How To Work With Figma

If you are a UI/UX designer or someone interested in web design, you have probably heard about Figma. This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to use this powerful design tool.

What is Figma?

Figma is a cloud-based design tool that is similar to Sketch in functionality, but with added benefits of being platform independent and having robust features for team collaboration.

Getting Started with Figma

Step 1: Setting up your Account

The first step is to create a Figma account. Go to and sign up with your email. Once you’ve signed up and logged in, you will be directed to the Figma dashboard. Here, you can manage your projects and team spaces.

Step 2: Understanding the Figma Interface

The Figma interface is grouped into five main sections. These are the Menu bar, Toolbar, Layers panel, Canvas, and Properties panel.

Step 3: Creating your First Design

To create a new design, click on the “+” icon on the top left corner. This will open a new design tab where you can start designing.

Designing with Figma

Step 1: Adding Shapes

To add shapes to your canvas, select the shape tool from the toolbar and draw on the canvas. You can adjust the size, position, and rotation of the shape in the properties panel. The basic shape tools include the Rectangle (R), Ellipse (O), Polygon (P), and Line (L) tools.

Step 2: Adding Text

To add text to your design, select the text tool from the toolbar and click anywhere on the canvas to start typing. You can adjust the font, size, color, alignment, and other properties in the properties panel.

Collaborating with Figma

One of the key features of Figma is the ability to collaborate with your team in real-time. To invite others to your project, click on the share button on the top right corner, enter their email address, and set their access level.


This is just a basic guide on how to work with Figma. The tool has much more to offer, like vector networks, components, and a powerful prototyping feature. The best way to learn is by doing, so sign up for a free account and start exploring!