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What is Figma, what is it for and how to start using it?

by SW Team

Learning and mastering a new design tool can seem overwhelming at first. However, with this introductory guide, you will easily discover what Figma is and how to make the most of its key features.

Join us as we explore the basics of Figma and take you through your first steps on this exciting design platform.

First steps with Figma

Unlike conventional design tools that require downloads and installations, Figma operates directly from your browser.

By simply registering, you are ready to start designing. However, if you prefer an installed application, Figma is also available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

Figma Features

  • Everything is in the cloud: Figma operates entirely in the cloud, which means your files are always available and accessible from anywhere. In addition, Figma offers a change history for each file, allowing you to revert to previous versions and recover deleted items for a period of 30 days.

  • Creating a file, the interface: By clicking on "New design file", you will be taken to Figma's main interface. Here, you will find a toolbar with basic functions, a column on the left for managing pages and layers, a central canvas for designing and a panel on the right for inspecting and configuring elements.

  • Components in Figma: Creating and managing components in Figma is simple and powerful. Simply select the elements you want to include in a component and click the corresponding button. Components allow you to maintain consistency and efficiency in your designs, with the ability to edit them at any time and see the changes reflected in all instances of the component.

  • Sharing your project with Figma: Figma makes it easy to share files and collaborate on projects. Simply click on the "Share" button to set up access permissions and share your project with colleagues and clients. You can choose between different levels of access, from full editing to viewing and commenting only.

  • Figma Community: An outstanding feature of Figma is its active and collaborative community. Here, users can share designs, files and plugins to benefit the wider community. Explore the wide range of resources available on Figma Community to inspire and enhance your design projects.

  • Prototyping with Figma: Figma is not only a static design tool, but also allows you to create interactive prototypes to simulate the end user experience. From navigation links to animations, Figma offers all the tools you need to take your designs to the next level.


With Figma, the design process becomes more fluid, collaborative and efficient. From your first steps to more complex projects, Figma gives you all the tools you need to create stunning designs and interactive prototypes. Start exploring Figma today and unleash your creativity!