So Your Client Wants the Sketch File in PSD Format now?

Hanan A.S.
Dec 13, 2017 · 2 min read
You need it in what format?!

It happens to the best of us…

you talk to the client. You spend hours in meetings discussing the tiniest details of the project deliverables. You mention that you use Sketch and they agree without the slightest comment.

They 😍 how fast you could whip up those wireframes for user-testing. They are even more impressed with the glossy UI designs in all device sizes. So far so good. Several rounds of user testing later, the design is ready for implementation.

You send the sketch file or use awesome tools like Inspect by Invision or handoff by marvel.

I know.

Sketch is lighter, more intuitive and has insane prototyping capabilities when used in combination with it’s plethora of plugins. But some developers simply can’t accept the fact that they don’t need to receive a source file. They prefer to dig up all the element specs from a PSD file. And you can’t always reason with people.


Here is how to convert a sketch file into PSD using Adobe illustrator

  1. Open your sketch file.
  2. Select the artboard you’d like to have in PSD format.
  3. In the inspector, export the artboard in PDF format.
  4. Now open the PDF in Adobe Illustrator.
  5. File > Export > Photoshop(psd)
  6. If you open the psd file, you’ll see the artboard as a layer group. Bad thing about this is that everything comes with a layer mask. So delete those and you’re good to go.
  7. Next time, make them sign a document stating that you will deliver your design in the format you agree on, and that they cannot ask you for any other formats.

This takes time, but it’s better than doing the whole thing from scratch.

Design away!

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