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Every example comes with the resulting assets as exported by Slicy.

Q How do I export… a layer group as if it was flattened, trimmed and saved?

Tag it. Name the layer group like the file you want to create, e.g. “Button.png”. Use .png, .tiff, .jpg or .icns. Slicy determines the size of the exported image by trimming transparency. It's also possible to tag and export regular layers, of course.

See Basic Tagging › Tagging.psd in the example PSDs.

Q How do I export… automatic Retina 2x versions of 1x designs?

Append “+@2x” after the extension of a tagged layer group. This exports both Button.png and Button@2x.png, losslessly scaling vector shapes and effects. Text and smart objects are bitmap-scaled, so convert to shapes for best results.

See Magic Retina › Auto@2x.psd in the example PSDs.

Q How do I export… downscaled 1x versions of 2x Retina designs?

No need to do anything! Slicy automatically fills in missing 1x images for the PSDs you drop. To disable this behavior, add a hidden top-level layer named “lc-auto-1x = off”.

See Magic Retina › Auto@1x.psd in the example PSDs.

Q How do I export… an explicit area of a tagged layer group?

Add a rectangle shape layer named “@bounds” inside the group, or apply a vector/bitmap mask. We recommend @bounds, for easy resizing to adjust the exported area. To export the group using the entire canvas area, use a fill layer without a mask.

See Explicit Sizing › Sizing.psd in the example PSDs.

Q How do I export… multiple areas of the same layer group, or of the entire canvas?

Add a group named “@slices” inside the group, filled with rectangle shape layers tagged with filenames. Each area will be exported using the associated filename. When you add @slices to the top level of your PSD, it will export areas of the entire canvas.

See Multiple Slices › Slices.psd in the example PSDs.

Q How do I export… Mac icons with multiple sizes?

Simply tag each of the different sizes with the same filename, e.g. App.icns. Slicy combines the sizes into one ICNS file. Explicitly defined export areas are optional.

See Mac Icon › Mac Icon.psd in the example PSDs.

Q Do I need Photoshop?

Photoshop is not required to export with Slicy. Extracting layers from previously tagged PSDs works perfectly without any additional software. You do need Photoshop to add export tags to PSD layer groups, or you can ask the designer of the image to tag it for you.

Slicy supports most PSDs saved with Photoshop CS4 to CS6. Should you encounter a problematic document anyway, make sure you let us know. Don't forget to attach the relevant file!

Q How accurately are PSD elements rendered?

Slicy's rendering engine moves mountains to make your exports identical to manually flattened images and is 99% perfect for advanced real-world designs, but it can't guarantee a perfect replica for every PSD. Some features, like CMYK and advanced filters, are not supported. Should you encounter an incompatible image, let us know about it!

Q Why is this app now called Slicy?

Due to a legal dispute, we rebranded to Slicy. Want to help us? Update your blog posts, reviews, URLs, tweets or anything else you've written previously to use the new name: Slicy.

Q I have another question that isn't covered here…

Sure! Send us your question and we'll answer as best as we can. We'll extend this FAQ as new questions pop up.