I'm attempting to create a shorter process/template for creating display banners that involve text/imagery without having to manually update each artboard. I use both Photoshop and Illustrator, but unlike Illustrator, Photoshop has smart objects that automatically update.

Does anyone know of a way to update any graphics, text, etc on multiple artboards in Illustrator that are linked? I've tried updating assets in the cc library but it only updates within the library itself, not placed objects. It'd be incredibly insightful if anyone has a better process for creating mass amounts of digital banners that can be updated more efficiently!

  • Not certain I understand. Anything which is linked in an Illustrator file, i.e. shows in the Link panel, should update upon opening the AI file, or present a warning informing that the link has changed and ask if you want to update it.
    – Scott
    May 19, 2018 at 3:24
  • The Adobe Illustrator always update a linked file when we edit it and switch back to Illustrator.
    – LeoNas
    Jun 18, 2018 at 19:33

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The best solution for your needs is libraries. Just create your item/asset and then use the option called "Place Linked".

All changes that you'll make in the item will update automatically in all documents with this item. I've just tested this case.

PS. I cannot add comments to post so I've added an answer.

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