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Since its release in 2016, Figma’s simple yet robust set of features quickly gained popularity among designers. It has made design accessible to all by making it easy to use and affordable. Now that Adobe owns Figma, it’s likely that we’ll see more integrations between the two platforms. And one area where we could see this happen is in AI-driven art.
Adobe already offers some AI-powered features in its Creative Cloud suite of products. For example, Photoshop CC includes an “Airbrush” feature that uses artificial intelligence to retouch photos automatically. And Illustrator CC includes an “Image Trace” feature that can convert bitmap images into vector artwork with just a few clicks.
With these kinds of capabilities already available from Adobe, it’s not hard to imagine how they could also be leveraged within Figma. For instance, imagine automatically using AI to generate animation sequences based on a designer’s input automatically, or being able to take a photo of something you want to illustrate and then having Figma trace it out for you automatically. These are just some examples of how AI could be used within Figma’s toolset to make life easier for designers.
And, of course, it’s not just about making things easier for designers. AI can also be used to create entirely new kinds of experiences that wouldn’t be possible without it.
While many expressed their concerns regarding this acquisition and the future of Figma’s autonomy, I think Figma users have nothing to fear. With access to Adobe’s technology and resources and Figma’s robust nature, this partnership is aimed to accelerate growth and innovation in the design community. However, it remains to be seen how this deal will reshape Figma and extend the software’s functionality.
Speaking of extended functionality.
Figma has an extensive plugin ecosystem that allows users to extend its functionality. In this article, we’ll look at seven AI-powered Figma plugins that can be particularly useful for product designers.
To start with, let me introduce you to the Automator Plugin. One of the most powerful plugins that I found.
It allows users to automate their design processes by creating customized automation that can be triggered with a single click. This will take care of any time-sensitive tasks without any effort on your part.
I saw this tweet where the user converts his iOS designs to Android designs in one simple click. As we can see, it instantly converts the iOS switch into an android switch, and the font is changed to Roboto. Of course, no code was used while creating this automation. It is pretty impressive!
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