Adobe is renowned for developing world-class software. But what's might not be quite so well known is some of the resources the company has created in order to help its users make the most out of its powerful creative tools. Introducing Creative Coffee Breaks (opens in new tab) , a series of mini-tutorials each covering a new skill or technique in less than the time it takes to make a cuppa.
The Creative Coffee Breaks YouTube playlist (opens in new tab) features tutorials in many of Adobe's flagship Creative Cloud programmes, including InDesign, Lightroom, Illustrator, Adobe Stock, After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and, most recently, Adobe XD.
The most recent tutorials focus on the latter, XD, Adobe's all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites, mobile apps, and much more. Built with a highly intuitive toolset, it's not hard to see why Adobe XD is quickly becoming the go-to tool for designers.
Focussing in on two of Adobe XD's highlights is UX designer Sarah Parmenter (opens in new tab), who first explores its Fixed Elements feature. A welcome addition to the software as part of its June 2018 update, Fixed Elements offers users a more realistic interaction experience, which Parmenter demonstrates perfectly in under two minutes:
The second Adobe XD tool under the microscope is Repeat Grids. Here Sarah Parmenter reveals how Repeat Grids in Adobe XD can help streamline your workflow and how Adobe Stock imagery can be on hand to help bring your app to life.
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Now you've seen how easy it is to master Adobe XD's tools, why not get started on your own mobile designs? XD is included in Creative Cloud, but the software is also available as a standalone app, with a free Starter plan (opens in new tab) option so you can begin creating immediately. As your designs evolve, you can upgrade to the full app at any time, giving you access to unlimited prototypes and design specs, 100GB cloud storage and access to Adobe's full library of fonts.
You may use your Adobe tools everyday, and think you've got to grips with the toolsets, but trust us when we say there's always something to learn. And you never know, you might just find a small-but-hidden gem that transforms your creative process. So, what are you waiting for? Fire up your favourite apps and try out some of these Adobe Creative Coffee Breaks (opens in new tab) today!