The idea of converting Figma designs to code has always been a compelling goal. Although it's hard to find exact figures, it's common knowledge in the industry that developers can spend several days translating a single Figma file into code. This time spent translates to a significant cost for the company and diverts developer time from focusing on crucial aspects of development such as application logic, performance optimization, and feature enhancement, to name a few.
Now, with AI technology becoming more advanced, it's time to leverage it as part of the solution to this challenge. At Builder.io, we've done just that with Visual Copilot. In this blog post, we will explore how converting a Figma design to React code using our AI tool can save hours of manual work, streamline the workflow for front-end developers, and aid in building web applications with ease.
Figma is a collaborative interface design tool with an emphasis on real-time collaboration. It's known for its user-friendly interface and strong design capabilities, making it a favourite among designers. Figma components and design files form the basis for creating pixel-perfect designs and prototypes which are crucial for a seamless handoff to developers.
At Builder.io, we’ve created Visual Copilot — an AI-powered Figma to code toolchain that leverages AI to swiftly and accurately convert Figma designs to clean and responsive React code.
With one click, Visual Copilot helps you convert a Figma design to high-quality React components. This significantly speeds up the development process, making it much faster to get from design to a working webpage in a React app.
Visual Copilot automatically adjusts components to fit all screen sizes, eliminating manual tweaks for mobile responsiveness. As you resize your screen, the design seamlessly adapts.
Visual Copilot supports React, Vue, Svelte, Angular, Qwik, Solid, and HTML and seamlessly integrates with various styling libraries like plain CSS, Tailwind, Emotion, Styled Components, and Styled JSX. It supports many frameworks so you can feel confident that the code will be clean, easy to read, and integrate seamlessly into your codebase out-of-the-box today.
After code generation, you can iterate with custom prompts and structure the code to your preferences, ensuring consistency across the codebase – be it utilizing specific components or iterating hard-coded content to use props.
Getting started is as easy as copying the code directly from Visual Copilot - no integration is required. To sync components without the back-and-forth copying and pasting, you can automatically sync the generated code to your codebase, making it a seamless part of your development workflow. It's about reducing the friction of integrating generated code and ensuring a smooth transition from design to a live, production-ready codebase.
Visual Copilot will soon support working with your own custom UI components and design systems. Sign up for private beta access.
The heart of Visual Copilot lies in its AI models and a specialized compiler. The initial model, trained with over 2 million data points, transforms flat design structures (even without auto layout) into code hierarchies. Our open-source compiler, Mitosis, takes this structured hierarchy and compiles it into code.
In the final pass, a finely tuned Large Language Model (LLM) refines the code to match your specific framework and styling preferences. This multi-stage process ensures that the generated code is high-quality and tailored to meet the requirements of your project.
Getting started with Visual Copilot is straightforward.
- Launch the Visual Copilot Figma plugin.
- Select a layer in your Figma file.
- Hit the “Generate code” button.
- Copy the generated code into your codebase.
- Customize the code to support animations, custom fonts, and other required functionality.
Here are two short videos that will guide you on how to convert design to clean code for a React (Next.js) web app:
Builder.io's Visual Copilot is a remarkable tool that significantly accelerates the process of converting Figma designs to React code. It fosters a collaborative environment, ensures a seamless transition from design to code, and promotes an efficient development workflow. By leveraging advanced AI technology, we are not only bridging the gap between Figma designs and React code but also freeing up invaluable developer time.