
  8. Hover over other assets to bulk select assets


Detailed Single Asset View

  1. Insert selected asset as a layer
  2. Add asset as a new Photoshop file

Assets Tab

  1. View to access folder tree and assets from Canto preview
  2. View which assets are being used in the layout
  3. Upload
  4. Settings
  5. File name of assets in use in the active layout
  6. Resolution adjustment, the larger the square, the higher the resolution.
    You can toggle the resolution of several assets by clicking on the column title "Resolution" while holding the CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard.

    To change back from High-Res to Low-Res in bulk, you need to click on the column title "Resolution" while holding the SHIFT + CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard.

  7. Green checkmark indicates the latest version of the asset


Upload Tab

  1. After you saved your file locally, you may upload it back to Canto as a New Version of the original asset
  2. Or you may upload the edited asset as a new file in your Canto library
  3. Browse your computer to locate the file you want to upload into Canto
  4. Upload the asset into your Canto library

Configuration Tab

  1. View your assets
  2. View which assets are being used in the layout
  3. Upload
  4. Settings
  5. Launch Canto in your web browser
  6. Clear cache removes downloaded files from your local drive. Linked files will need to be re-synced from the Assets tab for future use (see further information below)
  7. To configure what metadata you would like to see on assets when hovering over the asset or when previewing the asset
  8. Logout

In the Configuration settings, you can customize what metadata you see when you hover over assets and in the preview page and choose where your cache folder located.


Tooltip and Preview Page Tab

Here you can select up to 8 fields of metadata to display when either hovering over an asset or when viewing the asset in preview.


Cache Directory Tab

You may want to assign a different location for your assets' cache. Be sure to follow the instructions prompted and to close the extension and restart the extension for the changes to take effect.