EXPORTING AND IMPORTING; FIGMA + POWERPOINT

The really simple Export Import Love Story

Figma is an incredibly powerful design tool. It’s well-known for it’s real-time collaboration, and web-based interface. Figma as a company has shown interest in Design in Africa forming The Figma Africa community. So, basically, a platform for the designers in Africa to come to interact, mentor, learn, grow and profit together while engaging in design activities, events, weekly challenges and sprints which are designed to address certain needs of their immediate environments and also present themselves to the global design community irrespective of their skills level.

Figma Africa, Accra, had a recent 3-day Design bootcamp that educated individuals in basic design principles, introduction to design thinking, user experience design and presentation skills. This was organized in partnership with the German Institute of Business and Technology, Developers In Vogue and Fairpointers Limited. This bootcamp saw the coupling of Figma and PowerPoint to create impressive presentations and user experiences having some of the participants pitch their ideas for cool Figma swag.

So, I will jump straight to my story where I demonstrate how to couple the power of figma design tools and quick exporting capabilities with powerpoint to create amazing presentations.

I will talk about;

  1. Creating vector shapes(icons) in figma
  2. Exporting of icons
  3. Importing of exported icons into Powerpoint

Creating Vector Shapes (icons) in Figma

This is how a new figma file looks like;

FIGMA UI

I’m using the desktop client which, much like other popular desktop apps today (Slack), is an Electron-based app. I will create a frame 800x800 pixels (depends on what you want) then add a grid of size 50px and grid colour : #E5E5E5 to my frame.

50X50 GRID IN FIGMA

So the frame should look something like the above image.

Figma just like other design tools, provides you with the basic shape tools to use; the rectangle, the ellipse, line, polygon, arrow and star tools. In this case, we are going to use the rectangle tool to recreate the Figma logo for use in our powerpoint presentation.

So we select the rectangle shape tool and create a square 100px by 100px with fill colour : #ADADAD.

Let’s duplicate the squares 5 times (by copying and pasting the shape) and using the options on the right, and using the independent corners option, change the corner radius of the individual squares as follows;

Shape 1: 50 0 0 50

Shape 2: 0 50 50 0

Shape 3: 50 0 0 50

Shape 4: 50 50 50 50

Shape 5: 50 0 50 50

So we have something like this;

At this stage, we have our Figma logo, we add colour to our logo using the fill tool on the right option panel;

Shape 1: #F24E1F

Shape 2: #FF7161

Shape 3: #A158FF

Shape 4: #17BCFE

Shape 5: #03D082

Let’s add some text to our logo using the text tool in Figma.

Add “Figma Africa”, Font: Roboto, Regular, 48pt with Fill: #000000

Let’s group the logo (Select all shapes and text, press CTRL/CMD + G) and then align Horizontally and Vertically Centred.

Exporting of icons

Exports are possible on any layer in Figma. Most commonly the Group and Slice primitives work best for export and have the most settings. Each represents a rectangular area to be exported with or without padding for the enclosed geometry. Figma allows export of jpg, png and svg file formats. You can export your work in Figma by pressing Shift + Command/CTRL + E or selecting Export from the menu:

FIGMA EXPORT MENU

In exporting our logo, we will export 1x .png version of our logo;

Importing of exported icons into Powerpoint

Figma image exports can be used in any presentation or design tool that accepts the .png .jpg or .svg file formats. This means that, figma exports can be used for website and mobile UI design.

For this purpose, we will use Powerpoint.

Steps;

  1. Create a blank Powerpoint file
  2. Click on the “Insert” Tab on the options Ribbon
  3. Click on “Picture” and insert the logo saved.

Done!

Learn more about Figma and Design using the following resources:

Also, to be part of the Figma Community;

Join Figma on SLACK: https://figma-africa.slack.com

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/figma_africa

INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/figmaafrica

MEETUP: https://www.meetup.com/figma-africa