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Collections

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

Who can create a collection?

Any contributor can create a collection either on a Branch or on Master. For collections created on a Branch, only the collection creator can edit the collection. Collections created on Master can be edited by the creator or by an admin contributor.

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 ADD ITEMS.
  7. Fill in a name and description for the collection.
  8. Close the window and your collection will be created.

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. In the left side pane, 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 ITEM in the top right corner or click the next artboard with the +.

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. In the left side pane, 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?

The collections remain available under the Collections tab for each project.

When a collection is created in a branch that is then merged to master, the collection will be archived with the branch. You are able to add to the collection but the artboards in the collection will no longer update.

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. In the left side pane, 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 navigate between artboards while presenting

To navigate through the artboards in the collection you can use the arrows on the bottom left of the screen or you can use the control arrows on your keyboard.

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 Inspect 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. In the left side pane, select the Collections tab.
  4. Up top, you can filter by collection status (All Branches, Master, Active, Archived). You can also search by author and title. Combine these search tools to find the Collection you’re looking for.

How to delete a collection

Collections can be deleted by the collection creator or by an admin contributor.

To delete a collection:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. Select the project where the collection is located.
  3. Select the collection you want to delete and right click.
  4. Click Delete and follow the prompts.