When we think of slices, pizza always comes to mind. Luckily, using Photoshop, you can use the same thought process to cut up your image into different ‘parts’ and then save each of them individually. This is an incredibly helpful tool with lots of advantageous uses.
Creating slices in Photoshop is a very simple three-step process that can be used to save different sections of your image as different files. To do so, use the Slice tool, and drag the area you want to separate. Then, all you have to do is name the different slices and then save them as separate files on your computer.
One of the biggest applications of the slice tool in Photoshop is to create dynamic grids on social media sites like Instagram. However, to get the insta-timeline of your dreams, you need to master the slice method! So without further ado, keep reading to learn even more about how to use this delicious-sounding Photoshop hack!
How To Export Slices In Photoshop
Luckily, you can now easily divide an image on Photoshop into sections called slices, and save them all as individual files. The best part is, slicing an image on Photoshop is a very simple process and really involves three core steps. Follow along as we dissect these steps for the best possible results.
Create New Slices On Your Image
The first step to this process is to create the slices you want to get on your image. To do so, you will need to follow these steps:
- Select the Slice tool on Photoshop. You can find this tool by right-clicking on the crop tool, and seeing it as one of the extended options behind that tool.
- Once you choose the Slice tool, Click, and then drag over the area of your image that will constitute one section.
- If you want equal sections, you can line it up to a center-aligned guide.
- To create more than two sections, continue to slice over the image.
Name The Different Slices
Now that the image has different slices, it is important to name them so that they can be appropriately saved on your computer. Here’s how you can do this:
- Double click anywhere inside the slice that you have created.
- A settings menu will pop-up.
- In the Name field, add in whatever you want to name your new slice.
Alternatively, you can also right-click inside the slice. From the menu that appears, selecting the option ‘Edit Slice Options’ will open up the same settings menu mentioned above.
Save And Export The Slices
Now, this is where the fun starts! Now that you have defined slices, you want them all saved on your computer. However, you obviously do not want to go in and save each one individually.
Luckily, there is an easy way to save them all in one fell swoop. Here’s how:
- Select ‘File’ in the main tab on Photoshop.
- From the menu, select the option ‘Export.’
- Now, choose the option ‘Save For Web.’
- The Save Dialog box will now open. First and foremost, select the file format that you would like to choose for images.
Now, here is where the tutorial divulges into two distinct options. If you want to save some of the slices you created, here’s how you can do it:
- On the left side of the dialog box, select the option ‘Slice Select.’
- Hold down the Shift Key, and select the slices that you want to save.
- Now choose the option ‘Save.’
- Select where you want the images to be placed, and then press the option ‘Save.’ again to export the selected slices.
If you want to save all of the slices at once:
- Instead of choosing Slice Select, just choose the option ‘Save.’
- When you are selecting the location for the file to be saved, look for the Slices field at the bottom of the dialog box.
- Make sure that the option ‘All Slices’ is selected.
- Now, press the ‘Save’ option to export the image slices.
Whatever is the location that you selected, Photoshop will create a folder called ‘Images’ which will contain all of your exported Slices in the format that you chose. Here’s a video tutorial for all of this to make things even clearer!
So there you have it! You can now create your image slices in no time!
Creating slices in Photoshop used to be a complicated process, but with the Slice Tool, you can now easily split images in just a few seconds. Not to mention – exporting is so easy; gone are the days when you had to save each one individually. Here’s to managing your Instagram grid layout with just a few clicks on Photoshop!