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Figma UI UX Design Essentials

How to use Plugins in Figma for icons

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, in this video we're going to look at some of the secret source, what makes Figma amazing, and it is the plugins that are run in parallel with Figma. So plugins are made by other people, not Figma, and basically you install them, and in this case, I've installed a little icon plugin. Let's say we search for a house, I can grab my icon, and just drag it out. 

So it is a way of-- it's a bit teeny tiny there, but you get the idea. This is a way of extending Figma, there are lots of plugins, and they are amazing. We'll focus on the icon one at the moment, but they all work roughly the same sort of way, they extend what Figma can do, let's jump in, and look at at least one of them. 

So to install our first plugin, if you go to this little drop down, next to the Figma icon, you can go to 'Plugins', and we're going to browse them in the 'Community'. 'Manage', just will be able to see the ones you've already got installed, and maybe uninstall them. I'm going to go to 'Browse in the Community', often, I don't use this method, I just go to this Home screen, and remember, under 'Community', we were looking at icons a second ago. 

There's another option here, it says Plugins, so this is kind of new and always getting developed. What I'd like you to do is-- plugins is just-- so an amazing part of Figma, that just spend, like take a break, take, you know, take five minutes, and just have a read through all the amazing plugins. There's just so much in here that can get you so far, and kind of enable you to be fast and efficient, and like visually really compelling. 

So have a look through all the different plugins, we're going to look at icons for the moment, what you need to do is, well, the way that I use to gauge, whether this plug-in is good, is mainly bound to 'Installs', there's no like star rating yet, which I wish there was, but like Unsplash, which is a way of getting kind of commercial-free images, is a really cool plugin, really common, probably the first one everybody installs. We'll do it later in the course, but you can see, 6,30,000 other UX designers decided was useful, so there must be some big in here. 

We're going to use Iconify, if this one is not in here, or hasn't been updated for the last three years, you'll find another version that will work similar. This video is not actually how to use Iconify, but just like how to install a plugin, and get it working. So we're going to click "Install", yes, please, remember these aren't made by Figma, so no responsibility taken, and let's go and have a look now how to actually operate a plug-in. We'll do a few through this course, so let's have a look. 

So you have to turn the plugin on, you can only have one running at a time, so you're going to say, I want plugin called Iconify to start working. Now this is where they all vary, most of them have some sort of UI, they all look different, none of them look the same. This one here, it's big, I put mine on another screen, but I'm just going to move it over here. Let's have a look, let's have a look at that shopping one we're looking for, maybe look at another house, maybe that house was broken, it was hard to change it. 

So in here let's have a look at the houses, is that going to be a Stroke? None of them are going to be Strokes, I bet you. Maybe that guy might, and maybe that guy will be, probably not, I'm going to use this one, fingers crossed. So you can just click and drag them out. Look at that, got a giant svg icon, and really, that's it, that is that plugin, you can just drag stuff out, obviously there's other options in here, you can search icons, and there's lots of tagging and stuff going on. 

So plugins all work a similar sort of way, there's some sort of UI, and you'll be able to click and drag things out. We'll do a few more throughout the course, but yeah, that is the plugin, specifically for icons. I don't need this guy now, so I'm just going to delete them. 

Now when you are deleting bits and pieces, it's probably because you're always going to be left with a frame, so try not to, like you can, you can just delete it, you get to this frame. It's best to go into your actual layers, and say, that's it, I'm going to hit 'Del', and everything inside of it, and then just make sure your layers are kept nice and tidy. What the hang was that? What are you doing down there? I have no idea how I got that one, anyway, keep it clean, select that guy too. 

All right, that is, yeah, a really simple plugin, plugins are amazing in Figma, we're going to learn a few more throughout the course, let's get into the next video.