Import and Paste Assets in Adobe Xd from Illustrator and Photoshop

Import and Paste Assets in Adobe Xd from Illustrator and Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will cover how to use copy/paste method and Import command to import assets from Photoshop and Illustrator in Adobe Experience Design (Xd).

Copy/paste method to import assets

The very first and very popular option is to copy asset and to paste it in Adobe Xd.

In Photoshop you can create a selection then to use Copy or Copy Merged command. After copying the selection to the clipboard switch to Adobe Xd and simply paste it using right-click > paste or Ctrl/Cmd + V keyboard shortcut.
Copy or copy merged in photoshop

In Illustrator select object (vector shape) that you want to import then copy it using Edit > Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C).
Copy vector shape in illustrator

Switch to Adobe Xd and paste object (Ctrl/Cmd + V) which will be pasted as SVG in case it is vector object. It is also possible to copy raster or pixel based image. And yes, the object will keep properties like stroke and gradient: linear or radial.
Paste vector shape in xd

Import assets using Import command

Another solution is to save files as SVG, JPG, PNG or GIF file and then to use Import command (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + I or click on hamburger icon then choose: Import) to import assets.
Import assets in Adobe Xd

Product used in this tutorial
Adobe Experience Design CC

Working with external assets


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