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Adobe XD, Sketch, Figma, & Photoshop for Web, UI, & UX Design

When designing digital products such as websites and apps. there are many apps to choose from. Which one is right for you? In this article we’ll talk about Adobe XDSketchFigma, and Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe XD

XD is the newest of these apps, and Adobe is putting a lot of effort into developing it quickly. Updates are released every 1–2 months, and XD has come a long way since the first beta versions.

XD aims to be the all-in-one solution for UX/UI design from wireframes to visual design, visual prototyping, voice prototyping, animation, and more. Despite XD being a relatively young app, it has some features (such as voice prototyping and repeat grid) that are not found in its competitors. While it is more advanced in some ways, it does lack some essential features. For example, there is no color management so on Display P3 monitors (like iMacs and Mac laptops use) the colors are not accurate, you can’t add multiple fills/strokes, and text styles are merely a find/change for formatting, just to name a few. Not having true styles severely limits their use because you’ll accidentally change things you didn’t intend to. There are no graphic/object styles, and exporting features are poorly implemented. Keep in mind that each app in this list has pros and cons, so none of them are perfect (Sketch and Figma also have their own set of limitations with styles for example).

Because XD came later to the game, it can open up Sketch, Photoshop, and Illustrator files and convert them into fully editable XD files. This makes it easier to switch to XD from those other apps. Being an Adobe app, it also integrates better, allowing you to edit photos in Photoshop and send an XD file to After Effects (if you need something beyond the animations you can create within XD).

XD has gained enough features that designers and companies are now starting to use it. Especially on small projects, some of the missing/poorly implemented features won't be much of an issue. However on larger projects, those limitations might become a bigger issue. Adobe has been rapidly fixing things and adding features, so we’re seeing more and more people choosing Adobe XD.

Overall XD is quick and easy to use. We like the integrated design approach Adobe is going for, and we look forward to seeing XD continue to improve. It’s especially strong in UX design, prototyping, and animation when compared to the other apps.

You can use XD for free to see if you like it. The free version of XD gives you the full app, but with some limitations such as only one shared link (for prototypes and design specs) and no ability to save local files. If you need any of the premium features (such as multiple shared links or the ability to work with local files), you can get XD for $9.99/month (USD) or XD with all the CC apps for $52.99 (USD).

Learn more in our Adobe XD classes.

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Video: Get Started in Graphic Design

Want to get into graphic design? In this video, you’ll learn what graphic designers do, what apps they use, how to get started, and more. See examples of design work and learn about creating a graphic design portfolio. You’ll learn what classes and certificate programs are appropriate so you can take the next step and get started in graphic design.

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Free UX Design Class Online: Intro to UX Design

User experience is how a person feels when interfacing with a system, product, or service. What makes User Experience Design (UX) different from User Interface (UI) design? It’s a design process which relies heavily on user research, prototyping, and user testing, among other things to identify important issues, develop solutions, and verify those solutions.

In this free introduction to UX design, we’ll discuss the main concepts involved in the UX design process and how to move into the field of user experience design. This is a great way to get started before diving into a hands-on class such as our UX & UI Design Certificate or UX Design Bootcamp.

In this live streamed seminar we explain the appropriate classes and certificate programs so you’ll know the next steps to get started in each area of design.

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Free Design Class Online: Get Started in Design

Thinking about learning design? Learn about the different types of digital design (graphic design, web design, UX design, UI design, and motion design) so you can better understand what designers do and which apps they use.

In this online seminar we explain the appropriate classes and certificate programs so you’ll know the next steps to get started in each area of design.

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Free Seminar: How to Get Started in Web Design

Learn how to use HTML and CSS to create webpages in this free video tutorial on getting starting in web design.

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LinkedIn's Top Skills of 2020 & How You Can Learn Them

With COVID-19 leaving many unemployed or underemployed, millions of Americans are left looking for new jobs. Hopefully, many of these workers will be able to return to their jobs soon, but some will be left looking for new opportunities. In this article, we’ll cover some of the best skills to pick up and how you can go about learning them. 

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Virtual Summer Courses for High School & College Students

With COVID-19 leading to camp cancellations across the country, many parents and students are looking for fun and productive options for the summer. NextGen Bootcamp, an education company for high school and college students, is expanding its “live online” summer programs for attendees to develop their technical skills, boost their resumes, and create exciting projects. 

Free Live Online Tech Classes: Design, Marketing, & Business

Free Class Recordings

See all of our free class recordings from our seminars over the past month. Learn about data science, motion graphics, design, digital marketing, and more with these free classes.

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Free Digital Marketing Class Online: The Pillars of Digital Marketing

Learn about digital marketing, the different types of digital marketing, different strategies, and more in this free seminar.

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To learn more beyond the seminar, see our Digital Marketing courses.

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Free Class Online: Get Started in Design

Thinking about learning design? Learn about the different types of digital design (graphic design, web design, UX design, UI design, and motion design) so you can better understand what designers do and which apps they use.

In this online seminar we explain the appropriate classes and certificate programs so you’ll know the next steps to get started in each area of design.

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