Importing From Sketch

There are two ways to import your designs from Sketch into ProtoPie.

  • Plugin (recommended): Install the ProtoPie plugin for Sketch and open the plugin in Sketch.
  • Legacy: Open the Sketch file that you would like to use for importing and open ProtoPie Studio. Select Import from the file menu in ProtoPie.

ProtoPie Plugin for Sketch

Download and install ProtoPie plugin for Sketch, which requires ProtoPie 5.4 or higher. Learn more about installing plugins for Sketch.

With the ProtoPie plugin for Sketch, you have lightning speed and flexibility at your fingertips. Import your designs from Sketch into ProtoPie, all done locally–without any latency.

Control what you import. Import artboards as scenes, and objects with the same layer hierarchy, positioning, and constraints as in Sketch.

For the best performance, keep Sketch open and visible on your desktop while importing your designs into ProtoPie.

First time? Try the ProtoPie plugin for Sketch with this example file.

Supported Properties

  • Visibility
  • Lock
  • Position
  • Size
  • Rotation
  • Opacity
  • Constraints
  • Fill (solid color & image)
  • Borders
  • Shadow

Learn more about layer properties in ProtoPie.

Differences Between the Plugin and Legacy Import

The ProtoPie plugin for Sketch allows you to:

  • Import one or multiple artboards and objects.
  • Import artboards as scenes.
  • Import what you selected.
  • Import vector layers as SVG.
  • Import text layers as SVG that can be converted to text layers.
  • Import constraints as constraints.
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Importing as Scenes

Import an artboard in Sketch as a scene in ProtoPie while keeping the same name. It's possible to import one or multiple artboards as scenes at once. Importing artboards as scenes is based on Sketch's layer hierarchy.

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Importing Objects

Import objects with the same layer hierarchy, positioning, and constraints as in Sketch. It's possible to import one or multiple objects at once.

Components and component instances in Sketch are imported as containers. Convert them to components to keep them as components in ProtoPie. Learn more about components.

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Importing as SVG

Import vector layers in Sketch as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) in ProtoPie. To make their properties editable, just convert them to shapes after importing. ProtoPie does not support all SVG properties yet. Learn more about SVG layers.

Importing Text Layers

Import text layers in Sketch as SVG in ProtoPie. To make their properties editable, convert them to text layers after importing. Learn more about text layers.

Reimporting

Generally, reimported artboards and objects from Sketch would replace what was imported before. However, there are some exceptions to consider.

  • If you changed some properties of an imported object in ProtoPie, reimporting would not affect this particular object.
  • If you changed the layer hierarchy after importing, reimporting would not affect this adjusted layer hierarchy. For example, you added an imported layer to a newly created scroll container.
  • A deleted imported layer would not be reimported, unless you select only this specific layer in Sketch and import this into ProtoPie.
  • If you want to have duplicates of a scene or object, just import it once and duplicate it. For example, you want an artboard from Sketch as 2 scenes in ProtoPie. Import this once and duplicate the scene to create a second one.

Legacy Sketch Import

ProtoPie provides a variety of ways on how you can import your designs from Sketch on macOS. You can customize the importing process by importing every layer or only the layers that have been set as exportable from Sketch.

Make changes to your designs in Sketch and re-import your designs into ProtoPie. This means that you can go back and forth between Sketch and ProtoPie, ensuring a seamless design and prototyping workflow.

Artboard

Select the artboard from Sketch that will be imported

Import Size

Set the magnification factor for layers. This can be changed based on the size of the selected artboard in Sketch

All layer structure

All layers from an artboard are imported in a folder structure

Exportable layers

Only layers that have been set to "exportable" are imported

Overwrite positions of layers

Overwriting position values of layers when re-importing an artboard from Sketch

Overwrite sizes of layers

Overwriting size values of layers when re-importing an artboard from Sketch

Update layer orders and grouping structure

Update layer orders and grouping structure when re-importing an artboard from Sketch

Remove layers deleted in Sketch

Remove layers that have been deleted in Sketch when re-importing an artboard from Sketch

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FAQs

  • Why does importing my designs with mask layers from Sketch not work?

    ProtoPie can only import artboards if all mask layers and layers affected by the mask layers have been grouped. However, when a mask layer and the layers affected by this mask layer are at the top of layer hierarchy within an artboard, it could be that they are not grouped.

    Group a mask layer and layers affected by this mask layer if they happen to be ungrouped.

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