Photoshop: Add 9-Slice Scaling

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Add 9-Slice Scaling to Photoshop CS6. This would be hugely beneficial, especially with the advancements made with the shape tools.
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Mark Steinruck

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Joshua Stachowski

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As an Interface Designer, creating 9-slice components is my bread-and-butter. When creating mock ups in Photoshop, re-sizing a complex component that would be 9-sliced in the final implementation is a chore. A significant MAJORITY of my time is spent on this one thing alone.

If smart objects had the ability to specify 9-Slice scaling guides, it would be a dramatic improvement for our workflow.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Enable 9 patch / 9 slice for Smart Objects.

It would be wonderful for UI Design to have 9 patch on smart objects, similar to the implementation found in Illustrator.

This would allow me to create a UI Kit for iOS and Mac OS where buttons, fields, windows, etc all can be resized and retain their shapes.

In these screenshots you can see some examples where some of those elements could be 9 sliced and could be reused.

Compound that with Smart Object states and you could have 1 smart object for all your buttons no matter what size they are.

Same for windows:

How could it be implemented simply?

On a very basic level you could implement this by leveraging Guides to serve as 9 patch. If the user has 2* or 4 guides inside their smart object

then a new option could appear in the Properties menu.

*2 guides would serve as a 3 patch, for objects that can only be scaled vertically or horizontally but not both.
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Joe Horan

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This was requested 5 years ago and it's still a very needed tool in photoshop.

I'm a UI designer and this is such a basic feature across all platforms (web, android, unity, etc) that I'm shocked to find this is still a missing feature.

Don't fall behind Adobe
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Mike Wach

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How is this still not a feature, even with Photoshop CC 2018???
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oscar losan

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incomprehensible in 2018