One feature missing from XD is access to your Creative Cloud library. In this video the author demonstrates what he calls a "Dirty Cheat" that lets you add Creative Cloud color themes to an XD document.
- [Instructor] Though Experience Design is a Creative Cloud app, you'll may have noticed you have no access to your Creative Cloud libraries. And especially when it comes to custom colors, you can create custom colors using Adobe Capture, those colors will move into your library, and you can't use them in XD. Well, yes you can, but it's a little bit of what I call, a dirty cheat. So let's take a look at how all that works. So I'm going to just pop over to Illustrator. And what I've got is my Creative Cloud library open, as you can see.
And I've got all my little color themes in here. And all I have to do, is take a screenshot of just this area. I can do the same thing in Photoshop. So if I come over to Photoshop, got my Creative Cloud library open, and by the way, if you've got this, this is some times a little difficult, you want big areas, so go with the items as icons, and you'll see that you've got the names of the themes you've set, and again, take a screenshot of the themes.
So, now what do we do? Well, that's real simple, over to XD, and open up a brand new document, I don't care what cha do, I'm going to be using an iPhone 6 here. And I'm going to go to Import. And right inside your chapter four download folder is a thing called CC Colour jpeg. And that's a screenshot of my Illustrator color themes. So I just click import, and in it comes, and I'm just going to move it over here. Now here's where it gets really cool. You can draw a little rectangle.
And start using the eye dropper to choose your colors. So if I'm going to work with my New Newfoundland group here, I'm going to select that. I'm going to come here, and I'm just going to click the plus sign, I've got that color. And I'm going to come over here and choose the light blue, and again, add that to my pallette. And again, I'm choose the dark blue. Add that to my pallette.
And the green, okay so the dark green right there. Add that to my pallette. And the medium green here. Add that to my pallette. And I can now, work with the colors in those color chips and they move with the document. So there you go, that's what I call a dirty cheat, and it's not exactly copasetic, but you know, it works. If you need colors you can create them.
And by the way, if you use color themes from other applications, use this technique. Just take a screenshot and bring the screenshot into XD. And start choosing the colors from there.
- Navigating the XD interface
- Using artboards and grids
- Adding content to layers
- Using the Repeat Grid feature
- Adding interactivity to a project
- Exporting content
- Sharing your work
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/29/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover the XD Assets panel, Experience Design symbols, Creative Cloud Libraries, and pinning comments.