Join Demian Borba for an in-depth discussion in this video Pen tool and stroke position, part of Adobe XD CC Essential Training: Design (2018).
- [Narrator] The Adobe XD team created a brand new paint tool just for XD. To access it you can go to the design panel here on the left, your tools, and select the pen tool and the shortcut is "P". With that selected, let's say you want to design a chart. If you have a grid, it will snap to that grid as you design. And just like any other pen tool, it you click and drag it creates the handles for you.
Do this one here and one here to finish. If you hit escape, now you give up on the path and you stop. Here on this path if you want to create that rounded corner on every anchor point here, what you can do is select anchor point by clicking on it once and then double click. And as soon as you double click you get two handles there, if you double click again they go away. So let's get them back.
And I'll do that with this guy up here because I'm creating this chart, same thing here. And you can also click and drag on an anchor point to move it to a different location. So let's see when I move it to this side. Perfect. In different design tools, in order to create new anchor points you have to select the pen tool again or a variation of the pen tool to add it.
In XD, thanks to the pen tool, you just hover the path and then if you click on it you get an anchor point right there. So very easily you can add new anchor points. If you want to delete you select and hit delete, they go away, and you can play with that this way. Another thing you can do here is draw, let's say an arrow using the pen tool. So you can click here and you can use the grid to help you as you design.
(clicking) To draw that perfect arrow. But even if you don't have the grid there for you, the pen tool can be powerful. So I can select the pen tool and again start designing. And as soon as I get close to anchor point, it gives me hints to help me with design, a little bit. Cool. So this is the brand new pen tool. Simple but very, very powerful. Another thing I like to show here is stroke.
In the beginning when we announced XD 1.0 in October 2017, we only had centered stroke available. Mainly because that's Figi only supports that. But more recently you can change the stroke type on closed paths, so if you have this guy here you can for example, increase the stroke size. But because it's not a closed path you cannot change the stroke type. But this arrow on the other hand, is a closed path.
So it can change the stroke size and once it's there, I'll make it big just for you to see. You can see it's now centered, that's the default. Let's zoom into it, command three. You can see it's centered. But if you play here you can do an outer stroke or an inner stroke. So very easily you can play with the stroke. And then here you can change the color as you saw before, change the color to whatever variation here you want.
The only thing you don't have in strokes is gradient but you can save this color, reapply it to different things. And because it's a shape, like any other shape, you can apply shadows and go from there. So this is how you play with pen tool and stroke in Adobe XD, next let's play with text.
- Setting up artboards
- Using square and layout grids
- Creating and editing vector shapes
- Working with masks
- Using symbols with text and image overrides
- Visually repeating elements with the new Repeat Grid
- Using the new Assets panel to manage colors and character styles
- Creating and consuming bitmaps and vectors from CC Libraries