Adobe XD for Beginners

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Learn user experience design & prototyping in Adobe XD with our Adobe Creative Cloud courses in Sydney.

What is Adobe XD? XD stands-for Experience Design. XD is a way of thinking, a way for designers to discuss objectives about how their website will look and feel. Adobe XD is the all-in-one solution for designing websites, mobile apps, and more! Learn to create and share interactive prototypes of your websites with speed, precision, and quality.

Adobe XD combines lightweight layout and drawing tools with simple button linking to different art boards that simulate navigating through an app or website. The results can be published online directly from the application as an interactive presentation, making it quick to share with project partners or clients. This course will help you learn the basics of Adobe XD so you can seamlessly create website designs with team members and reviewers across multiple devices and platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

If you are looking to create and develop website prototypes in a quick and easy way as well as understand how design can help solve problems in the user experience of a website then this Adobe XD course is for you!

Please note that we currently offer two types of courses – class room and live online via zoom platform. If you choose our live online option, a material kit with all necessary items will be delivered to your door step after enrolment.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned to:

  • Understand the basic interface and shortcuts used in Adobe XD
  • Create and design art boards
  • Understand how to create and use masks
  • Understand how to create and use symbols
  • Understand how to create and edit vector shapes
  • Have the ability to use the repeat grid function
  • Work with UI and wireframe kits
  • Have the ability to export Assets & understand the interoperability of other Adobe programs with XD

Ideal for

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of Adobe XD and gain an introduction to user experience design. This course is also for anyone looking to start creating and prototyping user experiences for mobile apps and websites. You may be particularly interested in this course if you are a UX and UI professional or looking to get into that industry. In addition to this, anyone in a marketing or communications role who works with software developers or is seeking to gain more experience collaborating and communicating their ideas to developers will benefit highly from this course. No prior knowledge of the software is required before attending but a basic understanding of computers is required. This course is taught in a Macintosh environment but Adobe XD’s interface remains the same across both Windows and Macintosh.

Course content

Adobe XD Introduction

  • Setting up a Project
  • Navigating around the user interface
  • Understanding shortcuts
  • Drawing with the Pen Tool
  • Editing points and paths
  • Creating, editing & linking symbols
  • Creating and combining simple shapes
  • Creating Art boards
  • Adding layout and square grids
  • Adding Text to your Design
  • Aligning and positioning Objects
  • Layers panel overview & creating a Repeat Grid

Designing and prototyping your own project

  • Setting appearance attributes
  • Solid fill colours, gradient fills, strokes
  • Adding drop-shadows & background Blurs
  • Prototyping – adding interactivity
  • Working with wireframes to interactive prototypes
  • Setting screen triggers
  • Resize designs for different screen sizes
  • Adding interactions to elements
  • Using auto-animate & timed animation transitions
  • Overlays for side menus and keyboards

Finalising & Exporting your project

  • Sharing your Project
  • Testing your Project on different devices
  • Allow comments and hotspots
  • Share a public or private prototype
  • Exporting artwork for Web, IOS and android devices
  • Extend Adobe XD with plugins
  • Recording the user experience as a .mov file
  • Previewing designs in the preview window or on mobile device

Please bring to class

  • Notepad and paper or a tablet
  • A USB for taking home final work and/or course notes & files

Other Information

*Please note, all Adobe Creative Cloud courses at Sydney Community College require basic computer competency as a pre-requisite. We expect that you can confidently and quickly navigate the computer directory and be able to locate files with ease. Adobe apps are professional-level software and an inability to use a computer confidently will restrict you from progressing in the class. If you are unsure about your computer competency, please contact Customer Service so that we can arrange a call to discuss.

  • This is a crash course in Adobe XD, the course facilitator will aim to fit as much in as possible but some of the above might not be covered in time. If you have a specific aspect of the program you are interested in learning then please let the tutor know.
  • This course runs in our City Campus computer lab, fitted with 27-inch Apple iMac systems with the latest Adobe apps installed. Adobe XD functions the same on both Windows and Macintosh computers except for minor differences with keyboard usage.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

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