Workflow Management with Adobe Creative Cloud: 5 Integrations to Help You Stay Connected when Working Remote

by Minson Chen

posted on 06-23-2020

Whether you’ve always worked from home or remote work is a new thing for you, managing your tasks, projects, assets, and communication with your team can be a challenge. There are many work management platforms out there to help you manage it all effectively, even when working remotely (something more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic). The great things about these tools, like Asana, Workfront, Smartsheet, and more, is that they are used by teams that highly value the workflows of digital creatives, and many of them integrate with Adobe Creative Cloud for that reason.

Using integrations between these work management apps, and tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe XD, InDesign, and Premiere Pro, can mean saving yourself time and energy when you’re just trying to get the job done, and closing gaps in communication between team members. Read on to learn about five Adobe Creative Cloud integrations that are sure to make your workflows more efficient and easier to manage, and hear a little bit about how these companies are dealing with the new challenges for them and their customers.

Asana

As teams all over the world have had to shift to remote work, Asana has helped them stay organized and on top of tasks and projects. For creative and marketing teams, this has been even more significant. With the Asana integration with Creative Cloud, designers can view Asana tasks right inside Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, and can use this functionality to easily incorporate feedback, delivered in Asana, right into their designs without ever leaving their design tool. Asana’s Creative Cloud integration also makes it easy to share files and get your assets from Asana into your design tool. Click here to see how the end-to-end solution helps creative and marketing teams manage every step in the process from kickoff to launch.

Changes to a logo in Adobe Illustrator are documented in Asana via the Creative Cloud integration.

The goal with this integration is to make it so designers ultimately spend less time tracking down important information or communicating updates, something that’s been made even more difficult as many people are now required to work from home.

Download the Asana integration with Creative Cloud.

Smartsheet

Smartsheet is a highly customizable collaborative work management platform, and when paired with Adobe Creative Cloud, it makes it easy to store, share, and collaborate on creative assets. Designers are able to find and review all their assignment details right in the Creative Cloud app they use to design, and when your work is ready for review, you can upload and share proofs, manage versions, request feedback, and more all in the same tool. Stakeholders then review, provide annotated feedback, and sign off on your work, creating a seamless communication pipeline without requiring you to switch apps.

The Smartsheet integration with Creative Cloud was built to keep everyone in sync, embracing the reality that designers, managers, and stakeholders often need to work in separate tools (that, ironically, need to work together). This should streamline communication at this challenging time.

Download the Smartsheet integration with Creative Cloud.

Workfront

Workfront is an enterprise work management tool that is all about helping people get things done across large organizations. In managing large campaigns and projects, it can be difficult to handle creative work and keep track of it in a large pipeline, especially when you’re not able to connect with collaborators in person. No one wants to switch between design tools and work management tools, so the integration with Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to send your Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator files to Workfront for review by stakeholders, without ever having to leave your Creative Cloud tool. Workfront’s integrations span the end to end workflow with Adobe Creative Cloud, AEM Assets, Campaign and Analytics integrations to connect creative and marketing teams. Click here to learn more.

Exporting a proof from Adobe InDesign to Workfront using the Creative Cloud integration.

Ultimately, Workfront and Creative Cloud’s integration allows you to manage work without having to toggle between windows. This will eliminate interruptions and allow you to just concentrate on creative work, at a time when there may be more distractions that usual in your home office.

Download the Workfront integration with Creative Cloud.

Wrike

Wrike is a collaborative work tool, designed to help teams keep communication open when they can’t be physically together. Its goal is to streamline and centralize the entire workflow process, from beginning to end. Its integration with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro means creatives can be part of this process too, without disruption – it allows you to access a Wrike virtual workspace right from whatever Creative Cloud app you’re working in, to allow you to stay in the tool of your choice while still staying synced with your team..

Wrike’s power is that it can really speed up the review and approval process, when used with Creative Cloud, and effectively streamlines the crossover point between the creative and work management processes. The goal here is to reduce stress at times when teams may already be stretched in new ways. Click here to learn how Wrike integration with Creative Cloud helped OSF Healthcare streamline creative delivery.

Download the Wrike integration with Creative Cloud.

inMotionNow

inMotion ignite is a work management tool specifically there to assist with creative projects, from brief to final delivery. Its integration with Creative Cloud streamlines the review and approval process even further. Designers can route assets for review straight from Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, which will save unnecessary switching away from creative tools.

Reviewing an inMontion ignite design proof directly in Photoshop via the Creative Cloud integration.

ignite’s integration with Creative Cloud also brings real-time notifications into apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. This means you can stay up-to-date on new assignments, feedback, and team communications without ever needing to leave the tools you love, which should make it a little easier to stay connected and get work done at the same time when working from home. Click here to learn more.

Download the inMotionNow integration with Creative Cloud.

How Adobe and partners are helping customers during these difficult times

The above integrations present a few ways you can supercharge your work life, despite the work from home challenges you might be facing. Adobe is working hard to support you, too, during these challenging times. We’ve rolled out a series of initiatives aimed at making things easier for creatives and creative teams as they adjust to work-from-home situations. You can see news and access resources from Adobe on our COVID-19 hub.

We’re also proud to work with partners, like those above, that are stepping up to help the design community at this time. Asana, for example, is offering free one-year Asana Business subscriptions to non-profits working on the front lines of Coronavirus research and testing. Workfront is offering free consultation packages for customers in need of flexible work solutions, right now, and is adjusting payment plans for customers in the hardest-hit industries.

Other partners have created detailed COVID-19 resource hubs. Smartsheet, which has also created a free government product offering to help agencies at this time, has rolled out its COVID response center. inMotionNow has done the same and is offering its product to new customers for free for 90 days.

Adobe Creative Cloud has many other partners, as well, that are working to help those affected at this time. Check out how Creative Cloud integrations with Gmail, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Jira Software and others are making remote work easier for teams across the globe.

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Topics: Design, Creativity, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

Products: Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud