How to Create a Simple Button Component in Figma

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Figma Basics

In this tutorial, we’ll create a simple button using Figma’s built-in component system.

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David Miller

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Creating our button

To create our button, we’ll first start by drawing a rectangle and adding some text. To do this, select the rectangle tool in the top left toolbar, or hit “R” on your keyboard.

Draw out your rectangle, and once you’re happy with it, select the text tool or hit “T” on your keyboard. Type out what you want to go inside the button, and position the text over the button by dragging it on top. You should have something similar to the following:

Making it into a component

With both the rectangle and the text selected, hit the auto layout button on the right panel. This should “frame” the button. Doing this offers you lots of options, such as tweaking the padding and alignment. The reason that this is important to do is because now when you change the text, the button will scale correctly. Feel free to try this by changing your text and seeing how your button size reacts.

Now let’s make it a component. To do this, select your button and hit the make component button in the top middle toolbar.

Congratulations! You’ve just created a component. You can access your components in the assets tab of the left panel. You can drag and drop from this panel onto your design.

Changing the main component

The “main component” will be marked in the layers tab with 4 solid diamonds in a diamond shape, while an “instance” will be marked with an outlined diamond.

Changing the main component will also make changes to any instances that you may have in your design. This is extremely useful as if you make a change to something like the colour or font weight, you only have to do this in the main component as opposed to everywhere you have used the button.

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