Get started with artboards in Adobe XD
- Adobe XD User Guide
- What's new in Adobe XD
- Common questions
- Design, prototype, and share with Adobe XD
- Color Management
- System requirements
- Workspace basics
- Change app language in Adobe XD
- Access UI design kits
- Accessibility in Adobe XD
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Tips and tricks
- Artboards, guides, and layers
- Shapes, objects, and path
- Text and fonts
- Components and states
- Masking and effects
- Videos and Lottie animations
- Create interactive prototypes
- Animate prototypes
- Object properties supported for auto-animate
- Create prototypes with keyboard and gamepad
- Create prototypes using voice commands and playback
- Create timed transitions
- Add overlays
- Design voice prototypes
- Create anchor links
- Create hyperlinks
- Preview designs and prototypes
- Share, export, and review
- Share selected artboards
- Share designs and prototypes
- Set access permissions for links
- Work with prototypes
- Review prototypes
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- Inspect design specs
- Navigate design specs
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- Export design assets
- Export and download assets from design specs
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- Work with external assets
- Work with design assets from Photoshop
- Copy and paste assets from Photoshop
- Import or open Photoshop designs
- Work with Illustrator assets in Adobe XD
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- Copy vectors from Illustrator to XD
- Plugins for Adobe XD
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- Jira integration for XD
- Slack plugin for XD
- Zoom plug-in for XD
- Publish design from XD to Behance
- XD for iOS and Android
- Known and fixed issues
- Installation and updates
- Launch and crash
- Cloud documents and Creative Cloud Libraries
- Prototype, publish, and review
- Import, export, and working with other apps
Learn how to use artboards to create your design projects in XD.
Meet Jeanee, a graphic designer who has been chosen to lead a UX design project. She is pitching Adobe XD to her team, the members of which have varying levels of expertise with UX design and tools.
Jeanee is training herself on basic design terminologies and working with artboards to create her first prototype in XD. Read on to learn how we can help her get started.
Before you proceed
Set up artboards in 4 easy steps
What is an artboard? Artboards represent the screens in your application or pages in your website. It streamlines the design processes and creates interactive designs for multiple screen sizes in a single document. Use artboards to create your XD project.
Read on to learn how you can set up your artboards.
Create a new artboard
Adobe XD provides you with artboards for popular screen sizes such as those for different versions of iPhones, iPads, and Web. You can create a custom artboard if the choices do not meet your requirements.
Use an existing artboard from Photoshop and Illustrator
With XD 57 and later versions, you get consistent colors when you use an existing asset with an sRGB color profile from Photoshop and Illustrator into an XD document with an sRGB color profile. If the XD document has an Unmanaged color profile, you get a message that prompts you to switch the color profile to sRGB.
Changed your mind about the artboard size? Resize them. You can also rename them based on your design needs. Want to create more artboards and manage their placement? Duplicate and rearrange them.
Apply layout or square grids
Now that you have created your first artboard, learn how to add visual and text elements, change the background, and create scroll effects.
Add visual and text elements
Now that your basic artboard is in place, you can create or modify the background color, add graphics, and create or format text styles into reusable assets. Want to create an editable grid of repeated elements? Use Repeat Grids.
Create scrollable artboards
The final design
Now that you know enough about artboards, you can play around with what you’ve learned so far and create more amazing artboards for your design projects.
Tips and tricks
Now that you've got the basics of artboards in XD, here are some handy tips and tricks:
- To measure the distance of an object from the edges of an artboard, click the object and press the Option (on macOS) or Alt (on Windows) keys.
- To turn OFF the scroll option in an artboard, select the artboard and in the Property Inspector, change Scrolling to None.
For more pro tips on working with artboards, follow @Elainecchao, XD Product Manager on Twitter.