Importing designs from Photoshop


First, download the Design plugin for Photoshop

After downloading the Design Plugin, extract it and copy the " Export" folder in the Photoshop Generator folder.

To access Photoshop's Generator folder on Mac:
Applications > Adobe Photoshop CC [version] > Plug-ins > Generator

To access Photoshop's Generator folder on Windows:
Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CC [version] > Plug-ins > Generator

Now restart Photoshop.


Export from Photoshop

Export your entire project, selected artboards or individual layers from Photoshop.

Don't have a Photoshop file handy? Download our own sample Photoshop PSD

Upload the exported .protoio file to your project. If you exported layers, then upload the exported .png files.

Simply drag and drop the exported .protoio file on your canvas or on the quick assets side pane.


Artboards in Photoshop are transferred over as Screens


Photoshop Artboards Screens


Your items and groups hierarchy is transferred just like you set it up in Photoshop


Photoshop Layers Layers



For older versions of Photoshop CC: Use the '+' symbol to create Artboards

If you are running a version of Photoshop CC that does not support Artboards, you can use the '+' symbol as a prefix of group names to convert an entire group to a single Artboard.

Reducing complexity with the '@' symbol

Use the '@' symbol at the start of your group name to export an entire group as a single image. Very handy for transferring fewer, easier to manage images in



Update individual assets: The 'Export Selected Layers as Assets'

If you edit one or more assets in Photoshop after you have imported them in, you can select to export individual assets using the third Plugin menu option.

Exporting your assets this way will preserve their unique file names as used during the first export and will allow you to drag and drop them to replace them in



Continue editing in Photoshop and keep in sync

The easiest way to keep all assets in in sync is to choose to export all artboards in Photoshop, upload the .protoio file and then just click "No thanks" in the modal window that pops up.


Related tip: If you have created new artboards in Photoshop and would like to transfer them to, what you need to do is select them from Photoshop and then choose "Export selected artboards" from the plugin menu. This will create a .protoio file containing only the new artboards.

Also, see video Using the Design Plugin for Photoshop.

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