During this Design Cuts Live session, we talked to Kim Klassen. Kim was a licensed artist in the print industry, with her work available in print, on fabric, wallpaper, and stationary, but life circumstances drew her towards photography, Photoshop, textures and blogging. Kim is now an exceptional still photographer. She also teaches classes online and is a creative mentor, life coach and writing coach.

Something Design Cutters always struggle with is organizing design files, and since it's something Kim does well we thought we'd invite her to show us all how it's done. Whatever your area of art and design, this is one session that will be useful to all.

If you'd like to read up on how to keep your fonts tidy, you can head over to our Complete Guide To Organising And Filtering Your Fonts!

Download File

Open Design Cuts' website and go to 'Your Downloads' page. Choose Bundles and pick the Fantastical Festive Designers Collection and download the files.

Open Photoshop and click on the Creative Cloud. Add the downloaded files to the Creative Cloud library. 

Pro tip: Put your libraries in a full panel to view them better, or put them at the bottom of your screen.

Click on the window, select Workspace and click Essentials to reset it. This becomes a default option. If you want to move your library panel, you can pull it and drag it to the blue line. You can also navigate between the libraries. Tap to create a new library or use the Creative Cloud app.

Open the Creative Cloud app and tap on the Creative Cloud to view the work section. Set up some of your favorite collections and view them by the group, based in folders in each collection.

Setup Library

Open Finder and go to Dropbox with the festive bundle. Take the rustic collection by Lisa Glanz and create groups for each folder. In the Creative Cloud, tap on the '+' icon to create a library, type DC Festive Rustic Christmas Lisa Glanz and hit Create.

Go to the papers and select all to drag them into the library. Once these come in, create your first group and then you can set up a group for each of the different folders within the collection.

Create Groups

Rename the group as ‘papers’. Put these papers into your first group. Make other groups and name them under advent calendar, illustrations, numbers, shapes and overlays.

Start to move all these into each category of groups.

Pro tip: Create separate groups. For example, .PNG files in .PNG folder and .PSD files in .PSD folder.

Similarly, in the illustration folder, add all the illustrations. See the image below for reference.

Repeat the same process to add the numbers, shapes and overlays.

Pro tip: To enlarge the images, drag them in the slider or tap to open them in Photoshop.

Open Photoshop and view all the files. Double-tap any file to get started with it.

Use Bridge

Click on Bridge and choose your workspace. Reset the workspace and find all the bundles there. View any folder and preview them in Bridge.

You can use Photoshop and Bridge simultaneously. To do this, just reduce the size of the Photoshop from below and view all the elements in Bridge.

Go through all the different assets in Bridge and expand to view them. Use a spacebar to preview or close them. Drag and drop any asset from Bridge to use them in Photoshop.

If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, add your libraries to Bridge. Add Bridge on the right side panel by pulling it over and making it skinnier. Tweak Photoshop, so that Bridge can fit in the right panel. Easily drag and drop any image.

Save this workspace and window location to access it in future.