Collections

Collections help you present your work during design reviews and presentations.

How to create a Collection

You can create a Collection from Master or from one of your Branches.

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. Select the project where you’d like to create a Collection.
  3. Choose where you’d like to create a Collection: on Master or on a Branch you own.
  4. Click New Collection.
  5. Select which Artboards you’d like to include in your Collection.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Fill in a name and description for the Collection.
  8. Click Create & Add X Items.

How to change an existing Collection

To add or remove artboards:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. Select the project where the Collection is located.
  3. On the left, select the Collections tab.
  4. Select a Collection you’ve created that you’d like to change.
    • To remove an artboard, hover over it and click in the top left.
    • To add artboard(s), click + ADD in the top right corner.

To rearrange artboards, drag and drop them. 

How to update a Collection

By default, Collections are auto-updated as your team commits and merges changes to the artboards in the Collection.

How to turn off auto-update

You can turn off auto-update for each artboard if you’d like to keep a previous artboard design as part of your Collection.

To turn off auto-update for an artboard:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. Select the project where the Collection is located.
  3. On the left, select the Collections tab.
  4. Select your Collection from the list.
  5. Hover over the artboard you’d like to turn off auto-update for.
  6. Toggle the Auto-update switch to the left. The switch will turn grey when off.

What happens to my Collection when I merge my Branch to Master?

After you merge a Branch with Collections to Master, your Collections remain available under the Collections tab for each project.

How to present a Collection

To present a Collection:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. Select the project where the Collection is located.
  3. On the left, select the Collections tab.
  4. Select the Collection from the list.
  5. Select PRESENT in the upper right corner.
    • Alternatively, you can start your presentation from a specific artboard by hovering over the artboard and clicking the “play” icon.

Presentation mode launches a fullscreen preview of your work. Press ESC or click in the upper left corner to exit presentation mode.

How to jump between artboards while presenting

While presenting a Collection, you can move quickly between artboards by clicking the Overview grid icon in the upper left corner. Then, click the artboard you’d like to jump to.

How to leave comments on artboards while presenting

As your stakeholders give you feedback during your presentation, you can record their comments directly from presentation mode. Click the comment bubble icon in the bottom right to access the comment panel. You can also annotate specific parts of the design.

How to switch between Day and Night mode

If a dark mode would better showcase your designs, you can turn Night mode on by clicking the moon icon in the top right corner. Switch back to Day mode by clicking the sun icon.

How to use Inspect in presentations

Click the </> icon in the bottom right corner to be taken to the Inspect details. Inspect can be especially helpful if you’re presenting to engineers who may be implementing the design.

How to share a Collection

Follow these instructions for sharing a Collection.

How to search and filter Collections

To search or filter Collections:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. Select the project containing Collections you’d like to search.
  3. On the left, select the Collections tab.
  4. Up top, you can filter by Collection status (All, Master, Active, Archived). You can also search by author and keyword. Combine these search tools to find the Collection you’re looking for.