The main goal of any Digital Asset Management (DAM) is to be the searchable repository for your digital assets that you can access from wherever you are. 

Now it is possible to do that using integration Pics.io with Adobe CC tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator,  After Effects, Premiere Pro and InDesign.

Adobe Creative Cloud tools

How can I use Pics.io extension for Adobe tools?

  • get full access to your Pics.io library without the need to manually download and upload files via your desktop computer;
  • search for assets right in Adobe applications using different search filters (except Keywords and Custom fields) or Advanced search;
  • navigate through your collection tree to locate the necessary files;
  • open assets from Pics.io as new documents or add them as layers (for Photoshop and Illustrator);
  • upload final versions back to collections, without leaving Adobe interface (for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign);
  • save edited assets back to Pics.io as revisions. This option is available if the file format is PSD (for Photoshop), AI (for Adobe Illustrator) and INDD (for InDesign).
Pics.io extension for Adobe

How to install Pics.io extension to Adobe CC tools?

There are two ways to activate the Pics.io plugin. 

1. You can download it from Adobe Creative Cloud. After installation, you can find Pics.io if you navigate to ”Window” -> ”Extensions”. After that you should simply fill in your login credentials, and you're all set.

2. The second way involves the following steps:

  • Download Pics.io.ZXP installer on your desktop computer;
  • Download free Adobe CC extension manager
  • Pull Pics.io.ZXP file into Extension Manager window;
  • Open Adobe app and follow Window - Extensions - Pics.io path;
  • Fill in your login credentials to connect your Pics.io digital library.
How to install Pics.io extension

How can I save files edited in Adobe CC tools to Pics.io?

Once you finish designing assets in Photoshop, you need to click on the 'Save as Asset' button and select the collection where you would like to save these assets. Your newly edited assets will appear in this collection right after that.

NB! If you have set any required fields for uploading new files, they won't be available in Pics.io addon while saving the edited files back to your Pics.io library.


There are two ways of saving PSD /AI files to Pics.io from Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. You can either save the edited file to Pics.io as a new asset or upload it as a revision for the asset. To do the latter, just click on 'Save as Revision' button and a new revision will appear in the Activity panel of this asset. 

Save as Revision

How to start working with Pics.io plugin for Adobe?

Once you login to Pics.io plugin, you get access to your library where you can locate the necessary asset using search or collection tree navigation. After that, you may add Pics.io assets to your project by pressing the ‘Place’ button on thumbnails.

NB! All the Pics.io files you’re working with in the plugins for Adobe have to be stored locally. You need to choose the default working folder on your computer where the assets will be saved in. If the working directory is not chosen, you will see the corresponding error message at the bottom of Pics.io plugin.

After an asset is saved to your local folder, you may add it to your project and continue working with the app.

How to add images to my project in the addon?

To save the final result back to your Pics.io library, you need to do the following:

  • Press Cmd (Ctrl) + S on your keyboard to save the file locally;
  • After that the file name will appear at the top of the Pics.io plugin;
  • Click on the ‘Save as Asset’ button;
  • Navigate to the necessary collection and pre-fill the required fields (except keywords and custom fields) if there're any;
  • Click on ‘Save’.
Saving file process

It may take some time to generate a thumbnail for a newly uploaded file, it will appear in your Pics.io account.

NB! Files updated in the Adobe tools are saved back to Pics.io in the original format only. It's not possible to convert them to a different format.

How to work with existing INDD files?

If you have already INDD files in your Pics.io library and you want to make some changes to them, it’s possible to save the updated version back to Pics.io.

You need to click on the ‘Save as revision button’ and save the file locally before uploading it to Pics.io.

To open an asset in Pics.io just click on the ‘Open in browser’ button.

Working with Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro apps

If you're working with video files and animations, you may be interested in Pics.io integration with Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro applications. It is possible to add assets right from your Pics.io library to the projects in your After Effects and Premiere Pro apps. 

To use the Pics.io extension for Adobe AE, you need to perform the following steps (for MacOS) :

  • Open your Adobe app and click on 'Window' -> 'Extensions' -> 'Pics.io';
  • Log into your Pics.io account;
  • Create space for your project on your computer: click on 'File' -> 'Save as', type the name of your project and select the destination you'd like to save it to;
Save as in After Effects with Pics.io extension
  • After the project is saved locally, you may add necessary files from your Pics.io library to the project: mouse over the asset in Pics.io add-on and click on the 'Add to project' button.

Troubleshooting Pics.io extension for Adobe products

What to do when the plugin malfunctions:

1. Check whether you have the latest version of the plugin installed (refer to the "How to install Pics.io extension to Adobe CC tools?" section).
2. Clean your system cache according to the following instruction:

  • Mac:
    - Select the Finder menu > Go > Go To Folder... (Shift+Cmd+G)
    - Paste: ~/Library/Caches/CSXS/cep_cache/
    - Delete all folders that contain Pics.io
    - Examples: IDSN_16.1.0_Pics.io or PHXS.21.0.3_Pics.io
  • Windows:
    - Navigate to C:/Users/<USERNAME>/AppData/Local/Temp/cep_cache/
    - Delete all folders that contain Pics.io
    - Examples: IDSN_16.1.0_Pics.io or PHXS.21.0.3_Pics.io
    - Please restart your computer to complete the process

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