Export

Export your entire drawing as a single image or vector PDF drawing. Alternatively, export separate layers, slices of your drawing, or selected objects as individual files.

To Export Your Drawing

The entire drawing is exported as a single image, with the visible layers included.

  1. Choose ‘File > Export…’ from the main menu.
  2. Click the ‘Drawing’ Export type.
  3. Visible layers are selected (checked). As desired, check or uncheck the layers to be included. Note, if the ‘Graph Paper’ layer is checked (visible) it will be included in the export.
  4. OPTIONS: As desired, edit the following Options.
    • FORMAT – Choose the export file format (PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF and BMP) from the drop-down menu.
    • RESOLUTION – Choose the export resolution from the drop-down menu.
    • QUALITY – When exporting JPEG format, choose the desired quality of the exported image. Higher quality results in larger file sizes.
    • COLOR SPACE – Choose your desired color space for the exported graphic(s) from the drop-down menu. For example, you may want to choose ‘sRGB’ when exporting web graphics or graphics that will display on devices. You may want to choose ‘CMYK’ or ‘Adobe RGB’ when exporting for printed materials.
    • SCALE – Choose the scale of the export by typing a new percent scale. For example, 100% exports your graphics at the dimensions specified in your drawing. To double the size of the exported drawing, for example for creating Retina scaled graphics, change the scaling factor to 200%. This effectively allows any desired resolution or image size to be exported from your vector drawings.
    • TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND – For supported file types (PNG, TIFF and GIF), optionally check the box to make the background of the drawing transparent in the exported image. PDF automatically preserves background transparencies.
  5. DESTINATION: As desired, edit the Destination of the exported file(s).
    • FOLDER – Choose the folder to save the exported images to.
    • FILE NAME – Enter the file name.
    • OVERWRITE EXISTING FILES – Replaces any existing files having the same name. If unchecked, file name clashes are resolved by appending additional numbers as needed.
    • SHOW IN FINDER – Reveal files created after exporting.
  6. Click the ‘Export’ button.

HINT: Your export settings will be remembered each time you export.

To Export Individual Layers

Export individual Layers as separate files, similarly to exporting separate pages.

  1. Choose ‘File > Export…’ from the main menu.
  2. Click the ‘Layers’ Export type. Layers included here will be exported as individual files.
  3. As desired, check or uncheck the layers to be included.
  4. OPTIONS: As desired, edit the following Options.
    • FORMAT – Choose the export file format (PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF and BMP) from the drop-down menu.
    • RESOLUTION – Choose the export resolution from the drop-down menu.
    • QUALITY – When exporting JPEG format, choose the desired quality of the exported image. Higher quality results in larger file sizes.
    • COLOR SPACE – Choose your desired color space for the exported graphic(s) from the drop-down menu. For example, you may want to choose ‘sRGB’ when exporting web graphics or graphics that will display on devices. You may want to choose ‘CMYK’ or ‘Adobe RGB’ when exporting for printed materials.
    • SCALE – Choose the scale of the export by typing a new percent scale. For example, 100% exports your graphics at the dimensions specified in your drawing. To double the size of the exported drawing, for example for creating Retina scaled graphics, change the scaling factor to 200%. This effectively allows any desired resolution or image size to be exported from your vector drawings.
    • TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND – For supported file types (PNG, TIFF and GIF), optionally check the box to make the background of the drawing transparent in the exported image. PDF automatically preserves background transparencies.
  5. DESTINATION: As desired, edit the Destination of the exported file(s).
    • FOLDER – Choose the folder to save the exported images to.
    • FILE NAME – Enter text for the main part of the file name. Additionally, a second part of the file name is added to accommodate multiple separate files. Choose ‘Incremental Index’ to append an index number to the file name, or choose ‘Source Name’ to append the names of the source slices, layers or objects as shown in the Export list.
    • OVERWRITE EXISTING FILES – Replaces any existing files having the same name. If unchecked, file name clashes are resolved by appending additional numbers as needed.
    • SHOW IN FINDER – Reveal files created after exporting.
  6. Click the ‘Export’ button.

HINT: Your export settings will be remembered each time you export.

To Export Slices

Exporting Slices gives you pixel-perfect control over the size of the exported image. Unlike exporting selected objects as individual exported images, Slices export every visible object cropped to the Slice area. Thus many objects may be included within a single Slice, and those objects may be on different layers.

