Color Tokens

Color tokens make up a big part of Figma Tokens, as they're so tightly integrated with Figma's styles but give you options that Styles don't offer (yet).

You can use color tokens for various things:

  • Updating color styles
  • Creating color styles
  • Applying a fill color
  • Applying a stroke color

Solid colors

There are multiple ways you can write color tokens:

  • Hex: #ff0000
  • RGB: rgb(255, 0, 0)
  • RGBA: rgba(255, 0, 0, 1)
  • HSLA: hsla(120, 50%, 50%, 1)

By default, a token references a Solid Paint (single colors).


You can define gradient color tokens by specifying a css-like syntax: linear-gradient(45deg, #ffffff 0%, #000000 100%).

If you need multiple color steps, just add more (minimum is 2). linear-gradient(45deg, #ffffff 0%, #ff0000 50%, #000000 100%)

Token References

The great thing about token gradients is that you can create gradients that reference another token, something that is not possible in Figma itself. linear-gradient(45deg, $colors.white 0%, $ 100%)

Alpha values (opacity)

Opacity is supported as well, you can write your gradients like this: linear-gradient(45deg, rgba($colors.primary, 0.5) 0%, rgba($colors.primary, 1) 100%)


  • Positioning your gradient on a layer, as you can do in Figma, is currently not possible, as we won't know where to position it, as we only store the degree, not any translation.

Applying color and text tokens

You might want to apply color or text tokens with the plugin, instead of using Figma's native style feature. This has a downside, which is that when the style is not local (but in a library) the plugin can't apply that style currently and will fall back to the hex value. I would advise you to use the plugin for color and text styles only as a manager of Figma Styles. That way you and your designers would keep using Styles but use the plugin to manage/create them (and have all the benefits of aliases etc). For theme swapping it's recommended to use Figma's Swap library feature.