Import Photoshop / PSD
Import Photoshop file with options to select layers and/or artboards.
This would increase ease of use and workflow, so a user is not always switching between apps. Import options for layers, artboards, or even layer comps, would also cut down a lot of rework.
I’m glad to announce that we’ve just released this feature!
You can bring your Photoshop files into XD by simply opening a PSD file with the CMD-O command or by selecting “Open” from the “File” menu. Your file will automatically convert into a new XD file with your artboards, layers, and assets editable and at a high fidelity.
You can find more details about March release here:
Note that we bring in Photoshop elements and effects that can be mapped to XD’s functionality, the rest are either rasterized or not transferred yet to the XD file. Learn more about what is supported here:
Let us know your feedback.
Ian Steven Mancera commented
Since Adobe has a long time coming on having a solution on UX designing, as many of us know that some use most commonly is Photoshop on UX designing, but it would be hard to just rework all that many work had done in Photoshop, or just copy it one by one so it would be nice if we could open a PSD on XD, and now turn it to an XD document, and read and support all of it's nested layers and artboards. To those layer styles that still isn't yet supported by XD, XD could just rasterize it for either the user to recreate natively by XD or keep it, like so many layer styles, filters, maskings (i have no idea if XD support maskings yet) linkings and much more. I know this will take time to engineer but this will be much appreciated if this feedback ever happen to listened and put to back log.
Also I know some users ue Illus too so Illus migrate support too
Dejay Depusoir (Depidesign) commented
I like this idea... if a .psd or .ai file contains multiple artboards for a product design, it would be nice for Adobe XD to import everything native to file (layers as well) and begin prototyping/animating the designs. :)
I opened XD today for the first time to see if it had functionality like Sketch Measure and the first thing I tried to do was open a PSD.
Daniel Tomalin commented
It would be great if this feature worked like:
1. UX creates wireframes in XD
2. Share XD Wireframe with UI designer so they can import it into PS (including layers)
3. UI can create HIFI design
4. UX can then import that design into XD and prototype it
And please, allow people to upvote comments in this site. That would reduce the duplication and bring your attention to what matters from the eyes of the customers. Otherwise you are left with hundreds of texts to parse and sort out, and with so much data you are unlikely to get the priorities right every time.
Even if you allow importing as a "copy merged" image, no layers or anything, and then allow users to define areas to click and transition between these static assets, that would already make XD useful to me. As a plus, if you implement something like Linked Smart Objects where I could still make changes in Photoshop and just have it refreshed in XD, that would be great.
This is the number one thing needed for anyone to go with XD and the adobe stack over Sketch. People using Sketch and Invision don't care for XD, really. It's the people doing things in Photoshop that do, so if you don't create a direct bridge to bring on all assets and artboards from a PSD / PSB file into into XD, you are basically catering to a very small subset of people out there. I was eagerly waiting XD for windows, until I saw I can't bring anything I have on Photoshop, so for now this is not useful to me.
... And Adobe misses the primary reason people would want to use their UX/UI design tool over Sketch. Amazing to me!
This should be done in a really easy way - just let us place linked PSD file within the XD.
With thing like layer comps we can then easily choose the artboard to display single screen and have it refreshed when sth will be changed within the PSD file. You don't need to have then the advanced functionalities of PSD within the not so complicated prototyping tool like XD...
Nick Harris commented
Assuming native file import in soon here, given that many of us UXers have already built extensive prototype assets in (for example) Photoshop. Do NOT want to recreate everything again in XD and do NOT want to import flattened, hard to edit files.
Gerrit Lohmann commented
This should be a no brainer.
XD is a nice idea but I think Adobe are trying to solve the prototyping issue with two apps.
I agree with the idea of Adobe XD's features into a new release of photoshop as a workspace like they already have with 3D text etc.
This would improve photoshop for UI users to no end. Prototyping would be more efficient.
Carl Durocher commented
For my whole design team to use XD, this feature is definitely a must.
Chris H commented
I agree to be able to import PSD layers into XD is a MUST have! Please can this happen or as other people say could it be reverse engineered as a PS feature?
Seems like a no brainer here @adobe
Sean Smith commented
I agree with the many commenters who think the prototyping elements of XD should be brought into Photoshop.
If not, then we should have the ability to import entire Photoshop files in full layers. This would eliminate the need to redesign an entire project from scratch in XD.
Are we supposed to use this tools without any other Adobe Apps ? Because that's how it looks.
Ed Stennett commented
This is vital.
In fact, XD is NOTHING but
1. Interaction arrows.
2. Repeat Grid.
3. Preview Play.
4. Guide Measurement while moving.
They could have given these as "UPDATES" in PS or AI.
They create useless expectations in users for XD.
It's disappointing from Adobe.
Adobe should see "proto.io" once.
Adobe is simply complicating the stuff. Adobe PS has much many features. When compared to XD, the main stuffs that are missed out in PS, are the "Interaction Linking", "Repeat Grid" and the "Play Preview".
Simplicity is bringing these UX/UI new features into PS.
Publicity is creating a new app called XD and make wait your Windows users for nearly a year and lacking all vital features of PS. Headache while importing assets into XD.
Adobe should understand that a "feature is not an "app".