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Workspace basics

  1. Adobe XD User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's new in Adobe XD
    2. Common questions
    3. Design, prototype, and share with Adobe XD
    4. System requirements
      1. Hardware and software requirements
      2. Adobe XD, Big Sur, and Apple silicon | macOS 11
    5. Workspace basics
    6. Change app language in Adobe XD
    7. Access UI design kits
    8. Accessibility in Adobe XD
    9. Keyboard shortcuts
    10. Tips and tricks
    11. Adobe XD subscription options
    12. Changes to XD Starter Plan
  3. Design
    1. Artboards, guides, and layers
      1. Get started with artboards
      2. Use guides and grids
      3. Create scrollable artboards
      4. Work with layers
      5. Create scroll groups
    2. Shapes, objects, and path
      1. Select, resize, and rotate objects
      2. Move, align, distribute, and arrange objects
      3. Group, lock, duplicate, copy, and flip objects
      4. Set stroke, fill, and drop shadow for objects
      5. Create repeating elements
      6. Create perspective designs with 3D transforms
      7. Edit objects using Boolean operations
    3. Text and fonts
      1. Work with drawing and text tools
      2. Fonts in Adobe XD
    4. Components and states
      1. Work with components
      2. Work with nested components
      3. Add multiple states to components
    5. Masking and effects
      1. Create a mask with shapes
      2. Work with blur effects
      3. Create and modify gradients
      4. Apply blend effects
    6. Layout
      1. Responsive resize and constraints
      2. Set fixed padding for components and groups
      3. Create dynamic designs with stacks
    7. Videos and Lottie animations
      1. Work with videos
      2. Create prototypes using videos
      3. Work with Lottie animations
  4. Prototype
    1. Create interactive prototypes
    2. Animate prototypes
    3. Object properties supported for auto-animate
    4. Create prototypes with keyboard and gamepad
    5. Create prototypes using voice commands and playback
    6. Create timed transitions
    7. Add overlays
    8. Design voice prototypes
    9. Create anchor links
    10. Create hyperlinks
    11. Preview designs and prototypes
  5. Share, export, and review
    1. Share selected artboards
    2. Share designs and prototypes
    3. Set access permissions for links
    4. Work with prototypes
    5. Review prototypes
    6. Work with design specs
    7. Share design specs
    8. Inspect design specs
    9. Navigate design specs
    10. Review and comment design specs
    11. Export design assets
    12. Export and download assets from design specs
    13. Group sharing for enterprise
  6. Design systems
    1. Design systems with Creative Cloud Libraries
    2. Work with document assets in Adobe XD
    3. Work with Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe XD
    4. Migrate from linked assets to Creative Cloud Libraries
    5. Work with design tokens 
    6. Use assets from Creative Cloud Libraries
  7. Cloud documents
    1. Cloud documents in Adobe XD
    2. Collaborate and coedit designs
    3. Coedit documents shared with you
  8. Integrations and plugins
    1. Work with external assets
    2. Work with design assets from Photoshop
    3. Copy and paste assets from Photoshop
    4. Import or open Photoshop designs
    5. Work with Illustrator assets in Adobe XD
    6. Open or import Illustrator designs
    7. Copy vectors from Illustrator to XD
    8. Plugins for Adobe XD
    9. Create and manage plugins
    10. Jira integration for XD
    11. Slack plugin for XD
    12. Zoom plug-in for XD
    13. Publish design from XD to Behance
  9. XD for iOS and Android
    1. Preview on mobile devices
    2. Adobe XD on mobile FAQ
  10. Troubleshooting
    1. Known and fixed issues
      1. Known issues
      2. Fixed issues
    2. Installation and updates
      1. XD appears as not compatible on Windows
      2. Error code 191
      3. Error code 183
      4. Issues installing XD plugins
      5.  Prompt to uninstall and reinstall XD on Windows 10
      6. Issues with preferences migration
    3. Launch and crash
      1.  XD crashes when launched on Windows 10
      2.  XD quits when you sign out of Creative Cloud
      3. Issue with subscription status on Windows
      4. Blocked-app warning when launching  XD on Windows
      5. Crash dump generation on Windows
      6. Crash log collection and sharing
    4. Cloud documents and Creative Cloud Libraries
      1. Issues with XD cloud documents
      2. Issues with linked components
      3. Issues with libraries and links
    5. Prototype, publish, and review
      1. Unable to record prototype interactions on macOS Catalina
      2. Issues with publish workflows
      3. Published  links do not appear in browsers
      4. Prototypes do not render correctly in browsers
      5. Commenting panel suddenly showing up on shared links
      6. Unable to publish libraries
    6. Import, export, and working with other apps
      1. Import and export in XD
      2. Photoshop files in XD
      3. Illustrator files in XD
      4. Export to After Effects from XD
      5. Sketch files in XD
      6. Third-party apps not visible in Export

