OMG They want a .PPT!!! THE ultimate Sketch to .PPT flow , — ) 6 Steps

Dimitri Nachtigal
Mar 23, 2017 · 3 min read

First of all: hello, I am Dimitri and a Visual Designer and UX Designer and this is my first story here — please be nice : — )

Whenever I heard “Please can I have a PPT of this shiny presentation” I usually started crying or really became aggressive. Honestly, there is not a single designer in this world who wants to deal only a second with this software …

…but sometimes we have to … I mean we HAD TO!

I love working with Bohemian Coding Sketch and Affinity Tools. I even started using Sketch for multi-page-presentations (instead of InDesign). Those, the product managers usually print out in bad quality and share in big round meetings ; — ) But anyway — I have good results and cool deliveries exporting Sketch to Multi-page-PDF

… and then came .PPT 😱

Out of nothing last minute before a tight delivery some product-manager asks for a .PPT !!!

“That looks so great! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 can I please have that as a PPT so that I can change texts my own? 10 minutes ?…

#UXREACTIONS

How will I manage that??? rebuilt in PowerPoint would take ages and result would be just not good … Horror scenario?

And here the workflow:

1

Create your Screens Layouts in normal Artboards in Sketch — just as you usually work, one next the other

2

Create a second page in Sketch for your presentation and then “mirror” the screens from the first page to the presentation page using the awesome “MagicMirror” Plugin … For example you can use nice vector-shapes-phones and structures and mirror your screens into 3d rotated phones.

3

And here is the problem, if you just export too many vectors (at least) Windows machines will not be able to manage that files well.

… so when the presentation is final, flatten complex vectors or effects to bitmaps using the Flatten Plugin in Sketch:

… but keep all Texts as text fields. And once you want to edit the document again to reexport you will just have to use the same Plugin to “unflatten”

4

Export the presentation using the “PDF Export” plugin:

5

And now Adobe comes into Play ; — ) Open the PDF in Acrobat …

goto: safe as / PDF with reduced size (or optimized) — open this tiny PDF now

6

and now the PPT → again Adobe Acrobat → “export as” / “Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation”

And that’s it … have fun with it or not

Cheers also to my colleague David for sharing his learnings and support in daily fights ; — ) …

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