Override styles in a symbol (allow symbol differences)
Right now, you can override text and bitmaps in a symbol. I'd like to be able to override appearance properties like opacity, fill color, borders, shadows, and font style.
We’re excited to announce that with our May release, we have introduced Components (previously known as symbols). Components are design elements with unmatched flexibility that help you create and maintain repeated elements while varying the instances for different contexts and layouts.
You can create a master component to define a reusable element, such as a button, and you can change any of its properties to customize instances of that element (Size & Layout, Style and Appearance, and Structural overrides). Changes you make to an individual instance are specific to that element, but changes you make to the master propagates to all the instances where the property hasn’t been customized.
Components now could also be responsively resized with the same powerful capabilities of responsive resize baked in.
Finally, you could link components across documents to maintain a single source of your components using the Link Assets feature or simply through copy/pasting components across documents.
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Please give it a try and let us know what you think.
+1 for master-symbols with sub-symbols
+1 for taking a look at figmas components function
Paulo Rodolfo commented
We just need this to forget the sketch!!! PLSSSSSSSSS
Filipa Jervis commented
Yes, this is very importante for my work too!
It is still light years away from Sketch, when it comes to symbol management and overriding.
I was forced to make the transition from Sketch to Adobe XD and I'm struggling because my workflow slowed down to a third...
Please invest in the symbols department. It's a matter of productivity
Years after the release, i just gave XD a second chance and found it ridiculous how under developed this software is.
Please stop advertising auto animate (Principle does this since years ago) and voice prototyping and fix these very basic design tools.
It would be great if we have the option to create a sub-symbol out of a master symbol.
e.g. I have a master button which is size X, Colored white, with a blue background.
1. I should have the option to do local overrides without ungrouping it from the master, so when I change the instance to a green background, the size and color are still linked to the master, or if I change the size, the color and background are still tied to the master etc.
2. Use this overridden symbol as a sub-symbol, so when I copy/paste this instance and I change again its background to red, the instances of this sub-symbol should be changes as well.
I agree. I would absolutely switch to XD if it would have a proper override symbol option like in Sketch app.
e.g state of a button
This feature is a must for modern workflows.
Kevin Allen Evans commented
You can override text in Symbols in Adobe XD but it does not allow you to override color and vector icons like Sketch App does it. If you would add this I would definitely switch from Sketch as XD is cleaner and less bloated.
Cameron Sagey commented
I just switched to Figma because of their component (symbol) system. Can we get something like that in XD? They allow overrides on basically everything except for sizing and positioning, and then you can nest an overrided instance into a fresh component to create states, while still allowing the master component to affect the properties of all the instances and states at once. It's an amazing system.
Need ! :)
The lack of this feature is driving me back to sketch.... see ya
Yes to all of the above, particularly the ability to override colors.
Sinhwan Kim commented
I agree with every single word of Joachim. It's crucial not only for time-saving but also for building up and managing design systems.
Liam B commented
A simple lock icon could be enough to determine what you want to stay the same?
One year and still waiting
You cannot have a symbol shape and then change the dimensions wherever it is used. If you want different sizes you have to create a symbol for each!
really need this function asap
Inheritance: XD should allow for a symbols to have attributes altered whilst groups should allow for visibility of sub groups/symbols/elements etc.
I strugle to understand why symbol inheirtance is proving such a problem for Adobe. It's not like they are inveting something new with XD.
This app is a promising app and it looks nice but it's all irrelevent whilst so woefully under developed.