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Course Workbook

Adobe Experience Design (XD)

Design the UI & UX of Websites & Apps

Adobe xd 2x
eBook $25
Print $35
Print + eBook $40

Unlike Photoshop, Adobe Experience Design is a totally new app created specifically for designing the user interface and user experience of websites and apps. You can craft the visuals and turn them into working prototypes all in a single app! Even though it's currently in beta, it’s available to all Creative Cloud members and is developing quickly.

We have not tested this book in the Windows version of XD because it’s behind the Mac version and some features have not been implemented. The Windows version is catching up though, and eventually the features will be the same on both platforms. We included information (such as keystrokes, etc.) that we guessed would work on Windows, but we have not tested them. 

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-35-8

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
Retina Graphics: 1x versus 2x (Low-Res versus Hi-Res)
  • 1x versus 2x (Retina graphics)
Before You Begin: Syncing Typekit Fonts
  • Syncing Typekit fonts used in this book
Keyboard Shortcuts Guide
Section 1
Setting Up: Do This Before Other Exercises!
  • Setting up your class files
Creating New Files & Designing on a Grid
  • Using the included UI Kits
  • Creating a new file
  • Setting up artboards
  • Importing text
  • Creating colored backgrounds for text
Adjusting the Layout for Tablets & Mobile Phones
  • Designing with Bootstrap’s grid
  • Adapting the design for tablets
  • Adapting the design for mobile phones
Importing & Cropping Photos
  • Importing photos
  • Image fills
  • Image masking
  • Rounding corners
Importing Vector Graphics, Fills, Shadows, & More
  • Importing & modifying vector graphics
  • Aligning & distributing layers
  • Layer opacity vs. fill opacity
  • Reusing colors (color swatches)
  • Adding a drop shadow
Section 2
Repeat Grids
  • Creating a Repeat Grid
  • Customizing the content
  • Adjusting the design
Symbols (Reusable Elements)
  • Creating & editing symbols
  • Detaching from a symbol
  • Symbols versus Repeat Grids
Turning a Design into a Clickable Prototype
  • Linking between artboards
  • Previewing the prototype
  • Making a recording of a prototype
  • Background blur
Sharing XD Files (Including Clickable Prototypes)
  • Sharing an XD file
  • Commenting on shared files
  • Pinning a comment
  • Updating an existing shared file
Exporting Assets for Web: SVG & PNG
  • Exporting individual assets
  • Exporting artboards
Bonus Material
Exporting Assets for iOS & Android Apps
  • Exporting for iOS apps
  • Exporting for Android apps
Reference Material
Adobe XD Mobile App: Viewing Work on iOS & Android Devices
  • Using the Adobe XD mobile app to view your design on a phone or tablet while you work
Additional Image Optimization Tools
  • Further reducing the file size of PNG & JPEGs
  • Turning transparent PNG-24 files into PNG-8 with ImageAlpha
Web File Formats Quick Reference
  • Comparison of JPEG, PNG, GIF, SVG, & PDF
Common Device Sizes
  • 1x, 2x, & Bootstrap container sizes for iPhone, iPad, & desktop
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eBook $25
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Print + eBook $40