[Adobe XD Introduction] Download and Create Your First Layout
Do you feel interested in designing engaging user interfaces and building amazing user experiences?
Curious to know how great designs are built and deployed within websites, mobile apps, and other tech products and services?
If yes, take a look at the article and it should help you start designing your app in a great manner.
You must have heard the quote saying,
First Impression is the Last Impression.
This holds when you talk about today’s automated and tech systems.
Design nowadays is an integral part of any system. Be it a customized stand-alone software, a website or a mobile application, the design is really important.
Why is design so important?
Your Design is directly proportional to user engagement.
Any product/system design defines the rate of engagement within the same. More the attractive design, more engagement rate of the user.
Along with the attractive design, the focus of design has shifted from complex to minimal and users are relying more on systems that have a minimal yet elegant design.
With the design, the functionality of the app is considered and it plays a crucial role to keep the user engaged as well, though the design decides the retainership of the user. Returning user will visit your app/website back again due to two major factors:
- 80% design. Look and feel of the system.
- 20% functionalities. What is the system doing?
Considering these factors, it is extremely important for any business to make sure that the design is taken care of in a great manner.
Any design should convey a story and must be interactive in its ways and thus there are several tools through which this can be achieved.
Some of the tools to design a web, app or any software are Sketch, InVision, UX Pin, Adobe XD, Adobe Photoshop and more.
With the design, prototyping (rough demo/flow of the system) is also important. Photoshop doesn’t allow prototyping as it is more focused on image editing, creative designs whereas the other tools help define the flow of the app as well.
Here, I will be introducing the Adobe XD tool for designing.
Adobe XD Introduction
Adobe XD is provided by Adobe Inc. It is used to design websites, mobile applications both Android and iOS, tablet app designs and other layout designs.
The tool is completely open-source and is free to use and download, provided by Adobe Inc.
To use the tool, you need to first download and install the same from their official link.
After Adobe XD introduction. let’s see the practical use of this software for developing the app and website design.
How to Download and Configure Adobe XD?
As the tool is free, it will get downloaded in your local machine (system). Post completion of the download, the application needs to be installed.
Here is an official link to download Adobe XD.
It is available for both Windows and Mac OS.
The application will be installed using the Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe XD has paid plans as well which gives access to the cloud storage provided by Adobe to store design creatives and files.
Fig.1 – Adobe XD installation using Adobe Creative Cloud
Fig. 2 – Post-installation of Adobe XD (Automatically opens a new window)
Once installed, the initial screen highlights you the usage of Adobe XD and helps you decide that you want to design.
Fig. 3 – Initial Screen after installation of the tool (First-time screen)
For initial beginners, you can view the tutorial by clicking on the “Begin Tutorial” button shown
on the initial startup screen.
4 Main Design Options Available in Adobe XD
For the new design, the tools will give you the following options (shown below the welcome screen saying “Start a new design”. Here only 4 designs are shown):
- Custom Size
For all the above-mentioned platforms, dimensions are predefined. An empty blank layout is opened once you click on any of the said mentioned platforms.
For more layouts, you can click on custom size and then select the type of artboard.
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How to create custom size layout (Artboard) in Adobe XD?
Artboard means the canvas (the blank layout) where you will design your system and place all the components to build an elegant and beautiful design.
In terms of Adobe XD, you design multiple artboards (screens of a system) and place multiple components and elements within that artboard.
Once you select a custom size, there will be an icon above the magnifying glass, saying “Artboard”, on clicking the same, in the right side of the tool, multiple options to select the artboard will open up.
Fig. 4 – Selection of artboard (layout) depending on the design that needs to be developed.
Say, if you select the artboard as “Android Mobile (360 X 640)” the screen automatically helps
you get the dimensions right and the canvas gets opened in front of you in the tool.
Fig. 5 – Artboard for Android Mobile (360 X 640)
When the artboard opens up, the screen has three major sections:
- Top menu: The top menu consists of a few options like Home, Design, Prototype,
FileName (the one that is opened), Button to invite team members to collaborate, Mobile
Preview design, Play button for Desktop Preview design, the Zoom level of the canvas
and Share button.
- Left menu: From here, you can select multiple components and elements like line, rectangle, circle, text. In the left menu, the last three icons depict the overall design details like asset information within the artboard, number of artboards and their respective names, and lastly plugins. There is an option to add external and third-party plugins which can enhance the design in a great manner (plug-in knowledge is a must to use it efficiently).
- Main Artboard body: The main artboard body consists of the blank canvas layout which will be used to design the app (or any other system, depending on the artboard chosen).
- Right menu: From here, you can adjust the individual properties of any component. Say you want to change the dimension of the artboard, you can do that by changing the width and height of the artboard. You can add shadow effects, borders and other color components using this right menu.
How to download and use the ready-made template in Adobe XD?
Also, there are multiple ready-made templates available online which can be used to design apps, websites and other related tech-based products.
There are multiple elements present in the template and the user can make use of the same and start designing the system in Adobe XD. One such source is XD Guru to download ready-to-use templates and design.
Get this tool, practice as much as you can to start with designing and improvise your skills. Till then in the next article, I’ll be going in-depth on the tool and would be talking about how application prototyping can be done to design the entire flow with animations.
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Note: You need to take care that you use only open source tools and templates while designing
any app/website/system in Adobe XD.
Happy Designing 🙂
Editor’s Note: This article is written and shared by Akshay Toshniwal.