Components for PResentations in Adobe XD
When working on your design projects, especially when clients or stakeholders are involved, you may want to provide frequent updates in a slightly more polished fashion. Let’s take a look at how components can help you do just this in Adobe XD.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS VIDEO
Creating a component
Adding instances on additional artboards
Masking objects within shapes
Keeping your designs up to date
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Hey, everyone – I’m Howard Pinsky – Senior XD Evangelist at Adobe. When working on your design projects, especially when clients or stakeholders are involved, you may want to provide frequent updates in a slightly more polished fashion. Let’s take a look at how components can help you do just this.
Here’s the music application that I showed off during my video on components, and to ensure I can export constant progress shots, I may want to display the home screens against a background or even within a device frame, and while I could design with a background in place, it’s not always practical.
To start the process, I’ll hop into the artboard I wish to use, then select all the layers that make up this design. I can quickly do that by selecting the first, holding down shift, and selecting the last. Now I can convert everything into a single component, with many components nested within in.
Switching over to the assets panel, I can now see my newly created component, where I can now drag it out onto additional artboards. To give this screen a touch of style, I’m going to drag out a rectangle that’s the same size, then round out the corners. Then with both layers selected, I’ll mask the component within the shape.
Great. Now that this presentation is set up, if I need to make any changes to the home screen, instead of updating it twice, I simply need to jump into the master component and make my changes.
Let’s look at one more example using a device frame. Over on this artboard, I have two iPhones with transparent screens. Just like in the first example, I’ll select all elements of the home screen and convert them into a simple component. Now I can copy and paste an instance on the presentation artboard and move the component behind the image. Next, I’ll do the same for the expanded player, again making sure to select all elements to include in the component, then I’ll place it behind the second frame. With those in place, making changes to either screen will push to all instances, and since the new components also contained instances of a master used up top, making updates to that will reflect everywhere, including on our presentations.
And that’s how you can take components a step further, keeping multiple screens up to date. For more XD tips and tricks, head on over to LetsXD.com. I’ll see you soon.