By Dani Beaumont
Learn how to design interactive prototypes, wireframes, and graphics using XD.
Adobe XD enables UX designers design interactive user experiences for web and mobile apps using a single app.
You can design quick and simple designs on artboards in XD. Then wire the artboards together to create an interactive prototype that you can share and iterate with stakeholders. You can also use plugins to automate repeat operations or parts of designer workflows that are tedious, complex, or repetitive.
Adobe XD integrates well with Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.
You can continue designing in your preferred applications, bring the assets into XD, and then use XD to create and share prototypes. XD supports SVG and bitmap files without any loss of fidelity. You can then enhance the assets further in Adobe XD or use them to develop interactive prototypes.
In a nutshell, the workflow can be described in the following high-level steps:
Read on for more details on designing, prototyping, and sharing in XD.
Select a preset size for the artboard. If you want to work with a custom size, type the width and height in pixels in the text fields under the custom option. If you want to specify a custom size, click the Custom Size icon.
Gather your assets in one of the following ways:
Enhance the objects in your design. For example, combine or mask objects, change stroke and fill properties, use overlay to stack content on top of a base artboard, and move or rotate objects or use responsive resize to design assets for multiple screen sizes and layouts. Use linked assets to create and maintain a single version for UI kits, sticker sheets or style guides, and share them across documents for a consistent design scalability and plugins to automate repeat operations or parts of designer workflows that are tedious, complex, or repetitive.
For more information, see:
Lay out repeating elements effortlessly using the Repeat Grid feature to create a grid out of existing content without duplicating them manually. For more information, see Create repeating elements.
Use plugins to automate repeat operations or parts of designer workflows that are tedious, complex, or repetitive. For more information, see Create and manage plugins.
You can create interactive prototypes by using voice capabilities, auto-animate, drag gestures, and timed transitions. For more information, see Voice design and prototyping in XD, Create prototypes using auto-animate and drag gestures, and Use timed transitions.
You can preview the interactivity in prototypes and while previewing, record the interaction as an MP4 file.
To link artboards or set up interactivity, select the artboard or an object and click the arrow on the right. A wire appears. Simply drag and connect the wire to another object or artboard. In the pop-up window that appears, specify the transition options and the duration for the transition.
You can also use overlay to simulate the concept of transitions without duplicating content across multiple artboards. For detailed information, see Create interactive prototypes.
Click the Preview icon on the upper right of the application. XD displays a preview screen that allows you to view and navigate the different pages. The Preview screen has a Record icon that allows you to record the flow between pages and save it in MP4 format.
For more information, see Preview and record interactions.
Share prototypes for design review, presentation, or user testing. You can also publish prototypes and design specs for development, or customize the viewing experience as per your preference. For more information, see share designs and prototypes.