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In Photoshop, I want to create 3 different sizes of the same logo. There will be some differences in the look of the logo depending on target screen size.

I believe the slice tool is what I want but I'm not sure. I've been learning more about the slice tool. It seems if I use it for creating differently sized logos, it will save lots of time as everything can be saved at once. This way, I don't have to create three different images with three different saves.

Is the slice tool the most efficient way to handle the above scenario?

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The slice tool is not the tool you need. The slice tool is used to divide one image into many images, not resize one image. You need to actually resize the file via Image > Image Size. For what it's worth, logos should be created in a vector application, not Photoshop. –  Scott May 26 '13 at 18:23
    
I suppose you could create an image with 3 separate iterations of the log and then use the slice tool to define each area of the image. Seems like a cumbersome workflow to me though. –  Scott May 26 '13 at 18:45
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@Scott - Can't you accomplish the same thing by placing all three images on the same pallet, slicing them and saving? Isn't one save better than 3? Besides, as I mentioned above, there are slight differences in each image. –  4thSpace May 26 '13 at 18:45
    
@Scott - interesting. I was thinking the method you pointed out was cumbersome. –  4thSpace May 26 '13 at 18:46
    
Beat you by 13 seconds :) For me 3 files would be better and more reliable. I'd know I'm working on the correct file when needed. A logo should be created once then pretty much never touched again. Wouldn't you want 3 files to be able to place each instance independently of the others? –  Scott May 26 '13 at 18:47
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I would personally have them in the same workspace, and as you mention I'd slice them for saving.

Only difference with the comments is, I'd also have each image in a separate smart object. That way, you can edit them freely in a different 'file' so to say, but see the results in comparison with the other two in the same canvas. I'm guessing this might be something similar to what you are looking for because I'm assuming you want to work with pixel perfection for the smaller ones (might be wrong!).

If the logos are very similar between them, I'd have more smart Objects ("yo dawg, I heard you like smart Objects so I put your smart Objects inside other smartObjects"). You could have a basic one that is common to all of them, and then different styles drawn on top of it fit each version.

Workflow:

  • In a new document, create three copies of you image

  • Convert each one into a separate Smart Object

  • Create slices for each logo size

  • Double click on a Smart Object will open it up for you, so you can edit it. Clicking save on the newly opened document will apply the changes you just made to the one in the main document.

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Nice. I need to read more about smart objects. Do you know of any tutorials showing the specific workflow you mention above? –  4thSpace May 26 '13 at 20:45
    
Think I see what you have. Does this sound right: 3 images in one PSD as smart objects. Double click a smart object, which opens a new PSD with only that object. Edit newly opened PSD and it also edits just that one smart object. Save smart object PSD for web. I think it is an ok workflow and much better than opening 3 files...although you kind of end up opening them anyways. Is it possible to edit and have that cascade to all smart objects instead of just one? This would be in case you want to edit a common element (i.e., color). –  4thSpace May 27 '13 at 2:28
    
@4thSpace For example: 1. Select your image(s). 2. Convert to smart object. 3. Duplicate that smart object ctrl + j ( cmd on mac ). 4. Downsize the duplicated smart object and repeat 3 and 4 as many times as needed. Later on double click any of those to edit the content and press ctrl + s ( cmd on mac )... -- as an example: github.com/joonaspaakko/Photoshop-Image-Framer-Export-Script this sort of follows the same idea, except the file saving is handled by a script. You basically open the top smartobject to make changes, then save it and go back to the original doc and run the script. –  Joonas May 27 '13 at 5:36
    
Unfortunately, that script doesn't work. It just throws an element not found error after you type in a name on save. That script aside, you still will need to save all versions of the file. But at least you can open the one main PSD rather than opening all of those different versions...right? Is that the main takeaway? –  4thSpace May 27 '13 at 6:18
    
@4thSpace I'm thinking you used the script in any random file. Unfortunately it is somewhat tied to the template files that are included, as it is made for a very specific task. -- I was kinda in a hurry, so I didn't explain myself well, I just posted that to kind of show how this could be done. -- Basically without any script you can make slices around the images and then save the original document with Save for web & devices. Just take the slice tool and "draw" boxes around your images and when you save with Save for web & devices, it creates image for each slice. –  Joonas May 27 '13 at 6:41
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This could also be done in Illustrator (inspired by the answers here):

If the original artwork is vector...

1. Convert your artwork to a Symbol

Put your artwork on your main artboard. Select all of the artwork, then hit the New Symbol button on the Symbols pane (alternatively you can drag the selected artwork to the Symbols pane). That will convert your artwork to a symbol.

2. Create a set of artboards, one for each output size you want.

I've got 3 artboards of varying sizes. Each just has the symbol that I've made from the SE logo. Then, from the Symbols pane, drag out your artwork and place it on the other artboards (and resize it as you like)

Illustrator

3. Edit the logo as needed

To edit the logo, just double click the symbols on the Symbols pane:

Edit Symbol

When done editing, hit escape and all the instances of the symbol will get updated:

Updated Symbol

4. Export the artwork

The exporting part is where Illustrator's power play comes into effect.

FileExport... as PNG, make sure you Use Artboards (all):

Export Logo

The artboards and your resolutions will all be automatically saved based on the artboard name.


If the original artwork is from Photoshop...

Very similar set up, just ignore the symbols part. Instead, use FilePlace... and place the .PSD into the document as many times as you have artboards. You can still update the artwork in Photoshop. Every time you save it in PS, Illustrator will ask if you'd like to update it:

Update Links

However, at this point I'd probably go with Yisela's solution instead. No need to split the workflow up between two different programs.

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http://www.cutandslice.me/ might be helpful - ?! - free plugin. if you are dev'ing for android and need the exact same img in xhdpi hdpi mdpi then it looks like this plugin would work for you (read the page before using.... you have to specifically name layers with certain syntax like adding # before then name for it to work properly.

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