Slicy – Magic with PSDs

MacRabbit – Slicy – Magic with PSDs.

This, for me, is one of those “I can’t believe it went until 2012 without this existing” stories. Slicy is the latest application from MacRabbit, the shop famous for Espresso and CSSEdit before that.

When building out the front end, you may be all too familiar with the process of:

  1. New Layer
  2. Merge
  3. Select All
  4. Copy
  5. New Document
  6. Paste
  7. Save for Web and Devices…

Otherwise known as ⌘⇧N » Return » ⌘E » ⌘A » ⌘C » ⌘N » Return » ⌘V » ⌘⇧⌥S » Return.

That string of key commands is embedded in my brain as I use it dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of times on every project. Slicy aims to solve that problem by appropriately structuring and naming your layers in the PSD itself, and after a quick drag and drop end up with separate files appropriately named after being run through the process outlined above. It’s quite genius. I haven’t had the chance to check it out but I’m psyched about the premise.

While it’s not a silver bullet, it could remove a ton of tediousness from every single project I work on.