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Adobe Team Projects: how to collaborate creatively

How to collaborate creatively with Adobe Team Projects
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Adobe Team Projects is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud – one of the leading cloud-based tools  for creatives. The comprehensive platform includes photography and design software, video editing tools, and more. But did you know that though Team Projects, it’s possible to collaborate on some of these software platforms?

Video editors, video directors, and graphic designers can collaborate remotely in the cloud on projects that are hosted on multiple platforms, thanks to Adobe Team Projects. These include video editing software Premiere Pro, motion graphics editor After Effects, Adobe’s post-production tagging tool Prelude, and audio and video encoder Media Encoder. In this article, we explain how to use the Team Projects feature and what you can expect from the collaborative process

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Adobe Team Projects: how to collaborate creatively

01. Adobe Team Projects: Preparation

The first thing you need to do is ensure that you’re signed up to a compatible Creative Cloud plan. The Team Projects feature is available to both Creative Cloud for enterprise and Creative Cloud for teams users. This includes both All App plans and single app subscriptions for Premiere Pro and After Effects. 

There are no extra system requirements, and these collaborative features will work as long as you have the correct hardware and software to support the existing apps. 

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The Creative Cloud hub lists all available Adobe software platforms and displays invite notifications (Image credit: Adobe)

02. Adobe Team Projects: Launching the required service

Step one is to launch the service you wish to collaborate on. Team Projects is compatible with any version of Premiere Pro, After Effects, Prelude, or Media Encoder from October 2018 onwards. So, if you’re currently using an outdated version of the software, now is the time to update it. 

If you haven’t already, you need to sign in to Creative Cloud. You can either use your Adobe credentials to do this, or you can log in via Google or Facebook. Once you access the Creative Cloud hub, you’ll be able to see all of the services you’re signed up for.

03. Adobe Team Projects: Update your profile

When you collaborate on Team Projects, your profile image and information are displayed so people can see who they’re working with. If your profile is incomplete, you might want to update your account details to make it easier for people to identify you. This is especially useful if there are lots of collaborators working on a single project. 

To do this, navigate to account.adobe.com and log in using your Adobe credentials. Find the Profile tab and select Profile. Next, click Change to edit your name—or company name—and add a profile picture. 

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Creating a new Team Project in Premiere Pro is very straightforward (Image credit: Adobe)

04. Adobe Team Projects: Create a Team Project

If you want to invite other users to collaborate on a Team Project that you’ve created, you’ll need to either make one from scratch or convert an existing project. We’ll run through how to invite collaborators later. 

You can either create a new Team Project from the start-up screen, or do it within the app by selecting File, New, and then Team Project. 

A pop-up will appear. Give the project a name and a description, then go ahead and add collaborators if you need to at this stage. To invite people to your project, click Edit, and then add the email address of the collaborators you want to include. When everyone is added, click Invite. You can add more users later on by clicking the + symbol next to the profile images of existing collaborators when the project is open.

05. Adobe Team Projects: Converting existing projects

You can convert an existing Premiere Pro and After Effects project by following these steps. In Premiere Pro, go to Edit, select Team Project, then Convert Project to Team Project. In After Effects, it’s not possible to convert an existing project into a Team Project, but you can import it.

To do this, open the After Effects Team Project you want to work with. Next, select File, Import, then File. Choose the correct file and click Open.

06. Adobe Team Projects: Joining a new project

The following straightforward process describes how you can accept an invitation and join a Team Project. If a colleague within your organization sends you an invite asking you to collaborate on a project, you’ll be notified in the Creative Cloud desktop app. 

Now, you can either accept the invitation there and then, or navigate to File, Open Team Project, and Invites, where you can accept, reject, and view pending invitations at your leisure.

07. Adobe Team Projects: See who you’re working with

To see who’s working alongside you online, you just need to hover over the profile image of the collaborator. This will tell you if they’re online or offline. If you click on an image, it will open in a pop-up window. 

This is useful to know as you may have different requirements for different users. For example, it might be easier to plan your workflow if you know that you can identify a particular user as soon as they log on. In the meantime, you can concentrate on other areas of the project.

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You can add, remove, and manage collaborators by selecting the Manage Team Projects option (Image credit: Adobe)

08. Adobe Team Projects: Removing collaborators

In some cases, you might need to remove some of the project collaborators you’ve added. This could be because the project has come to an end or that particular person has left your organisation.

If you want to remove someone from a project, all you need to do is go to File, then Team Project Settings. Next, click Edit, choose the collaborator in question, and select Remove.

With distributed teams becoming the norm within the creative industries, collaboration tools like Adobe Team Projects are an incredibly useful resource. Cooperative work on complex software programs like Premiere Pro used to be confined to the office, where collaborators would huddle around a single screen to participate in the action. 

Now, these intricate team-based tasks can be carried out by anyone, anywhere in the world. In this guide, we walked you through the step-by-step process of how to use this tool to great effect. But if you haven’t yet downloaded the software and are still debating whether or not to commit to a plan, you can try all of Adobe’s Creative Cloud products for free

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