Illustrator in XD
Hi everyone. This video is all about working back and forth with adobe illustrator. So it's a separate product you can download from adobe. Okay. There it is there. Adobe illustrator. Some of you will know it well some of you won't know it very well but I'll show you how to kind of connect with it. Why do we use adobe illustrator in conjunction with XD quite a bit. It's because the drawing tools in XDR Fine we use the pencil, we use the Bolling operators. Those are good illustrator is like the full on drawing in victor program. It's like that's all it does. It doesn't do any of the prototyping stuff XD does. So it has its place. But for drawing and illustrations and icons it's really really handy and just want to give you a brief little look at how they connect up and what you can do in there. What the main things you will be doing in illustrator, you don't have to be doing it if you're already an illustrated user. This would be handy just to show you how to move between the two docume...
nts. And if you're new to it will give you a little taste and you can decide actually I want to do a bit more of that and maybe go and learn a bit more adobe illustrator. Alright, first thing I want to do is I want to bring in an illustrator logo down the bottom here so a lot of logos are done in illustrator and what you'll notice is we've seen before. File import. You cannot go to exercise files and open images. You can't open the Ai Files or the P S D S at the moment. Okay, so this might change in the future, but I want to open up the illustrator. I can't so I need to go into illustrator and export it as an SVG, which I've done for you. But that's just something needs to happen. So if you've only got illustrator files, what you can do is open up illustrator open up that exact same file. It's going to get my exercise files, images. And I'm going to open up this white one here. So the AI file. So logo three structure HQ white. And I want that for my document. Mine is white on white. So it's a little hard to see. So an easy thing is to go to view and view the outline of it. So it just shows you the kind of outline chunks. What I would like to do is I want just this white part of it. I'm going to copy it. And that's the easy way to work with illustrator. You could go off and save an SVG. You can go file export. No, you can go file save as and decide to do down the bottom here SVG. If you can't see this little drop down, you might have to click this little arrow if you're on a Mac. Okay, down the bottom here SVG and that was opentable by W X. D but actually never do that. I did that for you to make it easy but I just select it all. Go to edit and go to copy. So I'm using my Black Arrow. And the one thing you might find this logo is good because it's all in lots of pieces. You might have to select it all and go to object and um group it if it's all grouped and I'm just going to select this bit though, copy it, move over to XD and just hit pace. I'm using command C. Command V. You can see this is my little white logo. I'm gonna make it a symbol because I plan to reuse it a few times. I want to put it in the footer. I'll do that in a second once. We've kind of learned a few other things. So although you can't import illustrator files you can do a weird thing by opening them. Okay you can go to file, open and open up illustrator files. So what I've done for you is a lot of like icons you'll get especially from a stock library site like something like adobe stock. That's where I got these from. I've got some icons. So I'm going to go to our exercise files. I'm going to go to icons and here's my stock icons so I paid for these I pay a monthly $30 a month to get 30 10, maybe 10 stock images. I can't remember I never use them all anyway. But it means I got access to lots of cool high quality images and icons. So you can open it, you couldn't import it but you can open it weirdly as a separate little document. So it's opened. It. It is 2, 1 actually one long outboard. And the only thing you might have to do is a lot of breaking apart. Okay, to kind of separate all these up. So we're going to use the shortcut. But the long way is there command shift G on a Mac control shift E on a Pc. So I'm gonna grab this and just I'm just I pressed it so many times just to kind of make sure it's all on grouped and then there's this junk I don't need. And these guys are all separate objects you can find like these artifacts. I'll show you. I removed it there. So I kind of clicked here and you're like, oh, what's this? Mhm. So white square. Okay. It's not what I need. So it depends on how it was constructed by the original artist. So I'm gonna grab these guys and I'm going to group them and I'm going to copy them and I'm going to switch outboards. Remember how to toggle outboards yet ugly. Long way window, you can go to this one here. So there's a two way of open remember command and the tilde key. So the tilde