How to Export Slices of an Image in Affinity Photo

When it comes to exporting slices in Affinity Photo, there are a couple of methods you can use. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to slice images and how export them. We’ll start by discussing the Export Persona and then move on to the Slice Tool and Slices Panel. Finally, we’ll show you how to create slices and export your image using different settings. Let’s get started!

Exporting Slices of an Image in Affinity Photo

Exporting slices of an image is about taking a large image and breaking it down into small, more manageable pieces. This is done as the large image can be loaded more quickly if someone visits a website. The smaller images are easier for the computer to process and don’t take too long to load.

There are two main ways to export slices in Affinity Photo:

  1. Using the Export Persona
  2. Using the Slice Tool.

Let’s take a look at each method.

1. Export Persona in Affinity Photo

The Export Persona is a workstation that allows you to export layers, groups, and objects as export slices to numerous file formats and image size at the same time. You’ll also be able to output custom-drawn slices. This persona offers various tools and panels which allow you to export parts of an image and/or an entire document.

Slice creation is done using a combination of panels and tools in the Export Persona. Slice areas are export regions that you choose to output from your document. In the Export Persona, the Layers panel, Export Options panel, and Slices panel are functional together. The Slice Tool is a unique tool to create and manipulate slices.

The interface of the Export Persona is made of these three panels as follows:

  1. Layers panel
  2. Slices Panel
  3. Export Options panel

These panels manage and prepare slices in Affinity Photo with the aim of exporting. Let’s take a look at each one in more detail.

Layers panel

The Layers panel is where you’ll find all the layers, groups, and objects in your document. You can use this panel to turn on and off the visibility of certain slices. This is useful if you want to focus on a particular area of your document.

When you want to export slices in Affinity Photo, the program will automatically proportion them according to the size of the selected part. Select the slice, the top-right circle sign indicates- it is auto-sized and the square symbol indicates- it is re-sized.

Slices Panel

The Slices Panel observes all the slices created in your document. You can use this panel to turn on and off the visibility of certain slices, as well as delete or rename them. This is considered more accurate than the Slice Tool.

To create Slices,

  • Simply select the Slice Tool from the left toolbar and drag on the area of your image that you want to slice.
  • Once you’ve selected the area you want to slice, a new panel will open up on the right side of the screen. This panel is called the Slices Panel and it contains all of the settings for exporting the slices.
  • In the Slices Panel, you’ll see a preview of your image and a list of options for creating your slices. To create a slice, simply select the type of slice you want from the list and then click on the Create Slice button.

Once you’ve created your slice, you can adjust the settings by clicking on the Settings button. This will open up a dialog box where you can choose your file format, quality, and other settings. Once it is finished, click on the Export button to save the slices.

When creating a slice, automatically a name is placed based on the layer it was created from. However, you can rename it by double-clicking on the name and typing in a new one.

If you want to delete a slice, simply select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

You can also use the Slices panel to output your slices to different file formats. To do this, select the slices you want to export and click on the Export Selected button. This will open up the Export dialog, where you can choose your file format and destination.

Things to remember when exporting slices

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when exporting slices:

  • By default, Affinity Photo will export your slices as PNG files.
  • If you want to export your slices as JPEG files, you’ll need to change the file format in the Export dialog.
  • When exporting JPEG files, you’ll need to specify the quality of the image. The higher the quality, the larger the file size will be.
  • You can also choose to export your slices as PDF files. This is useful if you want to send them to someone else or print them out.

The final thing to note is, that during exporting slices in Affinity Photo, they are saved in the same location as the original document. You can also choose to export them to a different location by clicking on the Browse button in the Export dialog.

Export Options panel

The Export Options panel allows you to set up your default export settings, as well as those for the item that you’re currently working on, before generating a slice.

2. Slice Tool in Affinity Photo

The second way to export slices in Affinity Photo is by using the Slice Tool. The Slice Tool is a popular tool in the Export Persona handy for the production of slices.

To use it,

  • Simply click and drag on your document to create a slice.
  • You can also hold down the Shift key while dragging to constrain the slice to a square or circle.
  • Once you’ve created a slice, you can move it around by clicking and dragging on it.

Once you’ve selected the areas you want to slice, a new panel will open up on the right side of the screen. This panel is called the Slices Panel and it contains all of the settings for exporting slices.

To export your slices, simply click on the Export button at the bottom of the panel. This will open up a dialog box where you can choose your file format, quality, and other settings. After the process is finished, click on the Export button to save the slices.

Export settings in Affinity Photo

Each file type is accessible in the Export Options panel and the Export Dialog has a variety of options that influence the generated files.

General settings in Affinity Photo

The following settings are available for all file types. The availability of these options is determined via the export process.

  • Mode– The export options for the selected export area vary from the default export option settings if Selection is enabled; when Defaults are switched on, default export options are set for new slices.
  • Preset– The Export dialog box lets you choose from a variety of pre-defined export settings for a number of popular file types, color modes, and bit depths. Choose one from the pop-up menu.
  • File Format– Choose the desired format for your exported file. Select from the pop-up menu.
  • Resample– Select the resampling method you want to use. On export, up-sampled or down-sampled is selected. This option is available when you pick More for the PDF, SVG, and EPS file types.
  • Area– With the ‘Select Layer(s) Only’ option, export the layer content currently selected. You may also choose to export only the current layer’s content using the ‘Selection Area.’
  • Don’t export layers hidden by Export Persona– Layers that are hidden in Export Persona are removed from the exported file if they appear on the page. If this option is switched on, all objects on the page (which are within the Area chosen above) will be included in the export regardless of whether they are hidden in Export Persona.

Resampling methods in Affinity Photo

You may also choose between the following resampling methods:

  • Nearest Neighbor- The ideal choice for super-fast processing. The fastest resampling method is simple resampling, which takes the fastest time to complete. It’s appropriate for hard-edge photos.
  • Bilinear- The algorithm is handy to optimize photographs.
  • Bicubic– After you’ve created your original image, you may use resampling to make it appear more accurate. Resampling is smoother than Bilinear and has a longer processing time.
  • Lanczos 3– This setting takes a long time to compute. There are two types: separable and non-separable, the latter of which produces slightly better outcomes but takes somewhat longer to execute. Separable and Separable resampling provides excellent results but with longer computation times.

You also have Multi-Format Settings to export based on several other conditions as per your requirement.

Conclusion

We went over some of the basics of Exporting Slices, the Slice Tool and Export settings and the various export options. Affinity photo is a great tool for editing photos and exporting slices. With its easy-to-use interface and variety of export options, it’s a great choice for both beginners and experts alike.

That’s all there is to how you can export slices in Affinity Photo! By using the Export Persona or the Slice Tool, you can easily create and export your slices with just a few clicks. Give it a try and see how it works for you.

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