Jump start a brand new project in Adobe XD CC by learning how to set up a new design project.

What you'll need

This sample file is an Adobe Stock asset you can use to practice what you learn in this tutorial. If you want to use the sample file beyond this tutorial, you can purchase a license on Adobe Stock. Check out the ReadMe file in the folder for the terms that apply to your use of this sample file.

What you learned: How to set up a new XD project

Understand artboards

Artboards in Adobe XD represent the screens in your app design or pages in your web design. When you start a new project in XD, you determine what size to start with for your artboards.

Choose a document size in the Start screen

With XD launched, you will see the Start screen. The Start screen is where you can create a new project from a series of default artboard sizes or a custom size. You can also access a list of recently opened files, UI kits, resources, and a beginners tutorial.

  • Choose a preset artboard size from the appropriate menu
  • For a custom size, type the values into the width and height fields below the Custom icon

Tip: By clicking the Custom size icon in the Start screen, you can start a document without any artboards. This can be useful if you want to create a series of artboards quickly or are unsure of the artboard size you need to start with.

Save your document

  • After your XD document is open in Adobe XD, you will want to save it. You can choose File > Save As, name the file, and choose a location for it.

 

Up next: Add and edit artboards

 

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