Link Photoshop Layers In Different Files: CanLinkIt

Let's say you have created a website design in Photoshop and the project consists of 3 files: homepage.psd, subpage.psd and blog.psd. And, you are using some common elements in all three like buttons, the background, etc.

Wouldn't it be great "only to update these common elements" and all the PSDs were updated?

CanLinkIt, a Photoshop plugin does that. It can link any PSD or image file Photoshop files to another.

Photoshop - CanLinkIt

The linked files are not updated automatically but this feature is triggered manually (with an "Update All" button) considering you may not want this synchronization to happen for some elements.

Also, for anyone designing a project as a team and using a file sync/storage service like Dropbox, you can edit one file while your teammate is working on a piece of that file and it's only one click to merge them.

  • Crazy, yesterday I was thinking about how much I needed this. Adobe FireWorks has a similar feature, it’s great to see the community provide this kind of functionality to Ps.

  • Rologica

    Photoshop can do this itself too, via smart objects…

  • Sam

    On top of SmartObjects, doesn’t using “Place” yield something similar?

  • Kaptinlin

    It’s similar with photoshop SmartObjects’s “Place” action, but it can help you updated all linked smart object by clicking just on button.

    Great plugin indeed!