Learn how to create micro-interactions using auto-animate.

With auto-animate, you can easily create animated prototypes with YouTube swipe/drag or ripple effects that help you visualize the movement of content across artboards. This helps you tell a better prototype story while adding a rich layer to the overall user experience.

Ripple interactions in a website
Ripple effect in a website
Swipe and drag effect on a touch enabled device
Swipe and drag effect on a touch enabled device

Create an animated prototype

  1. Before you begin:

    • Objects you want to animate should have the same layer name across artboards.
    • You can animate only specific object properties such as size, position, and rotation; read Object properties to know more.
  2. Wire the artboards in the prototype mode. 

  3. Click the connector to view the interaction panel that appears in Property Inspector and set the following options:

    • Trigger: Select an option to trigger an animation. For example, to simulate a tapping card experience, select Tap. 
    • Action: Select Auto-Animate.
    • Destination: Select the destination artboard to transition the animation.
    • Easing: Select an option to simulate easing effects. For example, select Ease Out if you want your animations to ease out from your prototype.
    Auto-animate workflow
    Auto-animate workflow

    A. Select the trigger type B. Select action to auto-animate C. Select the destination artboard D. Select easing effects 
  4. Select    in the XD app to preview your animations in supported browsers on desktop, mobile or web. To share your prototype with your stakeholders from the XD desktop app, click Share and select Share for Review.

Examples and sample files

Want to learn the nuts and bolts of auto-animate? Get started with this UI kit that has basic interactions, UI elements, drag examples, and much more.

You can also use more such sample files to put auto-animate to test.

Want to achieve a YouTube swipe effect without the hassle of timelines and key frames?

Wire up your artboards and select these options in the trigger head-up-display:

  • Trigger: select Drag.  
  • Action: select Auto-Animate.
  • Destination: select the destination artboard to transition the animation.
  • Easing: select an option to create easing effects. For example, select Ease In-Out to ease in-out your animations from your prototype.

Do download the sample files and try them yourself or watch this video for more information.

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Want to learn how to create an animated mobile menu with an ease in effect? 

  1. Download the sample files.
  2. In the prototype mode, wire the hamburger menu to the home_expanded artboard and select the following options in the trigger head-up-display:
  • Trigger: select Tap.  
  • Action: select Auto-Animate.
  • Destination: select the destination artboard to transition the animation.
  • Easing: select Ease In effect.
  • Duration: select the duration to 0.8 seconds.

Want to add advanced animations to your designs? Watch this video for working with After-Effects. 

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You can also check out the XD community for more such tutorials and sample files.

Best practices

Did you know that you can play around with the various easing options to change the user experience of your animated prototypes? Read on for best practices and watch some nifty tricks on using auto-animate.

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