PHOTOSHOP - Design Space Preview and placing CC library objects so content can be edited without affecting other objects

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Hey there,

Currently using Design Space preview and loving it - especially the new search (CTRL+F) function. The one thing I'm having trouble with is placing assets from CC libraries. They always place as a linked library object when you use the search shortcut, so I can't edit them without editing every single instance of that object.

I use libraries for things like buttons, so when I'm designing I need to be able to change the text on the button from "Button" to something more realistic. I initially thought this would be a Design Space problem, but the more I think about it, the more I think a new CC library type would be a better solution. These are the two ways I could see this being implemented that would help me:

A new CC library type which groups layer styles, character styles, and colors with editable default content for a smart starting point for frequently used elements.  On a button, it would be ideal if I had the shape, styles, and text available to me in separate layers in Photoshop when I drag this type of item in, or add it with the new search function in Design Preview. The only things I really need to edit separately in this type of item are the actual button text (not font styles, etc) and the button width, to accommodate that text. Similarly, with a callout, I might need to edit the actual text of a title - but not the text styles, colors, etc. Right now, I use Graphics for this purpose in my library, but it's not really appropriate - I have to unlink it from the library to get to what I need, giving up all the benefits of making a library item in the first place. 

Or - an option to place graphics from the CC library as unlinked/layers by default. It may actually be that a graphic using linked layer styles, character styles, and colors, if placed as an unlinked object, works just like what I described above - I haven't tried it. If it did, though, an option in Preferences to always place graphics as layers instead of library objects would work just as well for me. That way, when I search in Design Preview, it would place as layers.

Even if the behavior is the same as in option 2, I think of an element that behaves like I describe more as a template or element than a graphic, so it may still be worth considering giving this a new "type" that places as layers by default, unlike the graphic, to avoid confusion. The first suggestion would definitely be my preference

Goal: I'd like to be able to place groups of layers from the library, which keep character styles, colors, and layer styles synced to my library, in my PSDs using the new search function in Design Preview. 

Thank you for taking the time to listen - I hope you take this suggestion into consideration, as it would be an INCREDIBLE help to me as a web designer - and I'm sure it would be huge for UI designers that regularly work with large libraries of elements that need to have the flexibilty to adjust content without sacrificing the link to libraries with design.
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Ashley Kolodziej

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