Now that we’ve defined all the features for the avatar, we can start creating our poses. The first step for that is to export the layers from our source file. There are 3 things to consider when preparing your avatar file for export.
Great, now that we’ve set the best practice for preparing the layers for export, it’s time to actually export the files. For this we’ll be using an open source Photoshop script that’s free to download. Follow the link under the video to get it for yourself and use the simple instructions to install it. You can run the script from File -> Scripts or assign it a shortcut.
We start by choosing the output destination, we’ve created a folder already. For “Export” select “All Layers” and uncheck “Visible Only” to make sure everything is exported. For the “Filenames”, choose “Use layer and parent group names”. For “Output options” select “Top Groups as Folders”. Finally, in the “Export as” section, select “PNG-24” and tick the “Transparency” box. Now we’re ready to press the “Run” button. It’s super quick and all the layers will be saved and grouped in our destination folder.
Let’s open the output folder - all the features have been saved - and we’ve got separate folders for each feature, with a consistent filename structure for all the layers. This will make it very easy to import into the two worlds studio.