Existing UI Kits
Okay. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to start building that navigation you saw at the beginning and how we're going to do it, we're gonna cheat. We're going to start with some other UI kits that are out there when we talk about Ui kits. Okay. That just means like a template. Somebody else has made them for us and it has a lot of the elements that we can use that's going to help us go fast, especially at this kind of wireframe stage. Okay? So there's some that are kind of built into XD and I'll show you where to get other ones from. So in X. D. If you go to file and under get UI kits. Okay, There's these options in here. Okay. So we look at these these ones here later on. The one we want is this one called wire frames. Now you'll click it. It'll take you to a website and get you to download it. Now. What I've done for you is I've already downloaded this one and it's in your exercise file. So we'll go and open it. So let's go to file. Let's go to open and in your exercis...
e files there's one called Ui templates. I just downloaded them just to make it easier for this course. They're all in here. The one we want is in wire frames open that up and we're starting with the web wireframe. Okay, let's click open. All right. And this is the kind of template for wire frames. Okay. And it's it's really amazing. Like somebody's gone through and given us all the kind of like basic UI elements, the building blocks for a good wireframe, there's navigation, these buttons, footage, all sorts of cool stuff. You can see somebody's done some landing pages, portfolios, real handy stuff to get started. And the one thing I want to cover here is that you might have a little button down the bottom that says you are missing fonts. That's pretty unlucky for this particular one. But I know it has happened to my students. So watch this. If I zoom in and say if I click click, click, click, click, click, click, click and keep clicking until I select some text. It says this aerial, if you don't have a real time machine, that's weird. But I know, I think George is used in this one as well. So let's say I'm going to fake it. I'm going to open up a product, Sorry, Ui kit that I know I definitely don't have the front for. So don't do this yourself. Just I guess I want to show you this thing. It says a missing fonts. You're missing fonts. Ah, okay. So what you do is it says it's for missing fonts. You click on show missing fonts and unfortunately that's kind of all the help it gives you at the moment. So XD is not particularly handy. It just says these are the missing fonts and this one here. Hi Siegel Civil, I don't know that front there. So if I copy that and close it and I go off, there's no like magic one place you just go to google and say font download and see if you can find it and install it. That one there looks like it's on dot font free dot net. All sorts of places to try and download those. Another place you might try is google fonts. Okay, so fonts dot google dot com or fonts dot adobe dot com. You can often find a lot of the fonts used in templates here. I doubt you're gonna find Ariel and Georgia because they are so common. You're gonna have to go to google and just ask where they are. So let's say yours has opened and it's fine. Okay. I'm going to close it down. We're in the wires when I'm going to zoom out. Okay. A couple of little other navigation shortcuts that we need to learn and is kind of remember, we're zoomed in and out. That was fine. And so I was zoom in. Okay. And I'm in nice and close um, if I want to come all the way back to see all my outboards, you hold command zero on your keyboard okay. Or that's on a Mac and control zero on a pc. The other kind of two handy like navigation shortcuts you learn is you can use them in here. We're going to use this one that's command one and we're gonna use command three. Okay, so you can go this long way if you're like man too many shortcuts are done too early for that. Um I'm not going to give you too many, just the ones that I think are really important and the ones you're going to have to learn real quick to make XD kind of usable for yourself. So the first one is command three, so it's Control three on a Pc. If I click on this little dotted line at the top here, it's kind of that's a little dotted line indicates I'm clicking on this whole art board and I had command three. Control three on a pc just zooms into your selection. So that's quite a handy. Some kind zero to go back out. Command three to go just kind of see that selection. The other one is command one. Command one is kind of handy because it shows you 100%. So this is where you should be doing a lot of your design work because this is the way that the user is going to see it. So you you know, they're not going to see it zoomed in. They can't zoom in on a website or an app. You can because you're in design view but you need to be making decisions at command one on a Mac or control one on a pc. Things like font size and how big the images needs to be done at 100%. The other little thing with command three where it zooms in if you have something really small selected already. Command three massive. Okay, so sometimes just clicking on the art board and zooming in rather than having an individual object. Cool. All right. So what we want is we've got all these UI elements and that's the cool thing about this web thing. Right? Somebody's gone through and designed UI elements. Things like footers, headers, buttons. There's landing pages pre designed for you. Just a great way to get started. What we're gonna do is I'm going to use one of these headers here. I'll use this one here. I'm going to copy it. Edit copy. Okay. And jump to your other art board. If you've got more than one art board, you can kind of see them behind each other by grabbing this top bar here. You can jump between windows this way window. Okay, So that's the one that I'm I've created and that's the one I was looking at and you can just toggle between these two or if you're super fancy. I had command and tilde key on a Mac or command tab on a pc and that just toggles between them but that might be one too many shortcuts for one video. Okay, So we'll cover them again later on in the course, but I'm going to paste it in here and we're going to run into our Not first problem, but our first thing to kind of identify if I undo that. So edit undo. Okay. Which is command Z controls the on abc, you'll see my assets panel here. If you can't see the assets panel, it's one of these two icons down the bottom here. The top one you can see I have nothing going on in here. But if I pay something, all this stuff appears, where do these symbols come from? So the designer who made this original wireframe here has made symbols which we'll look at together later on. But for us it's going to cause us issues mainly because they are linked. So if I change this one, it's going to update that original one in here. So we want to just break the link. The easiest way is to right click it. Okay and go to where does it say? Unlinked symbol? That little green link icon goes away and now we've got these things over here. You can leave them there. They're not going to do much but I don't need them. So I'm gonna click on you hit delete on my keyboard, click on you right click them. Delete just like both of them at the same time and delete them. So just get rid of those symbols. It's not what I want. I didn't make them. Cool. So this thing here is all still grouped. That's fine. I'm going to kind of drag it towards the top. The cool thing about XD is it's got really helpful smart guides. So if you're zoomed out far enough, remember our shortcut, command zero or control zero. Okay, so you can see the whole thing. Um if you drag it you'll see it just eventually wants to snap in there, which is really handy. Now, it's all grouped in one little unit. What we're gonna do is right, click it and say one group. Hopefully now I can click off in the background and they're all kind of separate little pieces. See all these buttons here because what I wanna do is with it um grouped. I wanna grab this blue box and I want to drag out the side to the right and grab that little dot to the edge there, just so it kind of spans that I'm gonna keep the navigation where it is, it's kind of handy there, but I want to just push that blue bar to the edges. Alright, so we've got started, we've used an existing template to get kind of the basics going, I showed you what happens when you don't have the right fonts. Often I just ignore the fonts and go and change my own ones now. So see these guys here and I know that guy is a real, I can just go change into something else that I've got on my machine. We also know that often things can be turned into symbols and have that little green link, you can right click it and unlike it and um group it. So it's all it's nice little constituent bits because we don't need that XD logo there. We're gonna go and switch that out in a second. All right, That's it. Let's go into the next video.