Herbert123 wrote:I would again like to request a new export option for layers.
In general, I don't like almost all of those options. They are way too complicated and are not something I would use.
I understand that you may not use it, but that is because you do not develop/design for websites, mobile, and 2d games. For anyone remotely working in said fields these features are almost essential to have. Thing is, the competition already has similar features in place (Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Sketch, etc.), and web export is important enough for most users to ensure to keep those updated. Currently Photoline is really behind in this.
In particular, I don't like adding those export options to the Layer Properties, which has very many options already. When you consider that the information in the properties panel will already expand for additional vector fill/stroke items, that panel would quickly become too full of stuff. (The only additional item I'd like to see in the Layer Properties would be a field for "Comments" to aid in searching....)
Well, I do agree the layer properties are cluttered with options already. Putting these options in an additional web export settings panel instead would be an alternative. Only users who would actually need access to these settings would then have them available to them. They would not get in your way, or other users who do not require these options in their workflow.
Having said that, I do agree that it would be nice to have an additional item under File...Export: Export Layers. This would export the selected layers and be very useful. Care would need to be taken when exporting a layer to also export its child adjustment layers. For example, given this set of layers:
the Curves and Histogram adjustments applied to the motorcycle and its original background should definitely be applied as part of the export. What I'm trying to achieve here is to get the original image as adjusted without having to first make the "Master Mask" (which isolates the motorcycle from its original background) and the background graphic invisible. In other words, the new Export Layers function would export the selected layers and their child layers, but not their parent layers.
Photoline can already export selected layers and groups of layers: select one or more groups or layers, and choose Layer-->Management-->Save Layer. The selected layers and groups will be saved.
The issue I have with this option is that:
1) it is not possible to save multiple layers with different settings all at once. I need to select and export each layer/group individually.
2) every single time I must re-export the same assets, I am forced to go through this again, and again, and again. A single change in overall colour: export every single asset once more, and I have to keep changing the settings again, and again, and again. It is very awkward and inconvenient.
3) settings are not kept for layer export.
4) there is no way to export all assets in one go, with the required settings.
5) often multiple versions of the same asset are required for responsive design, and retina/normal screens. Thumbnails as well. That means I have to manually scale and export every single asset. And with a client change I am forced to go through this again.
It all takes SO MUCH TIME, while in Photoshop and other tools it is a matter of defining the settings once, setting the paths once, and deciding which sizes I require ONCE. Then just export everything in one fell swoop. Photoshop even allows for automatic generation WHILE the user works on changes. Even the paths and files update when the structure is changed: which means less work for the developer.
Anyway, the tools are already present in Photoline. We just need a way to save export and scaling settings and export paths for selected layers/groups. Whether those settings become available in the layer properties, or in a dedicated panel is not important. Important is that it becomes possible - the competition is able to do it, and Photoline could implement it in such a way that it outpaces the competition.