key for me is the little wave key on my keyboard. It's next to my shift on the left hand side. Often it's also underneath the escape key and its control to have if you're on a pc. Alright, I'm gonna paste it over here and you can see that's an easy way to get in as well. Especially if you don't have any sort of like illustrator skills, you might be like, oh I just want to bring it straight in so just go to file, open, it gets better. So you can do like up until XD. I was doing a lot of my mock ups and illustrator. So I'm an illustrator now, I'm going to open up a well I'm not going to open it, I'll bring it in. So I made I've got a course on how to be a UI designer, not a UX designer about how to be a UI designer and illustrator. So if you are a bit of an illustrated person or like the idea of it, you can do that course as well. The real difference between this and the XD courses that you can't do testing in illustrator, you can just do the graphics and it does it pretty well. So let's say you have designed stuff and illustrate because you're faster and you're good and you've designed a website mock up. Okay, you can just open it up the next day and add the prototyping. Do simple changes. So you might use illustrator or Photoshop to do your design work. Open it up and XD and then just connect it all up. And I think let's have a look. I've designed something illustrator. I'm going to go to file open because remember import doesn't work at the moment and we're going to go to exercise files in your images. There's one in here called illustrator mock up. Okay. The cool thing about illustrated, it uses outboards as well. So hopefully everything comes through. What's really clever about it is that um the text is edible. So I'm just double clicking this and you can see it's all still editable. The fonts are all working. So you might just all your work in illustrator because you are awesome at it and then come into here and go actually I'm going to um group that and I'm going to turn that into a symbol. Gonna select all these guys and you just kind of work. You actually don't have to do that symbols and stuff. So you might just go, all right, I'm going to add some prototyping. So when that's collected goes to this page. Cool. Alright, last thing I want to do before I kind of move on is I want to put the footer in. This is just kind of production work where I'm not very exciting. You can skip on to the next video. But if you hang around we can do it together. Okay, I'm opening up my old mock up because I just want this thing. Okay. It's already been turned into a symbol. So And it's already been named and it's got junk that I need in there. I'm gonna copy it switch over, paste it. Here we go now. It's linked to that other document. Ok? So it's linked to this one. We'll look at this a little bit later on in advanced symbols. But for the moment it's going to break the link and link symbol and actually, I'll delete it from over here as well. We'll do it again. Even though I just said that was one of the perks. Okay, So I'm gonna un group it all. Okay, I'm using my shortcut. Their command shift G control shift T on the pc. And I'm gonna be using probably the lighter, darker green. So that ticks can be read. And the reason I did it is I wanted to use this now. This is going to be too big for us at the moment. So so I can't resize it. Why can't I resize it because it's a symbol, remember? Okay, so I'm going to double click it. No, I'm not. I'm just going to group it and group shrink it down, get it to an appropriate size. I'm going to turn on my columns. That'll be good. Center. And these guys actually these fellows can hear. We'll leave that for the moment because actually that's all fine for us at the moment. Nice. And you guys are going to become a symbol. Simple for the one thing I didn't show you, which I like. I like you. There's gonna be a H I'm trying to match the spelling of the logo underneath it logo White simple only is just a little tip. You can click in here and when you need to go to the next one instead of like typing, typing and then double clicking on the next one. Um, you can just tab and it just tabs down. So I'm just gonna make sure you're in one of them. So I'm gonna put it and you can tab down. It's really good if you've got loads of unnamed symbols, you just need to go through and and update them. Plus it's good to keep the logos together. Footage probably needs to go on the bottom. Some sort of hierarchy. Top should be at the top. Here we go. I'm gonna copy it. I'm going to zoom out. I'm going to select both of these holding shift slick both of them paste. They should all go into the right place. This probably needs to come down now and I am good to go. Alright guys, that was how to use illustrator. We're gonna do a little bit more illustrated this in the next video. Just some of the like real core. Amazing UI tools if you are an illustrator. So I will see you over there