In Sketch, 99% of the time, when I want to export something, I only want to export the current group or layer. However, whenever I select "Make Exportable", I have to:

  1. Find the slice layer at the very top of the layer stack
  2. Manually drag it into its group, creating a single-layer group if there is only one layer I want to export
  3. Check "Export Group Contents Only"

before I can export just that group or layer. Is there really no faster way to do this?

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I'm used to dragging a group onto desktop to export a PNG file.

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    Mar 21, 2017 at 12:47

Have you tried the Slice (S) Tool?

With it you can draw a frame on the canvas which exports the visible content which lies under it.

Sketch slice feature


Select the group you want to export. In your tools menu on the bottom right there is a CTA for "Make Exportable". Hit that and then all the layers in your group will be set in the slice.

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