Design for every screen with Responsive Resize
Continuing on the theme of speeding up workflows, we’re going to look at responsive resize in Adobe XD and how it can help you quickly transition your designs to fit the screen size you need.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS VIDEO
Intelligently resize your artboards using Responsive Resize
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Hey, everyone – I’m Howard Pinsky, Senior XD Evangelist at Adobe – and continuing on the theme of speeding up workflows, we’re going to look at responsive resize in Adobe XD and how it can help you quickly transition your designs to fit the screen size you need. Let’s dive in.
Here I have a landing page which was designed to be viewed on a desktop, so the various elements on this page are pretty spread apart, and there’s quite a bit of padding on the sides.
Traditionally, creating an addition version of this page for a tablet or phone would be a time consuming process.
By default, Responsive Resize is turned off on artboards. This is to ensure users can extend their work area without affecting any layers, but when the time comes, a flick of the switch will turn the magic on. Let me duplicate this artboard so we leave the original in-tact. Now as I scale horizontally, you’ll notice that many of the elements are beautifully shifting across the screen, and the repeat grid is collapsing to show fewer cards, but if you look closely, not everything is behaving the way I was hoping. The larger images, for instance, aren’t resizing correctly as the artboard is pulled inwards. In this case, I’ll want to check my constraints. Selecting both groups, I’ll hop into Responsive Resize’s manual settings, and make sure that “Fix Width” is not active – and now when I resize the artboard again, the width of those images resize to remain on the artboard.
At this point, because there was extra padding on the desktop version, we have a bit more than we’d like on the mobile screen. For the bottom cards, I can simply select them both and pull them out, making sure to hold down my Alt/Option key to scale them from the center – and because responsive resize is turned on for these groups, the elements move as they should.
For the Repeat Grid above, I have two options. I can either extend it to let users know that additional cards exists over to the right, or I can jump into the grid, expand the padding, then scale the elements to fill the screen.
Let’s look at one more example, but going in the opposite direction. Here’s a mobile app that’s currently optimized for a tablet display, but I may want to resize it to show off how it would look on the desktop. Just like with the previous example, I’ll turn on Responsive Resize and drag the handle horizontally, and just like in the previous example, it’s doing a pretty decent job, but needs a touch of help. In the Trending section, I may want to restrict this to just two posts, so I’ll start by ungrouping the repeat grid, then make sure that the width of these groups is not fixed. This will let them expand nicely as I enlarge the artboard. Then if I need to, I can make a few minor tweaks.
Finally, the two text groups under More News needs to be adjusted. Turning off the fixed width and both left and right constraints will let me pull them out to fill the screen.
And that’s a look at how Responsive Resize can help you quickly transition your designs between different screen sizes using Adobe XD. Stay tuned for even more time-saving videos coming at you very soon.