How can I export a Sketch document as PDF without hidden layers?
I have designed my CV in Sketch. Iâ€™ve done it in two languages (French and English) in the same file. When I want to export the English version, I turn off the layers which have French text.
However, I notice that when I export my CV as a PDF, the file size is very large (2MB). This is because there are so many layers being exported (even the hidden ones for some reason).
So my question is â€” is there a way in Sketch to export everything but not export hidden layers?
Donâ€™t export your sharable copy to PDF â€” print it to PDF.
Exporting creates a PDF that is essentially a master digital copy, ready to be opened in Illustrator or another PDF-savvy app for further editing. All the layers and metadata and other information is intact.
Printing creates a PDF that is essentially what you would get if you printed to a sheet of paper and then scanned it back into the computer. This is also called a â€œflattenedâ€ PDF. It is final output for sharing, not editable output for further editing. Sometimes you will see a PDF named similarly to â€œCororate_Report_flat.pdfâ€ and the flat means â€œthis is printout, not a master copy.â€
Of course, you will want to keep your Sketch document and ideally also an Exported PDF as master copies for future revisions. But you share the printed one.
If you havenâ€™t printed to PDF before, you go File â–¶ Print and then there is a little PDF menu on the print dialog where you can choose â€œSave as PDF.â€ That printed PDF will be a lot smaller in file size and wonâ€™t have any hidden layers.