I'm an Android developer who knows not much about getting assets (pngs) from a psd or ai file to multiple resolutions that the Android platform needs.

With Inkscape it's pretty straightforward. Foreach vector or image I need, I just export it to PNG for multiple resolutions.

However a client sent a psd file and I don't really know if scaling up and down images or layers inside the psd loses quality. I know that ai files are vectors so there is no quality lose, but with psd files I'm not sure.

Is it okay if I scale up and down images inside layers on the psd files for multiple resolutions without quality lose? Or I have to ask the client to send me an ai file?


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    It completely depends upon the nature of the layer. Vector or shape layers, no problem. Raster layers could be a problem (although Photoshop does a decent job of interpolating within itself). – Scott Apr 22 '15 at 1:47
  • I will try to know what type of layer is with Gimp and will come back to you – gonzalomelov Apr 22 '15 at 1:51
  • Do you know how to check it? – gonzalomelov Apr 22 '15 at 1:53
  • Not with Gimp, no. – Scott Apr 22 '15 at 1:54
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    If you load a PSD file in GIMP (2.8 and earlier, and current development versions, too), the answer is rather easy: it is a raster layer. – Michael Schumacher Apr 22 '15 at 11:45

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