When you're working on a complex design, keeping your content organised can be one of the biggest challenges. Adobe XD allows you to design literally thousands of artboards at the speed of thought, but if you can't easily locate the content on those artboards, your productivity can really suffer. XD now supports a number of organisational features in the Assets panel of the application. Let me show you around some of these new capabilities here in Adobe XD.
I'd like to begin to organise my assets, so the first thing I'll do is open up the Assets panel. I can do that by clicking the lower left hand corner, which brings that panel up. If you're already familiar with the Assets panel, you'll notice that we've added a second view. We now have a list view in addition to the grid view. I can always toggle back to that grid view here, but I'm gonna stay on the list view because that allows me to organise my content in a more robust way. Now you'll notice that I have a number of symbols that have been defined here on the left. Some of them have given friendly names so I've actually identified icons here. But towards the top it's using the default naming that XD applies every time you add a new symbol.
I want to bring over colours and character styles from my design, so to do that I'm going to come in and first I'll select all of the artboards on the design canvas. And then in the Assets panel, I'll click the plus sign to the right of the colour attributes. I want to do the same with character styles but I just want to select from a single artboard to do that. I'll click the samurai artboard and then I'll click the character styles.
Now that I've added all of these items into the Assets panel, I want to apply friendly names to make it easier for me to search and recognise each of the items as I work with them. I'll begin with colours and I just want to come here and double-click that colour value, rather than identifying it with a text value I'm gonna assign friendly names to each of the colours. I can tab to move to the next item in the list. Now that the colours are in good shape, let's do the same with our character styles. With that all set, I can focus on symbols. Now keep in mind any of the names that I apply to the symbols here in the Assets panel will also apply to every instance of that symbol in the Layers panel.
Well now that I have the naming all set, I can start to work with the filter and sort features that we've added to the Assets panel. Here towards the top, you'll remember that we have the list view and the grid view. As I roll over each of my asset types, I'm going to get different tooltip information based on that view. Notice that in the list view, I can see the name that I've assigned to this colour and when I roll over the tooltip still retains that hex value. If I switch over to the grid view and roll over that same colour, I can no longer see the name in the grid view. So the tooltip includes the name and the hex value you'll want to check out those tooltip values for character styles and symbols as well.
Back up towards the top, you'll notice that I have a search field with a drop-down menu. Clicking that drop-down menu allows me to filter between colours, character styles and symbols or all of my assets. Alternatively, I can come in and type in part of the name, so if I type in ICO it'll bring up all of the symbols that I've labelled with the ICO or icon name. I could type in real -- which is the name of my client -- where I've gone in and tagged my clients colours, their particular typeface that I use with them and a symbol that has their logo. Obviously there's lots of new functionality here in the Assets panel. I encourage you to give these new features a try.
When you're working on a complex design, keeping your content organised can be challenging. Adobe XD allows you to design many artboards at the speed of thought, but if you can't easily locate the content on those artboards your productivity can suffer. Use the Assets panel in Adobe XD to name colours, character styles and components descriptively for better organisation and easy access. Filter assets by type or asset name. You can switch between list and grid views and hover over elements to see tooltips with more info about an asset. Save assets like colours and character styles for quick reuse across the design.