Figma: Top Tricks You Must Learn!

Figma is one of the amazing design tools and if you use it as your daily design app, you need to learn its shortcuts which speeds up your workflow.

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In this article, we will learn the most useful shortcuts of Figma which can speed up your workflow.

1- Batch Filling Shapes With Images

Imagine you want to fill different shapes with multiple images at once. Beginners will start filling shapes one by one but professionals will use the “Batch Image Import” feature which Figma provides.

Follow these steps:

File → Place Images and then select the images. Now, click on the shapes and Figma will fill shapes with images automatically.

2- Draw Straight Lines / Move Objects on a Straight Line

If you are one of the designers who play with pixels to draw a straight line, you need to learn this trick. Just select the “Pen Tool” or “Line” and hold “Shift” button on your keyboard. Now, you can draw a straight line easily!

To move an object easily and on a straight line, just hold “Shift” button on your keyboard and then try to relocate it. By doing this, Figma will limit you to the vertical axis or horizontal axis.

3- Locate Layers

If you have worked on a design system, you probably have some problems to find layers. On Figma, you just need to double-click on the layer’s thumbnail to find it:

  • Double-click on the layer’s name will allow you to change the name of the layer!

4- Sort Font Styles / Color Styles

This trick works for designers who think about having a design system or creating a UI kit for their projects. As Sketch does, Figma allows you to sort your text styles by grouping them using “/”.

Imagine we have these text styles:

Headline 1–36 px :SF Pro / Roboto

Body — 16 px: SF text / Roboto

Now, we want to sort these text styles based on their font family. This is how we do it:

SF Pro / Headline 1

SF Pro / Body

Roboto / Headline 1

Roboto / Body

and the result would be something like this on Figma:

We use same style of naming for colours. For example, Sort the colors based on their usage:
Buttons — Blue / Buttons — Red / Alert — Yellow / Texts — Black / Texts- Black (70%)

5- Find Similar Layers Without Plugins!

There a few plugins for Figma which allow you to find similar layers and apply changes to them. But if you are looking to reduce your usage to 3rd-plugins, you can find similar layers easily by heading to Edit / Select all …. There different options which you can use to select similar text styles together or select similar layers with the same properties.

6- Create Semi-Circles / Circular Progress Bars

One of the most important things for designers who work on dashboards or analytical tools is the ability to create semi-circles. Figma allows you to do this easily.

Follow the below .gif to learn this trick:

7- Create Objects with Equal Height and Width

Hold the “Shift” button and try to draw your desired object. This trick works if you want to draw squares or circles (Not Ovals!).

8- Define The Space Between Different Elements

Figma was the first design tool which allowed designers to set the space between different elements automatically, It doesn’t matter if the layers are aligned vertically or horizontally!

Watch the above .gif to learn this trick.

9- Auto-Layout

If you read my articles, you will learn how to design the default messenger of iOS on Figma using the “Auto-Layout” feature.

I wrote many articles about this feature and I think it’s not necessary to have another article for it. So, I just refer you to those articles which would be helpful:

The auto-layout feature will help you to design flexible elements, Like Buttons, Pages and …!

10- Design Advanced Prototypes

The key to designing advanced prototypes on Figma is the “Smart Animate”. Like the previous example, I published two articles about this feature which you can use and learn the “Smart Animate” feature very well.

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