Back to School with Adobe XD

Whether you’re a design student or hobbyist, here’s everything you need to master Adobe XD this school year.

by Sheena Lyonnais

posted on 08-24-2018

As we head into September, the season inevitably evokes that back-to-school feel, even for those who’ve long since hung up their college diploma. Since design is a field that is constantly evolving, it’s almost as though school’s never out. There’s always something new to be learned, an uncharted path to take, skill to explore, or style to discover.

So whether you’re heading back to design school or experimenting with experience design for the first time, learning industry-leading prototyping software like Adobe XD will enhance your design skills exponentially. Here’s everything design students and hobbyists alike need to boost their UX skills this semester.

Download Adobe XD for free

First and foremost, download Adobe XD if you haven’t already. The free starter plan includes an active shared prototype, 2 GB of cloud storage, access to hundreds of free Typekit fonts, and more, so you can get started right away.

Tip for design students: Students from accredited secondary and postsecondary schools are eligible to receive significant discounts on full Adobe programs, including XD. Visit our students page here to find out if you qualify.

Where to start

If you’re already proficient in Adobe programs such as Photoshop, navigating XD will feel like catching up with a friend. One of XD’s greatest features is its power to import files from Photoshop and transform them into wireframes and interactive prototypes. Start by opening a .PSD file in XD and watch as your layers evolve in functionality. For more tips, check out this guide on everything a Photoshop user needs to know to get started in Adobe XD.

Design students, this guide on everything you need to set yourself up for success with Adobe XD takes things a step further by providing insight into building great user interfaces and rounding up the best XD features for students to know. It breaks things down so the program feels less overwhelming.

Check out these free Adobe XD resources

The Adobe XD team and design community are rich in resources to help you ace your XD studies.

Helpful articles and guides:

Read the Adobe Blog:

If you’re interested in UX trends, thought leadership, product updates, and interviews with UX designers on everything from career paths to industry insights, then the Adobe Blog is the space for you. Earn extra (imaginary) marks by staying up to date on what’s new in UX.

Here are a few recent articles to get you started:

Fast-track your skills with UI design kits

If you’re ready to dive right in, or perhaps you’re more of a hands-on learner, UI kits will put you on the fast track to developing solid UX design skills. Each UI kit is created in collaboration with top designers and comes complete with design files, tutorials, artboards, and more. Here are a few links to some of our favorite UI kits. Read more about our UI design kits here.

The XD community is also a great resource for sharing UI kits on Behance. Check out some of the kits available here, including many of the official kits from Adobe.

Share your designs with the community

Speaking of the Behance community, whether you’re working with UI kits or creating your own projects, sharing your work with the Behance community is an incredible way to gain valuable feedback, share your progress, interact with other UX designers, and discover endless miles of inspiration. Consider this space the cafeteria where designers catch up and share ideas.

Check out the Adobe XD gallery on Behance here to see what else is being shared and to share your own work. Bonus points for collaboration!

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Topics: Creativity, Design

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