  1. Choose ‘File > Export…’ from the main menu.
  2. Click the ‘Slices’ Export type. Slices included here will be exported as individual files. Slices are sections of your drawing defined on the Slices layer.
  3. As desired, check or uncheck the slices to be included.
  4. OPTIONS: As desired, edit the following Options.
    • FORMAT – Choose the export file format (PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF and BMP) from the drop-down menu.
    • RESOLUTION – Choose the export resolution from the drop-down menu.
    • QUALITY – When exporting JPEG format, choose the desired quality of the exported image. Higher quality results in larger file sizes.
    • COLOR SPACE – Choose your desired color space for the exported graphic(s) from the drop-down menu. For example, you may want to choose ‘sRGB’ when exporting web graphics or graphics that will display on devices. You may want to choose ‘CMYK’ or ‘Adobe RGB’ when exporting for printed materials.
    • SCALE – Choose the scale of the export by typing a new percent scale. For example, 100% exports your graphics at the dimensions specified in your drawing. To double the size of the exported drawing, for example for creating Retina scaled graphics, change the scaling factor to 200%. This effectively allows any desired resolution or image size to be exported from your vector drawings.
    • TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND – For supported file types (PNG, TIFF and GIF), optionally check the box to make the background of the drawing transparent in the exported image. PDF automatically preserves background transparencies.
  5. DESTINATION: As desired, edit the Destination of the exported file(s).
    • FOLDER – Choose the folder to save the exported images to.
    • FILE NAME – Enter text for the main part of the file name. Additionally, a second part of the file name is added to accommodate multiple separate files. Choose ‘Incremental Index’ to append an index number to the file name, or choose ‘Source Name’ to append the names of the source slices, layers or objects as shown in the Export list.
    • OVERWRITE EXISTING FILES – Replaces any existing files having the same name. If unchecked, file name clashes are resolved by appending additional numbers as needed.
    • SHOW IN FINDER – Reveal files created after exporting.
  6. Click the ‘Export’ button.

HINT: Your export settings will be remembered each time you export.

Export Selected Objects

Selected objects in the active layer are exported as individual files. Selected objects must be within the same layer. The Layer drop-down list many be used to change the active layer.

  1. Group and select objects you want to export as a single image(s). Choose ‘File > Export…’ from the main menu.
  2. Click the ‘Selected Objects’ Export type.
  3. OPTIONS: As desired, edit the following Options.
    • FORMAT – Choose the export file format (PDF, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF and BMP) from the drop-down menu.
    • RESOLUTION – Choose the export resolution from the drop-down menu.
    • QUALITY – When exporting JPEG format, choose the desired quality of the exported image. Higher quality results in larger file sizes.
    • COLOR SPACE – Choose your desired color space for the exported graphic(s) from the drop-down menu. For example, you may want to choose ‘sRGB’ when exporting web graphics or graphics that will display on devices. You may want to choose ‘CMYK’ or ‘Adobe RGB’ when exporting for printed materials.
    • SCALE – Choose the scale of the export by typing a new percent scale. For example, 100% exports your graphics at the dimensions specified in your drawing. To double the size of the exported drawing, for example for creating Retina scaled graphics, change the scaling factor to 200%. This effectively allows any desired resolution or image size to be exported from your vector drawings.
    • TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND – For supported file types (PNG, TIFF and GIF), optionally check the box to make the background of the drawing transparent in the exported image. PDF automatically preserves background transparencies.
  4. DESTINATION: As desired, edit the Destination of the exported file(s).
    • FOLDER – Choose the folder to save the exported images to.
    • FILE NAME – Enter text for the main part of the file name. Additionally, a second part of the file name is added to accommodate multiple separate files. Choose ‘Incremental Index’ to append an index number to the file name, or choose ‘Source Name’ to append the names of the source slices, layers or objects as shown in the Export list.
    • OVERWRITE EXISTING FILES – Replaces any existing files having the same name. If unchecked, file name clashes are resolved by appending additional numbers as needed.
    • SHOW IN FINDER – Reveal files created after exporting.
  5. Click the ‘Export’ button.

HINT: Your export settings will be remembered each time you export.