In this blog, I will show you how to convert a Sketch design file into a layered Photoshop file within minutes using the simplest of the tools and method. For experimenting, I used Sketch as my primary UI design tool, it’s a really great tool and I would highly recommend it for all the designers out there. While I was thinking, this could be the best tool of all time, I encountered a huge roadblock.
While I was using Sketch, one of my client asked me for the UI design in PSD format. But there was no option to do so directly from the Sketch application. I scanned the web, tried several sketch plugins, conversion tutorials, asked bizzilions quetions on forums, did everything to find a solution, and even tried exporting the sketch file to different possible formats like SVG but was getting no success.
Eventually, while exporting and converting I found a software that became my guardian angel and shown me the path to the best solution, i.e. Affinity Designer. I managed to use it as a converter for converting the Sketch file into the layered Photoshop file. The process involved copying of the sketch file into Affinity Designer and exporting(converting) it into layered PSD format.
Step -1 Download and Install Affinity Designer tool. Follow the video below for detailed instructions.
Step – 2 Open the Sketch file, Select the Artboard you want to convert and Copy it.
Step 3- Open Affinity Designer and paste the Sketch file.
There are two Options available to do so:
1. Ctrl + N (To create a new file) and then paste the earlier copied Artboard using Ctrl + V.
2. By clicking File > New from Clipboard.
As Artboard is already copied in clipboard, this process with directly paste it on the newly created file.
Step 4 – In the Affinity Tool, click on File > Export.
Step 5 – In the newly opened window, select the PSD from the list of available presets and hit Export.
Step 6 – Now you’ll get a window asking for the name and saving location for the file, modify the fields according to your preference.
Step 7- Now launch Photoshop and open the newly exported file in layered format. And there you have it folks, your Sketch Design is now converted into a Layered Photoshop File.