You can quickly draw simple icons and graphics in Adobe XD using the drawing tools on the left toolbar - the rectangle, ellipse, line, and pen tools. The selection tool helps you select specific line, shapes, or objects to edit them.
You can then combine these shapes in different ways to create compound shapes and objects, or mask portions of the shape. For more information on combining and masking techniques, see Edit objects using Boolean operations and masking techniques.
- To adjust the radius of a single corner only, do one of the following:
- Hold the Option key (Mac) or the Alt key (Win), click the handle of the corner, and drag your mouse.
- Edit each corner radius value individually after selecting in the Property Inspector.
- To adjust the radius of all the corners simultaneously, do one of the following:
- Click a corner radius and drag your mouse.
- Edit the value of the radius after selecting in the Property Inspector.
- To adjust the radius of a single corner only, do one of the following:
The simplest path you can draw with the Pen tool is a straight line, made by clicking the Pen tool to create two anchor points. By continuing to click, you create a path made of straight-line segments connected by corner points.
To convert an anchor point from straight to curved and the opposite way, double-click the anchor point.
You create a curve by adding an anchor point where a curve changes direction, and dragging the direction lines that shape the curve. The length and slope of the direction lines determine the shape of the curve.
Curves are easier to edit and your system can display and print them faster if you draw them using as few anchor points as possible. Using too many points can also introduce unwanted bumps in a curve. Instead, draw widely spaced anchor points, and practice shaping curves by adjusting the length and angles of the direction lines.
To toggle between drawing mode and edit mode, press the Esc key.
You can also enter the 'path edit mode' by double-clicking the shape or path. In this mode, anchor points of the shape are visible, but moving the mouse does not draw anything. You can manipulate existing anchor/control points or insert new anchor points on existing segments on path.
When drawing with the pen tool, you can perform all the edits described above in addition to drawing new segments.
When you select the pen tool, all paths on the artboard under the mouse display handles over their start and end point. To continue drawing the path from that point, click one of the handles .
Extending a closed path reopens the path and then puts the pen tool in drawing mode for that path.
Double-click the drawing to view the anchor points. You can then click an anchor point to select it. To select multiple anchor points, hold Shift and select the anchor points, or marquee select the anchor points using the Selection tool.
Nudge the selected anchor points using your keyboard, drag them using mouse, or edit their properties (x and y-coordinates) in the Property Inspector.
While placing a new anchor point or dragging an existing anchor point, snap lines appear when an anchor is vertically or horizontally near another anchor point. Hold down the Cmd /Ctrl key to disable anchor point snapping.
Double-click the drawing to select it and view the existing anchor points. Click the path to add new anchor points at the cursor location.
The Polygon tool helps you create a range of new shapes, from triangles to rhombus, pentagons or any polygons with up to 100 sides.
On the artboard or canvas, click and drag to draw the shape of the desired size. You’ll notice that the default shape is a triangle.
To change the Corner Radius of the polygon, click and drag the radius decoration handle from the upper corner of the shape, or click the Corner Radius field in the Property Inspector, and enter the desired value.
Every shape has one radius decoration handle. You cannot change the corner radius of each side of the shape.
|Drawing tool||Keyboard shortcut on MacOS||Keyboard shortcut on Windows|
Enter zoom in mode: Z
To temporarily activate zoom in and zoom out:
Enter zoom in mode: Z
To temporarily activate zoom in:
|Zoom to Selection||⌘3||Ctrl + 3
Measure distances between an object and the artboard, or an object and other surrounding objects by clicking the object and pressing the Option key on Mac, or the Alt key on Windows.
If the selected object is not a square or a rectangle, then XD draws a bounding box around the object. It then displays the measurements from the boundaries of the bounding box.
To measure an object's distance from the edges of the artboard:
Simply click the object and press the Option key (on Mac), or Alt key (on Windows).
Adobe XD measures the distances and displays the measurements for as long as you press the Option or Alt key.
To measure an object's distance from other objects in the artboard:
Click the object, press the Option (on Mac) or Alt (on Windows) key, and hover the mouse over other objects.
Adobe XD measures the distances between the closest boundaries of both the objects and displays the measurements as long as you press the Option or Alt key.
Click the text tool and click at the location where you want the text to begin. Type the text and press Esc to commit your text changes, or Return to go to the next line.
