Reuse a Drop Shadow in Figma with Effect Styles

Joe Previte
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In this video, you will learn how to reuse Effects such as a drop shadow using Effect Styles in Figma.

Instructor: [00:00] Let's create a frame where we'll store all of our effect styles. Select the Frame tool, then click and drag a frame. Let's name this Effects. We're going to create a drop-shadow effect.

[00:17] To create our effect style, we're going to select the Shape tools, select the Rectangle, and then draw a small rectangle. Holding SHIFT, you can make it a perfect square.

[00:28] Let's change this fill to white, and then let's add an effect, in this case, a drop-shadow. Let's click this on and adjust it a little bit. Let's decrease the y-value to two and increase the shadow to 30 percent. Great. Let's close that.

[00:52] Now let's turn this into a reusable style by clicking the four dots, clicking the plus, then naming this Drop-Shadow, and clicking Create. Great. Now we have a drop-shadow effect. Let's go ahead and try and use that.

[01:07] Let's try adding our drop-shadow to our input component. If we select it, we'll notice on the right that Figma tells us that this is an instance of the input component.

[01:19] Let's select Go To Master Component. Next, let's scroll down on the right to Effects, and click the four dots, and then select our drop-shadow. Great.

[01:31] Now if we go back to the original page that we were on, we'll see that our instance of the input component now has our drop-shadow. If we scroll down, we'll notice that all the other instances have now been updated as well.

[01:45] By taking advantage of Figma's effect styles, you can reuse things like a drop-shadow across components and other pieces in your project.