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.
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.
Cristian Moisei commented
You recently implemented swatches, but colours are not linked to objects which means if you change a colour, it will not be reflected throughout the entire document (the way it does in InDesign).
The way you implemented swatches is cool, don't get me wrong, but this would make things a lot better, and people have been asking about this for years.
Please consider it.
Michael Tsimnadis commented
The way Muse handles swatches, where they are automatically global and can be modified with a simple double-click is brilliant.
Joachim Tillessen commented
I want to support the InDesign approach to organize styles in Xd as mentioned by other commenters. Obviously CSS properties an values should be supported in these styles.
Todd Padwick commented
On sketch they have global styles such as h1, h2, h3 etc. but the problem is that when you have a mobile artboard next to a desktop one, when you change the mobile artboard h1, h2, h3 it then messes up the desktop ones.
Maybe there could be primary styles, and then you could apply overides to them similar to css media queries?
[Deleted User] commented
I had to substitute fonts used in an entire app project.
I couldn't use grids for everything, since the missing exceptions to 'unlink' objects, so I had to manually change almost each and every text field. Very unpleasant.
Please add styles soon! Thank you.
We need object styles like in InDesign. So we can apply some object styles on objects. Please note that object styles are content aware so they are different if we apply it to image, to text box or to some geometric object.
This way we can use for example style for buttons. And we can add for example an Action button on our design on 20 places. Then by changing the colour of the background in the Edit Style we can change background on all elements.
Pablo Sara commented
Yes please! Make it simple. You can select an object and create a symbol. I would love to duplicate the symbol by dragging and having the possibility to unlink it from its parent symbol via context menu: "break link to symbol". Just an idea.
Alexander Zhurovich commented
I believe, this article would be very useful for the development team. The concept of a visual style editor shown in this article is really awesome.
David D. commented
Currently I'm working on a mobile app and what i need is the ability to create symbols or styles that i can define and with just changing those styles and symbols, i can basically give the whole app a new look and feel. So if i want to change the color of an icon, it will change globally. If i want to change font color, it will change globally. I would like to apply the branding style guides of different companies to the same app.
Nikki Chang commented
Global style edits, symbols and linked files are the top 3 on my wish list, I've only tried the 'Design' section, not the prototyping section yet.
I got into using Illustrator and Sketch to layout web/app, I'd use as many artboards (for desktop, tablet, mobile) all in one file if I could as I found it much easier to move things around and used lots of symbols.
It happened before that I had to wait for a font file and needed to use another font to start with and replaced it later. Global style would have come in handy.
Absolutely! At the very least global text styles (like InDesign or Sketch) are essential. To be able to create and label text styles would help on the web development side of things as well. The coder should be able to go into the Xd doc and see that Heading 1 is used and what its properties are.
Minimum I would think that you'd need to set these text properties globally:
Good idea. I think it would be helpful for font face and sizes as well, like InDesign does with its type styles.
Thomas Hallgren commented
This would be for a Library element or Symbol?
Ravikant Sanepara commented
Hi, I would like to share my idea for photoshop and XD ,
Where actually many time I need inherit data from existing PSD's, So there should be Variable feature so I can store and retrieve common used data from variable that I created to hold these data. This should work same as we create style effect and store it and use it.
This variable should include any object like circle, rectangle of any specific size, Any Image of specific size and effect, Text or text effect , Entire Group of Objects or layer or everything within a group. This stuff will really reduce time of designers and can help them better to explore with Photoshop.
It would be very ideal for global type styles. One example would be to change all of one font style to a new font style (i.e. Helvetica to Lato)
Brent Caswell commented
In Sketch, I like to use styles for pretty much 100% of properties that don't affect layout. So colors, border radius, font weight, transparency, etc. I use symbols for positioning and sizing, since those things affect on layout.
• Paragraph/Character Styles: the way they work in InDesign and Illustrator where they can be defined, applied and then edited in a way that updates the entire document
• The way master pages work in InDesign is useful for creating re-usable layouts. It's more powerful than graphic styles or symbols. That said:
• Symbols, or "object styles" (as in InDesign) are also useful for smaller chunks of reusable content.
^ These three "buckets" of reusable items, or something with similar functionality, are pretty much what is preventing me from switching to Xd.