Global Style/Color Edits
Provide the ability to change multiple objects/elements within a document and/or across artboards.
Example: Ability to increase font size within a button across all artboards (without multi-select)
This is similar to increasing font size within a repeatable grid—all increase.
Another example: replace/swap a theme color throughout the document.
Hi XD Community,
I’m glad to announce that you could do global character style or color edits in XD through the assets panel. Just add your colors and character styles to the assets panel, and once you edit any of the color / character style properties in the assets panel, those edits will propagate to all objects or symbols that inherit those properties.
ProTip – Color Merging in the assets panel: you could also merge colors in the assets panel by copying the Hex value of one color and pasting it into another. All objects or symbols that have the old color will automatically inherit the new merged color.
To learn more about managing your colors and character styles in XD’s assets panel, please check the following resources:
If you have any feedback or suggestions around how to improve this feature and other assets panel features, please create a new feature request on UserVoice.
Courtney Tiberio commented
ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. We need the ability to create a style sheet with CSS styles for text and objects, as well as the ability to export the style sheet for developers. Not having this functionality when designing multiple page mockups and prototyping is a deal breaker.
Benjamin Johnson commented
I'm very surprised this has not been implemented, it seem such a basic requirement from a designers perspective. Adobe should use a similar feature set to Indesign. This would be a massive time saver when amending a set of artboards.
Type styles! Just like already implemented in Indesign. That would improve typography work immensely and of course make global type changes easier.
@Thomas Hallgren: Would be really nice (it's a really powerful action in Illustrator), but it feels like a separate feature. Maybe it's another one to submit to the requests list (and upvote of course ;) )?
Thomas Hallgren commented
Select similar like in AI would be nice.
Saving color swatches is great! I just came across an instance where I changed the entire color scheme of my design and really wanted to simply change a certain saved swatch to another color, so that all items with that color would update to the new one I set.
Jan Szpakowski commented
It would be great to have something similar to "global color" from illustrator
Would be very nice work through the artboards with a global instances. Also with a text elements.
Like illustrator symbols, global swatches and character/paragraph styles. Photoshop smart objects.
In use, for examples:
1) You have many artboards and you must change all the words in menu to new. Changing text to the orginal source updates every instance duplicate in every artboard.
2) You have many artboards and you must change all the icon colors. Changing the global color swatch updates color in all artboards where global color is used.
Kyle Galle commented
I would like to format paint a particular style of text or image. The use case that I have is the shadow of a picture that I am importing into XD. I want all the pictures to have the same shadow but I have to manually adjust all of them.
Simon Quinn commented
100% this as the next feature that should be started. Massively huge time saver if anything is going to be changed regarding styling of a website. As someone pointed out like InDesign swatches and character styles. Creating designs the same way front end developers code them.
Yes, important! No shared styles/colors is the main reason I still use competing programs.
This is very important indeed, something like inDesign swatches and text styles would be awesome.
It happened to me today I wanted to change the font because client didn't like the font I used then I had to go through 27 artboards one by one to change font in every single text. Super hard. OMG imagine if client wanted to change the theme color! that would be a disaster.
yes! we need this. i use primary, secondary, darker and lighter primary and secondary. we need this.
This is very essential to me.
Rich B commented
We need to be a able to change fonts, sizes, colours of headings and paragraphs across the arboards globally, like you would be able to using CSS. This is a basic function in sketch and is a pretty important one. The amount of times I've presented 30+ PSD's to a client who have then asked to see a different font, or text sizes and I have to manually change every document. It's a days work. Imagine having 100 art boards and you get a request to change the font family.
Jason Quiz commented
Agree that something more like what InDesign has for controlling global styles would be helpful, but the real key is being able to define the font, color and paragraph styles like we would in the final CSS file. I think this feature would dovetail nicely with the planned "Style Guide" feature.
Symbols are nice for things that wont change much, but I run into way to many cases where I need to change the text on a button on one screen, which now means that button is no longer a symbol.
Serait-il possible de rajouter les options afin de rajouter des feuilles de style pour les objets ainsi que pour le texte ? Cela permettra à de nombreuses personnes de pouvoir travailler beaucoup plus rapidement, sans changer systématiquement la police, la taille d'un texte ou la couleur d'un objet.
symbol is like when you change one symbol color/style, all symbols on other screens will change, but this is totally different from global color change. If I want to make my type and some graphics some certain color, I need to manually change it, instead of just clicking the color and change the color. I would love to see this new feature.
I agree with many comments that the InDesign approach to paragraph and character styles, as well as swatches, would be ideal — and key to the program's success.
Essentially, allow us to create the equivalent to CSS classes/SASS variables for type and colour—please!
Isn't this what symbols is for?