Photoshop: How do I make photoshop library images a part of the file so people can share it without needing all the image links?!

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I find the photoshop libraries to be terrible when sharing files. I work at a big agency and all it takes is one person to put smart objects from their library into their photoshop file and it messes up everyone else trying to use it! I asked her to include the images so I could open the file, so she put them in a folder on the server, but when I open the original photoshop file, it still has the yellow yield sign on each layer. So first comment is, please remove the libraries! I hate them across the board, even in InDesign. The pallet is fine, the library is confusing and doesn't put things in the color pallet and you can't click on it to change the color of art anyway. So what's the point?! But back to photoshop...how do I now take each image that isn't a normal smart object that can just open right up...and make it one? How do I remove the yield sign? When we send these files out, all the extra library images are NOT collected, which is really bad if something gets to the vendor and needs to be changed. This is really not a good feature when people share files and release them to vendors. How do I get around this? I'm very frustrated. Thank you.
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It's hard to say what the fix is without knowing all the details about your workflow, but i'd say the first place to start is by using Linked Smart Objects instead of regular SO's. And when you're prepping a job to go out, you can use the File/Package command to make sure all assets are included. I think what it really comes down to though is that your QC is making sure to open up all assets before delivery. 
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So what's the point?!
So that the designer can make changes to a single file that are propagated to, potentially, hundreds of files. To change the look of an "ok" button on 50 mockups becomes much easier and less error prone.
How do I remove the yield sign?
Right click the title of the layer in the layers panel and find "Update All Modified Content..." the yield sign means it thinks the cloud object may be out of dste, not that it is missing.

How do I now take each image that isn't a normal smart object that can just open right up...and make it one?
Right click on the layer title in the layer panel and find "Embed smart object" or "Convert to Embedded" can't remember offhand while on my phone.

File->package will download cloud files and make them linked files in a folder with your psd, I think?
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Thanks for the comments. I'm actually trying to do the opposite than the first suggestion. I never want links in Photoshop because I'd never package from photoshop. I place my psd's into InDesign and do page layout and package from there. If I do that...it won't grab the second generation links in photoshop. But our problem is...working in an office environment and not just on my own...I get photoshop files from the artists and need to refine them. With this new odd way of linking, I end up getting their image, as packaged from InDesign, and I can't open it because it's missing the links. I just want regular smart objects in Photoshop....never any links, we don't see a purpose for that. So I'm still trying to figure out how to take what they did and unlink everything, but keep them in as smart objects. I find this library/link thing pointless. We worked much better and more efficiently sharing files and changing them without it. Now I have about 10 extra steps. BTW, I'm on a mac, I don't have a right-click mouse to do some of things suggested. What's the alternative to that? Thanks!
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If you want to place library assets into a doc without having it linked, hold down the Alt/Opt key while dragging it from your Library onto your document.
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Thanks! What if I don't use the library at all? I always copy and paste...or duplicate layer, to get images into other images. We don't use libraries at all. But my problem is still when I pick up a photoshop file from someone else and they have linked images. Either they don't include them...probably because no one is used to packaging out of PS, and frankly I think it's silly and time consuming. Or if they send a folder along with the linked images, can I convert those to not be links? Again, needing the simplicity of ONE photoshop file without all the extras so that multiple people can use it without missing something like links...as it's forwarded and updated. I'm afraid I'm just not liking that photoshop is trying to cater to the digital world in the same platform us print people have been working for 30 years. And the changes are making it more difficult and time consuming for print people ;0(
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Just an FYI, Debbi... using a linked Smart Object workflow from PS to ID for use in print is a massive game changer. You can save hours, if not days, off production time when you get it set up right. It's very, very worth exploring the options and possibilities if you have the opportunity to.
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You mean placing photoshop images into InDesign? Or something with the new library links? Honestly...I don't even like or understand the new library color pallet in Illustrator...because it doesn't put the colors into swatches. I work so much faster copying and pasting and using from pallets. I just have no use for a library in the size office we work in. Images change too much per job.