When you type text by selecting a point on your canvas, you get a horizontal line of text that begins where you click and expands as you enter characters. Each line of text is independent—the line expands or shrinks as you edit it, but doesn’t wrap to the next line. Entering text this way is useful for adding a few words to your artwork.
You can type text over other objects and arrange the text to appear in the front using the Object > Arrange options.
Click the Text tool, click at the location you want the text on the canvas and drag to define the text area. Then, click inside the area to begin typing text.
When you define a text area, the boundaries of an object control the flow of characters, either horizontally or vertically. When the text reaches a boundary, it automatically wraps to fit inside the defined area. Entering text this way is useful when you want to create one or more paragraphs, such as for a brochure.
From the Edit menu, select Turn Spellcheck On. The spell check feature works only on the incorrect text in the text container. Misspelled words are underlined in red and auto-corrected words are underlined in blue. Grammatical errors are highlighted with a green underline.
Right-click the misspelled word and select the contextually accurate spelling from the suggested list.
To revert the auto-corrected spellings to the word you initially entered, press Cmd + Z on Mac OS and Ctrl + Z on Windows OS.
You can switch between point and area text with one click.
Select a text object and toggle between the Point text and Area text options in the Property Inspector.
You can easily include pre-written text to your artboard using one of the following methods:
- Drag a text file on to the artboard.
You can easily include pre-written text in your design by simply dragging a plain text file to your artboard. This action creates an area text on the artboard with the contents of the text file.
- Drag a text file on to a repeating grid.
You can also drag a text file (with new lines) on to and drag that file over a text component on a repeating grid. All of the text elements are populated with the text from that file.
For more information, see Drag a return-separated text file to your text object in a Repeat Grid.
- Copy and paste text on to the artboard.
You can also copy and paste text on to the artboard, creating an area text element that you can easily move and edit in Adobe XD.
Click the text and drag the handle to change the size of the typeface. This feature is available only for point text.
Click the text and then specify the type, font size, and text alignment for the text using the Property Inspector.
You can also select individual words or characters in a block of text and format those sections alone.
To change character spacing, click the text object and specify the character spacing using the Character Spacing option in the Property Inspector.
To change the character spacing in a subset of text, select the text and modify the character spacing in milli-ems using the Property Inspector.
To change the line spacing, click the text area, and then specify the line spacing using the Line Spacing option in the Property Inspector.
To reset the line height to the default, enter 0 in the Line Spacing option in the Property Inspector.
Similar to Photoshop and InDesign, Adobe XD allows you to change the space before and after paragraphs within the same text element.
To change the paragraph spacing, select a paragraph and click the paragraph icon in the Formatting panel. Change the spacing value as per requirement.
To apply any of the text transformations, select the text that you want to change. From the Property Inspector, select any of the following options:
- Uppercase icon (TT) to set the text to uppercase.
- Lowercase icon (tt) to set the text to lowercase.
- Title case icon (Tt) to set the text to title case.
- Text superscript icon to set the text to superscript.
- Text subscript icon to set the text to subscript.
To underline text, click the text area, and then click the Underline icon in the Property Inspector. XD draws a smooth underline that breaks around the descenders in text (creating a more aesthetic line).
To strikethrough text, select the text area, from the Property Inspector, click the Strikethrough icon. A smooth line is drawn right in the center of the text, making it appear like it has been struck over.
To make global style changes easily, apply text transformation or strikethrough to Character Styles.
In the Assets Panel, save a style that you use across the document as a character style. Then, right-click on the character style and select Edit option from the drop-down menu. Choose one of the uppercase, lowercase, title case or strikethrough options and the text using that character style will change across the document.
Use the math calculation to create designs with greater precision or move objects to a new location or modify the width and height.
Select one or more objects. In the Property Inspector, perform simple math in any box that accepts numeric values. Adobe XD supports +, -./, * math operations to calculate the changes.
For example, if you want to move selected object 3 units to the right using the current measurement units, enter +3 after the current value.
In the Property Inspector text box that accepts numerical values, do one of the following:
- To replace the entire current value with a mathematical expression, select the entire current value.
- To use the current value as part of a mathematical expression, click before or after the current value.
Adobe XD can only perform one operation at a time. That is, it can handle “4in+2p”, but it cannot handle “4in+2p-1p” because they are construed as two different operations.