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Use the Canto Adobe Connector with Photoshop

Restriction: You can use the Adobe Connector if you are signed in using an administrator's 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.

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. Enter your Canto URL from the pop-up menu and confirm this 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). Then fill in the fields shown (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 the desired library from the drop-down menu and confirm this selection and access to your Canto account with Allow.
  5. If everything works, you will receive the following confirmation:
  6. You can now close the window and return to Photoshop.
  7. In the next section you will learn how to open the Connector in the application.

Apple M1 chip users

If you are using a MacBook with a M1 chip, please follow the following steps in order to use the Canto Connector 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.

    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

  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.

    Note: When you insert an image that already lives in Canto to Photoshop, 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.

Video: Use the Adobe Connector with Photoshop

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

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. Settings
  4. Launch Canto in your web browser
  5. 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)
  6. To configure what metadata you would like to see on assets when hovering over the asset or when previewing the asset
  7. 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.

General Tab

You can adjust the default resolution.
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. 

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