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Use the Canto Adobe Connector with Photoshop


Restriction: You need to be signed in using an administrator's account or be granted the respective permission by an admin in order to use these functions.


This is an add-on integration. Please contact your account manager or submit a support ticket for pricing.


How to navigate to the Connector within Photoshop

Window > Extensions > Canto Connector


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

Note: Make sure that you have installed the latest version of our Canto Connector in order to use all the described features.


How to sign in to Canto from within Photoshop

  1. In Photoshop, navigate to Window > Extensions > Canto Connector.
  2. Select your Canto URL from the pop-up menu and confirm your selection.
  3. The following window will open in your browser (if it does not, you will need to adjust your pop-up settings for that browser).
    Type in your Account Name, Email Address, Password and confirm by clicking Sign In.
    Note: At this point you can also log in with the SSO function (Single Sign-On).
  4. Select your desired environment from the drop-down menu and confirm your selection and access to your Canto account by clicking on Allow.
  5. If everything works, you will receive the following confirmation:
  6. You can now close the window and return to Photoshop.

Apple M1 chip users

If you are using a MacBook with a M1 chip, please follow the steps below in order to use the Canto Connector in Photoshop (version 22.3 or later).

  1. Go into your local 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.

    Note: You can install Rosetta using the Terminal which you can find by pressing Cmd () + spacebar and typing in "Terminal"Further information can be found here.
    • If you have root permission:
      /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta

    • If you don't have root permission:
      /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license
  5. Launch Photoshop

How to use the Adobe Connector

Make sure you are signed in to Canto (via Window > Extensions > Canto Connector).


  • How to add an asset to your Photoshop document

    Note: Files from your Cold Storage cannot be added.

    1. With the Canto tab selected you can browse through your Folder Tree to look for the asset(s) you would like to work with.
    2. Select the desired folder/album.
    3. Click on the arrow to hide the folder tree in order to view more files at once.
    4. Alternatively, you can perform a Global Search by selecting the magnifying glass or filtering your files by keyword, tags, and file status by clicking on the filter-icon next to the search bar.
    5. Hover over an asset and click on the circle in the top right-hand corner of the asset to select it.
      Note: You are able to select up to five asset.
    6. Choose between Place as Layers and Add as Files.

      Note: When you insert an image that already lives in Canto to a Photoshop document, Canto will automatically create and display the inserted images as related files.



  • How to switch to a portal/workflow

    1. Within the Connector navigate to Configuration > Logout.
    2. Sign in again and select the environment you would like to be displayed in your Connector.
    3. Click Allow.

Functions Breakdown

Canto Tab

  1. Hide/display folder tree
  2. Global search
  3. Filter
  4. Folder tree sorting options
  5. Refresh folder tree
  6. Folder/album content sorting options
  7. Thumbnail View/Masonry Grid View
  8. Thumbnail size
  9. Hide/display folder tree


With asset(s) selected

  1. Amount of selected items
  2. Deselect all
  3. Place asset(s) as layers
  4. Add asset(s) as files
  5. Deselect all


Detailed single asset view

  1. Close the preview
  2. Go to the next/previous asset
  3. Place asset(s) as a new layer
  4. Add asset(s) as a new Photoshop file


Upload Tab

  1. After you save 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. Shows you your user name
  2. Launch Canto in your web browser
  3. Clear cache removes downloaded files from your local drive.
  4. Configuration is divided into three tabs (see below - General Tab; Tooltip & Preview Page Tab
  5. Logout/change your Canto environment (see further information above - How to switch to a portal/workflow)
  6. See which version of the Canto Connector you are currently using


General Tab

Here you can set the default resolution for the import.

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


Tooltip & Preview Page Tab

Here you can configure what metadata you would like to see on assets when hovering over the asset or when previewing the asset.


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