1.2 PSD Import and Export
If you have a Photoshop PSD you need to work on in Photo, or you need to take a Photo document into Photoshop, you're in good hands thanks to Affinity Photo's PSD import and export functions. In this lesson, learn how to use both these functions, and how to deal with a few small points of difference you might find in a document before and after import or export.
1.2 PSD Import and Export
Hi. Welcome to Affinity Photo with Photoshop workflows. If you want to Affinity Photo, but you also want to use Photoshop, because you need to use it for certain elements of your workflow or you collaborate with other people who use Photoshop then you can do that and continue to use Affinity Photo in your workflow at the same time. And the reason is Affinity Photo has a really top-notch import and export process for working with PSD's. You can open up a PSD directly inside photo and it will come up in very good quality with all the layers and groups preserved. And conversely, you can also export something that you've designed in Affinity out to PSD format, and then open it up inside Photo Shop. So, in this lesson you're going to learn how to use both of these functions. Opening up a PSD inside Affinity Photo and exporting something that you've done in Affinity as a PSD and opening it up in Photoshop. Okay, so what you're looking at here is some artwork that has been done from scratch in Affinity. And then, if we have a look at the layers panel you can see all of the shapes that comprise the design. So what we're gonna do is export this as a PSD, and then we're gonna have a look at how these layers can carry over to see what's preserved when we take this into Photoshop, what's not quite the same, and how we can control exactly what gets included during that export process. So, the actual export process is very simple. Just head up to the file menu, choose Export and then choose the PSD tab. Then you just wanna hit this Export Button here, and save the design as a PSD. And here is our new PDS opened up inside Photoshop. And as you can see the results are very good. The image looks exactly like you did in Affinity. And if you have a look in our layers panel you can see that we've preserved all the same groupings, layers, and organizations. Now when we exported we used a default preset that optimized the export for accuracy. So, wherever necessary, it's restorize things like effects and gradients to make sure the artwork looks exactly the same when it comes into PhotoShop. For example, if you look at our original design in Affinity you can see we have an FX layout on the badge. That's the little HGTV lettering at the bottom of the screen and that's what applies the black shadowing around the outside of the letters. It's an outer glow. However, in our new PSD we don't have the editable outer glow preserved on our badge layer, but by choosing a different setting on export we can take that editable outer glow along with this through export. So let's do another export. Go up to File > Export and this time we're gonna choose Preserve Editability, and then we'll export again. Now, here's our new TV, and if you have a look on the badge layer we've brought our editable outer glow along with us. However, you'll also know that this time, whiles the TV still looks good, it's not exactly like it was in our first export. So, that's why when you're exporting you might wanna hit this More button to give you extra options for exactly what you carry into the PSD. So, for each of these areas you can specifically choose whether you wanna preserve editability or accuracy. So for example, our gradients didn't look quite right on our second PSD, so we'll change that to preserve accuracy while we leave everything else set on Preserve Editability. Okay, so here's our third export. And this one you can see that we still have our editable outer glow effect, but our gradients look much better than they did in our second export. So, you can play with those settings and determine which are best for the specific piece that you're working on. Okay, so now we're gonna go the other way. Taking something that's been created fully in Photoshop into Affinity Photo. Now this PSD is a blog design and you can see all of the layers that make it up over on the right here. Now there's really nothing to the process of bringing a PSD into Affinity Photo. You just treat it like you would a native file. S,o we go up to File and just choose open. You don't even need to look for an import option, and then we'll open up our PSD. And you can see right away that everything has come in looking exactly like it did in the PSD, even all of the guides are preserved. And if we looked closer at the layers panel we can see that all of our layers and groups have come across as well. So, when you're bringing PSDs into Affinity photo you really don't have to worry about settings or anything like that. It's just a matter of opening up the file, and it will just show up directly inside the application. The only thing that you might have to look out for sometimes is the positioning of the things like text. With some imports you might find the text elements just slightly offset depending on how the original PSD was created. But these things are very easily remedied just by selecting all of the text or all of the items that have been offset, and just moving them th exact same amount in the exact same direction. So that's it. That's the entire process of importing PSDs into Affinity Photo, and exporting PSDs from Affinity Photo. In the next lesson we're gonna look at brushes. Any Photoshop user has a collection of there absolute favorite brushes that they love to use over and over again, so you'll be happy to know that you can take those brushes into Affinity Photo and use them equally well. And you'll learn how in the next lesson. I'll see you there.