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What are variants in Figma?

Last updated on September 24, 2022 @ 6:49 pm

Variants in Figma are essentially variations of a basic file. Once you create a variant, you can create different variations of that variant, including variations with different names, file types, and colors.

You can also create variants within a variant, which allows you to create complex variations with a few clicks. You can even merge variants together to create even more complex variations.

When you create a variant, you can also specify a default file type and color. If you have multiple variants of the same file type and color, you can specify which variant is the default.

PRO TIP: Please be aware that variants in Figma can be extremely helpful in managing your design process, but if not used correctly they can also create a lot of confusion and chaos. Make sure to clearly label your variants and keep track of which one is the master version. Otherwise you may end up with a lot of duplicate files and wasted time.

Finally, you can share your variants with other users by exporting them as a .zip file.

When other users open the .zip file, they can open the variants in Figma and work with them just as if they were the original files.

Overall, variants are a great way to create complex variations of files without having to create multiple files. They’re also a great way to share files with other users without having to send them the original files.

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