How to convert a Sketch design file into a PSD file?

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.

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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.
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2. By clicking File > New from Clipboard.

step-3As Artboard is already copied in clipboard, this process with directly paste it on the newly created file.

step-4Step 4 – In the Affinity Tool, click on File > Export.

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Step 5 – In the newly opened window, select the PSD from the list of available presets and hit Export.

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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.

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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.

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About the Author

Suraj Chaudhary

Suraj Chaudhary

Suraj is a UI/UX, Web & Mobile Designer, and an occasional writer. He enjoys creating eye-catching solutions based on how human psychology, design, and technology works. When he is not busy with his work, he is fulfilling his passion of bike rides on his KTM. An ardent lover of technology, blogging, youtuber, music, coffee, and everything visually stimulating, he is a genuinely artistic human being.

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