How to Export Artboards as Separate Files (JPEG, PSD, PNG...) in Photoshop

How to Export Artboards as Separate Files (JPEG, PSD, PNG...) in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, I will explain to you the process and options to export Photoshop's artboard(s) as separate files. For this tutorial, you will need Photoshop CC 2017 or later version installed on your machine. Available formats to export artboards are following: BMP, JPEG, PDF, PSD, Targa, TIFF, PNG-8, PNG-24.

Why use Artboards

Designers, web designer, and even photographers can benefit when using artboards. Some examples are: designs for multiple screens can be viewed side by side. Another example is multiple versions of the same photograph, composition, brochure, business card or photo collage can be viewed side by side for easier comparison.

Video tutorial

Here is my video tutorial which explains steps to export artboard or artboards as separate files. Along with steps, I am explaining and all options in Artboards to Files dialog. If you have any doubt or problem, please do not hesitate to leave comments.


Hi, guys, in this tutorial I will cover how to export Artboards to files in Photoshop CC 2017.

Ensure that you have installed the latest version of Photoshop and we can proceed with my tutorial.

The first thing that I want to mention is that you can have overlapping areas. That should be Artboard with content which is overlapping other Artboards. I am mentioning this because in Export Artboards to Files you will have the option to include or exclude this (overlapping) content.

Another thing that I want to mention is: when you have selected Artboard in the Layers panel you can open Properties panel and to choose Artboard Background Color.

In this case with Preview 1 Artboard, I have Transparent for background color but I do have a layer with black fill which is covering entire Artboard.

If I switch to Preview 2 Artboard, I have Black color for Artboard Background Color and I do not have fill layer which is covering entire Artboard. Visually both Artboards appears with the black background color. That's what you need to know before you proceed to Export Artboards to Files.

Another option that I want to mention is that you can export only certain Artboards, for example only one or range of Artboards. In that case, you should select all Artboards that you want to export before you go to File > Export > Artboards to Files.

In Artboards to Files dialog the first option is Destination. Click on Browse button and navigate where you want to save files.

The second option is File Name Prefix. You can type custom file name prefix. By default, it is the file name. If you delete file name then Photoshop will use Artboard names for file naming convention. You can type custom naming convention.

Let's proceed now to Overlapping Areas. You can include overlapping areas and all Artboards will have that content in exported files. If you don't want to include overlapping areas then check: Artboard Content Only.

Another option is: Export Selected Artboards. If you have selected one or more Artboards in the Layers panel you can use this option to export only that Artboards. Otherwise, you can uncheck this option and Photoshop will export all Artboards in your file.

Here is an option to include a background in export. If you check this option then Photoshop will use instruction from Properties panel for each Artboard. If you have some color selected then Photoshop will fill background or transparent pixels with that color.

Below we have File Type and you have lots of file types to choose: PSD, PDF, PNG 8, PNG - 24.

You have an Export Options which allows you to select options for that particular file type. You can include Transparency, color profile... Let me mention that this option Include Background in Export will actually overwrite Transparency option for PNG - 24, for example. Keep in mind that if you have checked Include background in export and your Artboard have Black color for Artboard Background Color then Photoshop will export that Artboard as PNG with the black background color.

Another interesting option is to include Artboard name. If you check this option Photoshop will expand the dialog and allow you to select the font, font size, and canvas extension color. This means that Photoshop will actually add canvas around Artboard and then will place Artboard name in the top left corner. Artboard name will be written using font and font size chosen at the bottom of the dialog.

When you are done with instructions how to export Artboards to files simply click Run button and wait a couple of seconds.

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017



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