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.
Global color is a MUST.
XD imported one of Sketch's most annoying features, something all other adobe products support - editable swatches! click on a swatch, get a picker and sliders, adjust the colour, close dialog - voila! everything in the document with that swatch is changed.
I want to be able to change font styles and global colors.
The implementation has numerous solutions, but the feature I'm requesting would allow users to change any/all attributes of multiple objects without having to select each individually.
This could be accomplished by either:
a) The powerful "Select" menu from Illustrator being implemented in XD, so users can select an object with the target attribute, and select all others with the matching, specified attribute (ex: Select all: same fill and stroke).
b) Objects could be flagged as members of a certain style or UI element group, all of which would share user-specified attributes on a per-group basis. Users could alter these attributes from a panel, where users could create and view all existing style groups, select the one in need of alteration, and view and change all of the shared attributes of all objects within the group. This would allow massive yet basic design changes to be made quickly and easily, such as color palette testing, button styling, and the like. The need to individually and repeatedly select, manually change in multiple instances, or duplicate and replace, would be eliminated. This is not dissimilar to the "master object" (https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/12931467-reusable-symbols-master-objects) request, which is underway, but is more open and powerful, as all of the objects in a proposed style group would not always be the same graphical image or be the same exact asset.
c) Users could globally or locally (within a group) declare and define variables for attributes, that they could then point an object's attributes to instead of specifying actual values. For example, while creating a color palette, users could declare and define the variables "color1", "color2", and "color3". When designing, users could set relevant objects' fill or stroke color to "color1", yet maintain fast and granular control throughout the rest of the design process.
Rachael Maddison commented
be able to globally change h1, h2, etc, as well as UPPERCASE, Title Case, etc...Master colors...all of this tedious stuff that takes time should be automated.
The ability to define H1, H2...., p styles (via the library?) would be fantastic.
Stuart McCoy commented
I second this. There needs to be a custom app palette where colors can be set and changed in one location instead of having to select every instance of an object that might have that color applied.
Liam Hinds commented
Be able to set and change a set of master colours.
When the values are changed here, they are changed globally. The XD tutorial's first step is to change the BG colour of the login screen, but all the buttons are the OLD blue.
Jacob Fletcher commented
Yes! Global styles much like what the Craft plugin for Sketch App provides. Global color palette, typography, and a nested/hierarchical symbol system, where the designer/developer can adjust one instance of a global style and have their entire project reflect those changes. My team will not use this product without global styles, although we are eager to jump on board based on our brand trust for Adobe products and what the Adobe Experience Design Preview tools that have proven to be outstanding. Only missing this one huge piece!
Rickard Magnusson commented
A typical situation is if I want to change all buttons of a certain type (say all delete buttons) to another shade of red or to another font. I agree with some people here, it seems a lot of the time using XD is spent on making the same changes to all (or many) artboards.
Igor Polyakov commented
I am working on User Experience's Project that consists of more than 40 screens. Recently I decided to change the font styles across all the interface. This is painful. Please implement this feature, because it's belongs to the basic features of all Adobe products.
Requests on color and type variables.
I work on an enterprise grade product . The mobile app has more than 50 screens with 5 instance of each on average. The app content and color theme is customizable by clients with 4 themes and custom content. The app is developed for responsive web, iOs, android and Edge.
I desperately need Global Styles !!!! I need to build a hierarchy of symbols with document-specific overrides - something equivalent to CSS. There are no good solutions to manage large projects.
We choose Xd for flexibility provided by the art board. But any change affecting a large number of screen needs to be done manually - which causes many issues.
* For reusable "symbols" where editing the master definition affects all copies globally: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/12931467-reusable-symbols-master-objects
* For updating colors specifically, across many objects (which may not necessarily have anything in common except for the same color): https://adobexd.uservoice.com//forums/353007/suggestions/14893692-change-replace-color everywhere-in-document
Updated title (originally was "Tagged Colors")
There was a post about color swatches a little over a month ago, and color swatches have since been integrated, but the one feature I'd love has not. Animate CC has a system of Tagged swatches/colors, allowing all instances of a swatch to be modified at the same time. A similar feature would be useful in XD as it'd allow quick color changes and color experimentation.
Bree Skipper commented
Most of the design process, it seems, it going back and revising one item in all 50+ artboards. Say if I wanted to change a home icon to be a little larger, in AI I have to go in and manually increase the size of each icon. It would be very nice to just change it in one location and it changes across all artboards. Similar to a "master" in Axure.
Sergi Gallent commented
For me the best way of doing that would be the possibility of defining colors as global or local when creating it into swatches (as Illustrator does). Would be great if I could reference other global colors as the value for new ones, this will let me have colors that can be applied to groups of things and can be changed without having to change the global color
Sergi Gallent commented
I want to give my vote to the Indesign approach too. I would love to see something similar to Indesign's book functionality, sharing and managing styles between multiple files, all of them part of the same book.