The best tutorials to learn Figma for free in 2022

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The best tutorials to learn Figma in 2022

Tutorials are a great way to learn Figma. That’s no different in 2022 or for any design tool for that matter. Moreover, tutorials bring unique benefits that other forms of learning don’t. But with so many tutorials to choose from, which one do you pick? Here’s my list of best Figma tutorials for beginners and otherwise.

I’ve updated my list of recommended Figma tutorials to include new study material from 2022. With that out of the way, let’s dive into reasons to pick a tutorial over UI design books or courses to learn Figma.

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Best way to learn Figma

One of the main reasons is time management. If you want to learn Figma via tutorials, you can do that at your own pace. There’s so much available in terms of online tutorials that you can pick one (or more) that you like and pause it when you need to.

Yet, this is also where a potential problem lies. Because you have the time, there’s a risk of slacking off. To prevent this, make sure you time box your tutorial work. Schedule one or two hours of deep tutorial learning followed by a 15-minute break.

Courses and classes require you to focus for a longer time. There’s a curriculum and a classroom that doesn’t wait on you when you need some more time.

Oh, and did I mention that many Figma tutorials are available for free? You can watch most of them on YouTube without any additional costs. We live in extraordinary times with lots of valuable learning material available for free!

One downside is choice overload, or analysis paralysis, as we call it in UX. There’s so much choice that it is getting more and more challenging to choose. Luckily, that’s where this post comes in. So keep reading!

What’s the best way to learn Figma? I wrote about a few ways you could do that. To summarize, take a look at the overview I created below.

The best way to learn Figma

After comparing multiple ways of learning Figma, I can only conclude that tutorials are one of the best ways to learn Figma. But how do you get started?

Getting started

If you want to start using Figma, you have to start at the beginning. I wrote an introductory post on Figma where I explain what Figma is and the first steps you need to begin learning Figma.

These include registering, installing, and downloading the software. Downloading Figma is optional as it is available as an online tool. However, I recommend you download Figma anyway, as that comes with better performance.

Once you complete the steps above, you can start using Figma. From this point, taking a look at the Figma Help Center and YouTube channel is the best way to begin learning Figma. As you can see in the picture below, I have this on good authority!

Figma Tutorials Reply on Twitter

Both pages provide excellent Figma tutorials to start with. The Help Center has a lot to offer, including the following.

  • Getting started with Figma.
  • Info on the Figma pricing plan.
  • Guides, help, and access to the Community.
  • And so much more.

Figma’s YouTube channel has a great number of playlists focussing on tutorials. I highly recommend these for everybody serious about learning Figma, ranging from beginners to designers with specific needs like auto layout or tutorials on Figma prototyping.

Figma tutorials for beginners

Let’s look at some Figma tutorials for beginners first. There are quite a lot of tutorials available, but the three I’m about to mention made the best impression on me.

Tutorial creators need to be designers as well. Designers know what they are talking about regarding UX design tools like Figma. The following creators are designers sharing their knowledge with the world. I like that! Let’s take a look at the Figma tutorials.

First, here’s a list of Figma tutorials by the creator Bring Your Own Laptop. The instructor, Daniel, is a cool, down-to-earth guy that explains Figma very well. If you follow his tutorials, you start with Figma for beginners and slowly work towards the more advanced stuff.

The video I’ve embedded above is a three-hour Figma tutorial for beginners. It is one of the best out there. The entire playlist has over 30 videos, most of them being hours long. You start with the basics and work together to complete a project. These are some of the best tutorials for Figma beginners out there.

Up next, we have Figma beginner tutorials by Charli Marie. She’s a designer from New Zealand. On her YouTube channel, she speaks about many aspects of being a designer. One of them is about the tools you can use daily. That’s where Figma comes in.

Figma tutorials are just a tiny part of her entire channel. Nevertheless, it is worth checking out if you’re looking for an excellent designer channel. Start with the video I’ve embedded above.

Last but not least, a playlist of beginner Figma tutorials by a designer called Mizko. The video below is the first tutorial in a growing playlist. There are a lot of positive comments on his Figma tutorials, so check him out for yourself.

There you have it. Three great places to start learning the basics of Figma through some great tutorials for beginners.

The recommended channels above all have playlists instead of individual videos. So if you start at the beginning, you can continue to the more advanced tutorials on the same channels later.

Figma tutorials in PDF

The tutorials I mentioned above are all YouTube videos. They’re easy to use, but they can result in a lot of clicking back and forth between multiple screens.

Another way to learn Figma is by using PDF tutorials. PDFs are less interactive, but a big pro is that you can print your Figma PDF tutorials and put them right next to you while you work.

As it turns out, there aren’t that many PDF tutorials available that I thought were good enough for you to learn Figma. However, here’s the one Figma tutorial in PDF that I consider worthy of a recommendation.

Designing User Interfaces. An ebook on UI by Michal Malewicz

The PDF tutorial I’d like to recommend is Designing User Interfaces by Hype4 Academy. With over 470 pages, this book is a must-read PDF for anyone looking for Figma tutorials.

The book has been bought well over 4000 times and has received a 5-star rating in 96% of all reviews.

Please note that this is a book on UI design in general. You can use it to learn Figma, but if you want a tutorial specific to Figma, use one of the tutorials I mentioned above.

Figma prototyping tutorials

One important subject to learn as a UI and UX designer is prototyping. You use it to test your UI design with users. To help you learn prototyping in Figma, I will share a guide made by Figma and a YouTube tutorial.

First, here’s the guide to prototyping in Figma. There’s a playlist of YouTube tutorials for you to follow in the guide. I’ll embed the playlist under this paragraph.

Figma auto layout tutorials

The second and final specific topic I’d like to highlight is auto layout. It is one of the main features of Figma. You can use it to apply rules to your components when you scale your designs. It is essential to design this way to be responsive to any screen size available in 2022.

Just as I did above, I’m going to mention the official Figma guide for auto layout and the tutorial playlist they use to demonstrate auto layout. Here’s the Figma guide to auto layout. I’ll embed the YouTube videos down below.

Frequently asked questions

To wrap up this post, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Figma tutorials. These are particularly relevant to you if you need to know whether or not you want to start using Figma for your design work.

Is Figma easy to learn?

Yes, Figma is easy to learn! In fact, that’s what this post is about. There are so many Figma tutorials available to help you learn this tool.

Figma works and looks a lot like many of the other available UX design tools. That means that it is very intuitive to learn if you already know a different design tool, like Adobe XD or Sketch, for example. These tools overlap in shortcuts and their way of working with layers, prototyping, and the inspector.

Further reading

There’s a lot of great information available on Figma. It makes sense since Figma is a great design tool that has become the most popular design tool for UI and UX design in 2022. I wrote this post on Figma tutorials to help you get started.

If this has helped you, I recommend you to check out my post on Figma to continue to learn Figma.

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Hi! I'm Nick Groeneveld, a senior designer from the Netherlands with experience in UX, visual design, and research. I have completed a wide range of projects in finance, tech, and the public sector.

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