Learn about the XD interface and how to change the app language from English.

In Adobe XD, you create and manipulate your designs and prototypes using various elements, such as toolbars, panels, and Property Inspector. These elements form the workspace of Adobe XD.

Home screen

The Home screen gives you quick access to learn tab, cloud documents, cloud documents shared with you and deleted, manage links, artboard presets, and recent files.

XD Home screen

A. Home B. Learn C. Your files D. Shared with you E. Manage links F. Deleted G. Recent files H. Artboard presets 

The Home screen in XD shows the following options:

Tab

Description

Learn

Access all the tutorials related to features, tools, and workflows in XD. 

Your files

View the list of cloud documents that you have saved in XD. You can organize your personal XD cloud documents in folders. For more information on how to get started with cloud documents, see Cloud documents in XD.

Shared with you

View the list of cloud documents shared by different stakeholders for review.

Manage links...

Manage links direct you to assets.web.com. View and access the cloud documents from the Cloud documents section in the Files menu. You can view the documents either in a grid or list view, sort them by name or by date of modification.

Deleted

Find the complete list of cloud documents deleted. You can choose to restore the documents or delete them permanently.

Recent files

View the list of recently accessed XD files.

Artboard presets

Get started with your design project by selecting one of the preset artboard sizes on the home screen. You can choose from different options that are listed under of iPhone, Web, social media presets, or even define your own custom artboard size. For more information on artboards, see Working with artboards.

Workspace overview

macOS

Adobe XD workspace on Mac
Adobe XD workspace on Mac

A. Main menu B. Design mode C. Prototype mode D. Share mode E. Invite to document F. Preview on device G. Preview H. Property inspector I. Pasteboard J. Artboard K. Plugins L. Layers M. Libraries N. Toolbar 

The workspace in macOS includes the following options:

Option Description
Main menu Access File, Edit, Object, View, Window, and Help menus and the submenus within them
Design mode Create and design the artboards that make up your project. You can choose to import assets created using other tools or from the web, or create graphics in XD.
Prototype mode Link artboards together, create video demos of the design (currently only on macOS), prototype your design in a browser or a device, and share them with stakeholders for review.
Invite to document Enable Coediting and invite your fellow designers to simultaneously access and edit your XD document.
Share mode Create and share links for design reviews, development, presentations, and user testing. 
Preview on device Connect multiple devices through USB to your desktop machine, set them up to transfer data, and view them live.
Preview Test your prototype within Adobe XD using the desktop preview or the Adobe XD app on your iOS or Android device.
Property Inspector

Define various properties of objects and manipulate them using different options in the Property Inspector. For example, you can specify backgrounds, fills, borders, shadows, alignments, and dimensions of objects. You can also combine objects together to make entirely new objects.

To lay out repeating elements, use the Repeat Grid option in the Property Inspector. Use the Fixed Position option to fix the position of multiple elements on scroll. You can also use the math calculation to create designs with greater precision or move objects to a new location or modify its width and height.

Toolbar (Plugins, Layers, Assets, and tools) Access the selection tool, drawing tools, text tool, artboard tool, the Assets, and Layers panel.

Application

toolbar

Access the Design mode, Prototype mode, zoom levels of the canvas, preview, and sharing options.
Work area Contains the canvas or artboards with the assets that you create.

Windows

Adobe XD workspace on Windows
Adobe XD workspace on Windows

A. Main menu B. Design mode C. Prototype mode D. Share mode E. Preview on device F. Preview G. Zoom percentage H. Property Inspector I. Pasteboard J. Artboards K. Plugins L. Layers M. Libraries  N. Toolbar 

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