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.
Use find and replace tools to globally edit elements similar to how it works in InDesign.
Select everything in the document that is the same color, stroke weight etc like you can in Illustrator.
Style management in Sketch is my top pet peeve. I love how styles work in inDesign, and I think you should reuse those concepts..
Here’s a typical workflow for me:
I create a new button style, let’s say with white text on a green background. I call this “Primary Button” and it is saved to my list of managed styles/shapes. I reuse this button on several screens.
I now want to create an inactive state for my button. I duplicate Primary Button and I change the background colour to grey. This action should not change all my buttons to grey. Instead, it should create an “exception”. I should be able to choose whether this exception should be classified as an entirely new style, which I can then choose a name for (e.g. "Inactive Button"), or if it should override the default style. A change to a shared style should never override the default, unless explicitly stated by the user. It is so easy to accidentally change a style, this is my #1 pet peeve in Sketch.
Max Neuse commented
I think this feature request duplicates this one https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/12922758-global-master-pinned-object-elements?tracking_code=94aacdd9b4e204f2fd56d02bcf796a43
I think everybody described it still very good. I think the best would be to work out a concept and then ask the crowed here to give feedback in detail.
Just take a look to the global style and object management in sketch, invisionapps craft and the styleguide inventory plugin in sketch and combine it with more substyle options the user can choose.
Summarized it is important to central manage
Important here is the option to differ in substyles like alignment, font-weight, font-color - best would be to let the user individually choose what property he wants to save on every single defined global text style)
I think this is clear. Imporant is if the central defined color is used in a textstyle and I change it, it also should change in the concerned text-styles
The ability to simply create Buttons with a global style but to have the ability to change the text and in addiction to this automatically the length of the button - great would be to have the ability to integrate a symbol like an arrow or something like this, which also have a defineable distance to the text in the Button. Also nice would be, to have the option to use different symbols if you are working with simple textlinks with different icons before or behind the text
Ability to create objects and let the user individually choose, which things should be saved in the global object and which thinks can be individually editable (for example for the header with a navigation - if I have to create a header for different countries with different navigationlinks and a different flag, i need the ability to change navigation links or just the language and maybe a flag in the edge - but the rest of the should be managed globally (for example textsize/color (whereby this sould be defined in the textstyles) or the backgroundcolor of the header bar or whatever). Also here, let the user choose, which properties should be saved globally and which should stay individual.
Maybe you got a smart idea about combining this with a heredity like you do later in the frontend. Just think about, how a developer would implement and work with such global styles in css and transfer it to the designprocess - so that design and implementation combine more
And at the and, high class would be, if there would be an automatic generated styleguide with an preview of each thing and its properties, where you can see, which styles you have defined (like invisonapps craft). So that I can give this styleguide to a frontend developer as a complete guide for his work.
Character and paragraf styles are used in InDesign and it is great function, I miss them. It is very easy and functional
The ability to globally manage character, paragraph, and graphic styles is, to my mind, a critical feature for a program dedicated to designing multi-page / multi-state systems.
Zack Keys commented
One of my biggest issues with Sketch is the inability to separate Paragraph styles from character styles like you can in Adobe programs.
For example, I want to have a .bodyCopy style that would apply to all of my paragraph content in a design. However, I also want to have substyles (just like I would in a stylesheet) for things like Strong, Italic or hyperlinks. Currently, Sketch only allows one style for any block of copy.
It would make a strong argument for Comet if I could have Parent and Child styles for layout concepts.
Michal Svoboda commented
Agree with all things Max Neuse said... with this functionality, it will be easily "game changer"... so we can switch from other software to this "preview" version and forgive lack of other functionality (o;
Dee Sadler commented
Even something like Fireworks had is essential. Styles easily applied, or globally applied.
Max Neuse commented
This would be so important! Sketch tried to implement such a function, but it didn't worked for daily business, so I went back to photoshop.
For me, also in collaboration with colleagues a function to define and edit styles globally would be so helpful and would save so much time.
For example text-styled:
I wish to define a large headline with it's font-family, font-size and line-height and save it as 'large-headline' - when I create a new one after this, I can set new styles or choose the defined stlye out a project libary. When I change a headline with this style, every headline in the project changes. Up to here, Sketch offed this functionality, but it is pretty important, to let the user choose, which styles should be saved in this global style. When I need the large headline once centered, once left align, once black, I needed a new who style for each case. This is stupid, cause in CSS you set these proporties not globally. I wish to define by myself, if I would just save font-family, line-height and font-weight or additionally color or alignment...
Sketch did much right, but did not thought it to the end unfortunately...
The great thing on that would be, that it is pretty easy for yourself and for everybody else to make a consistent design over all project-sizes.
Same for Buttons. For Sketch there was a great dynamic button tool. I think everybody who was working with sketch loved it. You can define a global button style, but change the text individually. With a simple shortcut, the button sizes to the new text. If you designed 30+ artboards and the client do not like the style of the button anymore, it was so easy to just change the button. Really awesome. (a bit like smart-objects in photoshop, but there you wasn't able the change anything individually).
Same you can do with colors. If I define a grey and want to make it darker, every shape or text with this color-style changes.... So especially in collaboration with others, you avoid the have 3 or 4 different, but same looking grey tones... lovely!
And absolut high class would be to define styles for objects. For example when I design a box with product informatioen (Box, Image, 2 types of text, Button). I wish to have the possibilty to use different picture, and different text styles but same for every object style. So when I Change the the size of the image, every image-size is changing. Would also be good for highly recurring elements like navigation, footer and so on.
The aim should be, the make a consistent design and have a living style guide, so that things can me easily implemented from the development. Sketch also got a wonderful Plugin, which was building a styleguide (https://github.com/getflourish/Sketch-Style-Inventory) out of all styles you used. Absolutely awesome, but the whole thing failed on the way, how sketch is managing styles - this is simply not useable.
If you would implement such a feature, a dream would come true :)
Jacob Falk commented
Especially font styles are important to me, because even after everything is almost done, you almost always want to tweak the text a bit before the final design is done, and if you have to flip through the entire document, hunting down all instances of a particular font-style, you will waste an immense amount of time
I frequently use colorfill-layers in smart objects as global colors in photoshop for ui design. I append these smart objects as clipping masks to my layers so i can change the color of multiple elements simultaneously.
But this workflow has some cons which i think we could solve far better in XD.
My desired workflow would be:
1. Define root colors which can be CI colors of clients, primary and accent colors of android, main and tint colors in iOS or whatever i want to define.
2. Define color variables for certain things. i.e. NavbarColor, LightTextColor, DarktextColor, NavbarTextColor
3. Tell my variables to be one of my root colors or a custom one.
4. Tell my objects to be one of the root-colors or color-variables
So if i change a root color it changes all the variables and the linked objects. And when i only change a variable it only changes the linked objects.
This may be solved with stylesheets or whatever and there are maybe usecases for other similar things like fonts but i primary want that with colors.
Rikard Eide commented
A great use case for this would be to change a defined color/style or font. E.g. "Change all instances of Helvetica to Roboto". This is a tedious task right now.
Kieran Black commented
Something similar to Craft by InVision. It's a living, breathing style guide that can affect the rest of the document. http://www.invisionapp.com/craft