XD, differently than other Adobe tools such as Illustrator and Photoshop, has a specific selection model, trying to keep the user always in the context of the final design. Learn how to navigate in groups and layers and how to direct select an element.
- [Instructor] Different than Photoshop and Illustrator, XD has a very specific selection model. So let's see that in action. I will create an empty infinite canvas project here and I'll create a bunch of elements. So one rectangle, one ellipse and maybe one line here. So I have three elements on this infinite canvas and one thing you can see here is if you open the Layers panel, I have the three guys there.
I can use the Layers panel to select it. I can rename this to anything that I want by double clicking on the Layers panel. But if I group this, let's say I mark each selection, these three guys, and I do Command + G Control + G on Windows, my Layers panel now reflects that that's a group. Now if I do another element, let's do another rectangle here and I will marquee select everything in group again, Command + G, Control + G on Windows, now I have another group.
So this entire selection here is now made of one rectangle and a group. If I click here on this folder icon, I can see that. So I have that rectangle and I have that group and that group has the three initial elements that we had. So one thing that can help you, let's say you're here and you're outside and you need to start selecting things, if I wanna get to the line for example, one option is double click double click twice to get to the line.
Or, going back outside again if I Command click on the mac, Control click on Windows, I direct select that element. So lets go out again. I wanna direct select this guy, Command click, and I can direct select that element. If I then direct select the line again, if I then his escape I go up one level. Escape again, escape again, so I'm always going up and if I direct select, that gives me access to that element directly.
So if you have a lot of groups, and you wanna select something that's really really deep within the group, you can hold Command on the mac, click and select, or Control on Windows to direct select that element. So that's the difference. Another things that's important is lets say I add an art board here so it's not an infinite canvas. My whole set of elements now jumped to the art board. So now they are part of the art board.
The art board is the parent now and if you expand this you can see that now I see the art boards. I can double click to direct select that element again. Another thing that's a little different here in this case is that, I don't know if you noticed, but XD has two main modes of visualization here. So, the first one is if you have a lot of art boards, you can click the art board and see it there. Or, if you go inside an element and you have a bunch of other art boards, let me create a lot more art boards here just to explain that, this gray area here is what we call the pace board.
So the pace board has all the art boards. But if I direct select something inside an art board, I only see the element within that art board. I'm not distracted by everything that's on the other art board. So it's really important and it gives me context of my design. And again, if I double click here to select one element, one important thing to notice is that this is not fading out, this is not kind of in a different opacity. I can enter groups and edit my elements without losing context of my design around it.
A different selection model but very very powerful and it gives you a lot of options here to select groups and elements within groups.
- Understanding all tools in Design mode
- Bringing files for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch
- Working with text, vectors, image fills, and masks
- Repeating elements with the powerful Repeat Grid tool
- Resizing multiple elements with responsive resize
- Using the new Assets panel to manage symbols, colors, and character styles
- Sharing symbols across files, with text and image overrides
- Creating and consuming bitmaps and vectors from CC Libraries
- Extending the power of XD using great plugins