Copy-and-paste Sketch artboard into different Sketch document without overwriting symbols in different artboards
I have a Sketch file within which there are multiple artboards. Each artboard details a screen of a web app UI Iâ€™m designing. There are many symbols/styles used across the artboards.
I want to try out different colour schemes in the design of the UI so Iâ€™ve created a new document and pasted various artboards in.
For the first artboard I pasted in, I made changes to colours throughout the UI. However, whenever I paste a new artboard (from the original Sketch file) all the styles Iâ€™ve created in the new document are overwritten by styles/symbols coming from the original document.
How can I copy-and-paste a Sketch artboard into a different Sketch document without overwriting the symbols or styles that have been changed in that document?
There's no perfect solution for this but my guess is the easiest way is to do this:
- Duplicate artboard in original file
- Detach all elements from symbol
- Copy/paste artboard into new file
- Change elements as needed
I assume you'll be fiddling with the colors in some screens, not a whole bunch of them. If you need to repeat the same change multiple times you could always create another symbol under a different name. This way you would have to update the file as you change the original but since it's just for color prototyping I wouldn't worry too much about small changes.