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Can You Prototype Animations in Figma?

Last updated on September 28, 2022 @ 11:41 pm

Animations are a huge part of the web and app design world. They can be used to improve the user experience, or to simply add some flair to your design. But can you prototype animations in Figma?

The answer is yes! Figma has a number of built-in tools that you can use to create prototypes with animations. The first thing you need to do is create your frame. You can do this by selecting the ‘Frame’ tool from the left toolbar.

Then, draw your frame on the canvas. Once you have your frame, you can add elements to it. To do this, select the ‘Add Element’ tool from the toolbar and then click on the canvas where you want to add your element. You can also use the ‘Import’ button in the toolbar to import images or other assets into your frame.

PRO TIP: Figma is a great tool for prototyping animations, but there are some things to keep in mind. First, Figma is a vector-based tool, so your animations will be limited to the vector format. This means that your animations will be limited to a certain number of frames and may not be as smooth as you would like. Secondly, Figma’s animation tools are still in beta, so there may be some bugs. Finally, exporting your animation from Figma can be tricky – make sure to read the documentation carefully before attempting to export your animation.

Once you have your elements in place, you can start animating them. To do this, select the ‘Animation’ tool from the toolbar and then click on the element you want to animate. This will open up the animation panel, where you can add keyframes and adjust properties such as position, opacity, and rotation.

Figma also allows you to preview your animations in real-time. To do this, simply click on the ‘Play’ button in the animation panel. You can also export your animation as a GIF or video so that you can share it with others.

So, there you have it! You can indeed prototype animations in Figma.

Drew Clemente

Drew Clemente

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