Getting started with Assets Essentials

Last update: 2024-01-25
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Learn how to access Assets Essentials and explore the main features of its user interface.


In this video, we’re going to learn about Asset Essentials and take our first look at the user interface. Adobe Asset Essentials is a centralized collaborative workspace that simplifies the way marketing and creative teams across your enterprise interact using built-in task management capabilities. Asset Essentials search tools are AI powered to further improve content discovery allowing users to easily organize, tag, and find approved production assets to ensure brand consistency across teams. An intuitive fully integrated user interface allows creative and marketing teams to stay within their everyday tools, and access shared assets via cloud libraries. Let’s start by navigating to experience and log in to the Adobe Experience Cloud using our Adobe credentials. Once we have logged in, make sure the correct organization is selected if you have access to more than one organization. After confirming the organization, select Asset Essentials from the quick access section. The Asset Essential’s environment loads. To the top is our org selector, search bars, filters, and some context specific prompts. Since we are in the assets view, the prompts are to add assets and create a folder. The left sidebar contains my workspace, our assets, recently viewed, and the trash.

My workspace contains the tasks that have been assigned to me, tasks I assigned to others, and a list of tasks that I have completed. The assets view allows us to browse our folder structure and preview assets. The folders on the left can be used for quick navigation and we can sort content within the folders and change the way our assets are displayed, such as swapping to a list view. Selecting one or more folders or assets, opens a task bar with the available actions we can take. This task bar is specific to the selection we make, so selecting multiple assets will change the available actions.

Similarly, we can select an ellipsis for an asset or folder to populate a dropdown with the available actions. We can view an asset’s details by selecting details or by double clicking an asset.

The top left contains the file name and navigation to go back. On the bottom right are some preview actions we can take such as zooming. And on the right, we have icons that open the right side rail. This includes our asset’s metadata and information, comments made on the asset, any tasks relating to the asset, the version history, and automatically generated renditions. For specific image assets, we also have an edit icon that opens Adobe Photoshop Express, natively in Asset Essentials. We can use Photoshop Express to resize, crop, touch-up, and do minor adjustments to the image. We don’t have to navigate back to our folder to view different assets and can instead use the bottom left to view the next asset in our folder.

Going back to our left sidebar, recently viewed provides quick access to any assets that we have viewed the details for. Only assets where we specifically looked at the details will appear in this view. Lastly, we have the trash. The trash contains all the assets that have been deleted. We can either restore the asset to its original location or permanently delete the asset by selecting it followed by selecting delete.

Hopefully this has you excited to use Asset Essentials. In the subsequent videos provided, we will dive deeper into the different capabilities available in Asset Essentials, including adding assets, creating tasks, collaboration capabilities and more. Thanks for watching. -

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