Danny Sapio shares some great Auto Layout tips and shortcuts that can speed up your work.
In this series for educators and students, Miggi introduces Auto Layout features and covers best practices and tips for designing layouts that can change with their content.
Seems like support for min/max width and height are coming to the Auto Layout! Previous leaks by Nima Owji included support for variable fonts and text baseline alignment, so the chance that this is really coming is pretty good!
#Figma is working on ADVANCED SIZING which allows you to set min/max width and height for the auto layout! pic.twitter.com/1MwwwjKcs4— Nima Owji (@nima_owji) February 3, 2023
Well, now we all know how to refer to the Auto Layout alignment control.
In a call today someone called this a cracker and from now on this is the term I will be using when demoing Auto layout pic.twitter.com/FxPejtRFsw— Ana Boyer (@_AnaBoyer) February 1, 2023
Joey Banks is back with a bit of advice on his new approach to using Auto Layout for building responsive components. “With my approach today, I first like to drag out an unfinished component instance and stretch it in bizarre and unexpected ways to see what happens. If I can make this component work as expected in the strangest sizes, I’ll feel confident that it’ll work for nearly all situations.”
MDS is killing it with a killer Auto Layout tutorial. Who cares if it’s a bit late for Halloween!
I made a killer auto layout tutorial for @figma. There are three critical things you need to understand in order to use it efficiently... pic.twitter.com/x17cnAg9az— MDS (@mds) November 8, 2022
I found this discussion quite interesting and illustrative. Personally, I always use Auto Layout while working on semi-final designs, but it often gets in the way in the early stages and I resort to good old groups and frames. On a similar note, check out answers to Ridd’s impossible question on choosing between Auto Layout and components.
Miggi shows how to do hanging opening quotes with Auto Layout.
A pet peeve of mine is seeing opening quotes set within a block of type. Using Auto layout and absolute position, you, too can make better quote blocks in @figma. #figmatip— miggi but spooky 👻 (@miggi) October 18, 2022
More about optical margin alignment: https://t.co/dSTmOWEgUy
& in CSS: https://t.co/dCBrtS8lFx pic.twitter.com/kfMQ6sJ5mE
Learn everything you need to know to master the latest version of Auto Layout and optimize your work.
An interesting application of smart Auto Layout hacks to create fully responsive chart components.
Chuck Rice explains his Flexbox imitation technique combining the approach from the Breakpoints plugin with the updated Auto Layout. Pretty cool if you need to imitate the
flex-wrap CSS property.
That’s a pretty badass collection of shortcuts — I didn’t know most of them!
Neat shortcut: ⌘-click on the Auto Layout padding field to adjust all paddings.
Neat @figma easter egg: ⌘ + click in an auto-layout padding field to adjust all paddings. pic.twitter.com/UCt34URAqi— Mordechai Hammer (@_mordechai) June 7, 2022
“Learn all about the redesigned Auto Layout. We’ll walk you through how to use the new properties panel and on-screen controls, as well as showcase the new layout features like absolute positioning, negative spacing, and more.”
Layout FM podcast host Rafa is joined by special guests Joel and Oscar from Figma to talk about their work designing AutoLayout V4.
Miggi shows how to make a reusable and flexible tooltip component set using Auto Layout, absolute positioning, constraints, and component properties.
Joey Banks creates a card layout similar to iOS’s Wallet app with negative values within an Auto Layout container.
I'm so happy that @figma finally allows for negative values within Auto Layout containers, which make card layouts, like those within iOS's Wallet app, really easy to create! ↔️ pic.twitter.com/InlupvM3Op— Joey Banks (@joeyabanks) May 24, 2022
Miggi plays with component properties, Auto Layout slots method, and Interactive Components to make some fun modular content prototypes.
Cool minor improvement — default Auto Layout value now reflects the Big Nudge number instead of being hardcoded to 10 pixels. You can change it in the Preferences → Nudge amount.
Did the default values in Auto layout change to your nudge amount before or after @figma #Config2022? pic.twitter.com/1OWEQVsiRr— Dan Eberhardt🏊🏻🚴🏻🏃🏻 (@incontrast) May 15, 2022
Miggie with a pro tip on Auto Layout — typing in “auto” as the spacing value will change the spacing mode from Packed to Space Between.
One more late night @figma auto layout tidbit.— Miggi (@miggi) May 19, 2022
If you type in "auto" as the spacing value, it will change the behavior from packed, to space between! pic.twitter.com/rnW1oqoOPy