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Linked Objects / Images

Option to link objects (or generate smart objects) when pasted from a PSD or AI source to maintain a reference.

This would provide a simple method for single or multiple object updates (beyond the CC Design Libraries integration)—saving time and ensuring all objects are the most current.

Example: Revision to a microphone icon via Illustrator, which is used across 20 artboards

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  • Freelance 1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Another feature in the backlog since 2016 ? Wow Adobe, did you rush this to meet your competitors ? Ignoring common sense to meet the market with an incomplete product coupled with tonnes of propaganda on youtube telling us how simple and intuitive it is ? I think I'll look into your competitors...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If this could work similarly or exactly like smart objects in photoshop or linked images in indesign, this would be awesome! Sometimes I even like to create my boards in photoshop with linked smartobjencts, export to xd but whenever an asset changes in the project files its super time consuming to update my prototype in xd.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is especially unhelpful when you have a massive repeat grid of image assets and you'd like to reuse some of those images for a different set of assets... nevermind the linking issue, even the image filenames are wrong!

  • Edu Couchez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    by the way, "feature in the backlog" since 2016... suppose that it's not a user experience priority.

  • Edu Couchez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Still waiting this basic feature... I can't understand it is not yet there. Simply I can't move to Illustrator to XD to create complex user interfaces. I've been working on AI for more than a decade and now I can't afford a learning curve in a new tool that can't do what I daily use. So the only way is to create png's and imoport it right to XD.

    This week, three days of stress and errors just to change a menu item name in a 50 screen view.

    In Illustrator or Indesign it should be a matter of seconds...

  • Lauren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This really needs to be implemented! Re-importing images is a time suck.

  • Tony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm being yelled at by my boss to switch to Sketch because Adobe XD is not capable of competing with them. I don't really want to because I have been with Adobe for over 15 years, so I'm hoping they pull through for all of our sake.

  • Sir Blirmp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to add my voice to the crowd. I'm new to XD and was getting pretty stoked until I found out that linking files and live-updating images was not a thing in XD. I figured linking files was the standard as it has so many obvious benefits.

  • Cubelodyte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Forgive me if I'm over-simplifying the greater request here, but I have a workaround for updating multiple objects (the reason I found this post). This, of course, does not solve the requested parameter of linking to objects from Photoshop or Illustrator, but it does provide a way to update the same object across multiple artboards.

    Workaround -
    If you turn the object into a symbol and then place it on all the appropriate artboards, you can update them all at once or bring in a new object and replace the existing one with it.
    This latter procedure is done by making the new object a symbol as well and then dragging it into one of the existing symbol positions.

  • Jakub commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As others siad already – I'd love to work in PS with some advanced composition and link it to Xd. It can only render the preview file in 72ppi or something like that not to heat the hardware and give an opportunity to export as asset like in sketch <3 So it should be integrated with psd file itself to export in jpg/png etc.


  • Jack Ridley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is this still not a thing? Would love this, a lot like how indesign etc work with the links panel!

  • owen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be great if you could have the option of 'edit in photoshop/illustrator' for an image inserted in XD that would update similar to smart objects in Photoshop, for example:

    - I insert an image with an off-white background that needs adjusting
    - Right click on the image and select the option ''edit in photoshop'
    - This opens up the image in photoshop where I can adjust the levels and do what I need to do.
    - Once I click save this then automatically updates the image in XD.

  • Anders JPG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would love to see if i can work in PS and have the file open in XD and as i make changes in PS i will see the changes auto update in XD


  • Alexey Kletsel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is a must have feature. We need an ability to link Illustrator files with choosing artboard and even layers, just like in InDesign. I need to be able to design icons for a project, each one on its artboard, as ONE file and place them separately in an XD file. Thank you.

  • z4ne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Cannot believe something so basic as relinking images is still not possible.

    The "Place" command in Indesign upon any selected rectangle or SHAPE - is byfar the most critical feature that should have been made consistent and standard to all adobe apps.

    Whilst XD seems promising replacement to Sketch, I just don't understand all these accumulating feature requests which ARE SO FUNDAMENTAL TO ALL OTHER programs yet does not exist in XD?

    Otherwise XD is at the moment is simply a cut-down Illustrator with online publishing features with slide transitions inbetween artboards.

    It's one step forward, two steps backwards.

  • kamgrus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think one of the powerful thing that Adobe XD can have is full support to PSD and AI. I don't get the import option that we have right now. I'm talking about option that I can place a PSD and "edit original" from XD, same like in InDesign.

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