Add files to your project

Adding Files

Once you’ve created a project, import existing Sketch and Adobe XD files or create new ones. 

The files you import or create will make up your project’s Master. Master is what we call the finalized, approved designs for a project. When you’re ready to start working, you’ll create a Branch from Master.

Add File menu

How to create new project files

If you’d like to start your project from scratch, you can create a brand new Sketch or Adobe XD file to serve as your project’s Master.

To add a brand new file to your project:

  1. Once you’ve created a project in the Abstract desktop app, click Create new file.
  2. Name your file.
  3. Decide whether you’ll use this file as a Library.
  4. Select which type of file you’d like to create.
  5. Click Create file. Your new Sketch file will appear in the Files list.

To begin designing, select your new file and click Edit to create a Branch.

How to import files to a new project

If you have existing design files, you can import them to your project. To import a Library, follow our Add a Library instructions instead.

Tip: Only import files that represent the most up-to-date version of your product. Duplicate and/or outdated files will create confusion and clutter for your team.

To import files to your project:

  1. Once you’ve created a project in the Abstract desktop app, select IMPORT FILE.
  2. Select the file from your computer.
  • ⚠️ Heads up: We recommend importing files no larger than 50MB. Abstract performs best when individual files are smaller than 50MB or contain less than 500 Artboards.
  1. Click Import. Your file will appear in the Files list.
  2. To begin designing, select your new Sketch file and click EDIT to create a Branch.

How to add files to an existing project

You can add files directly to Master or to individual Branches at any time. Files added to Branches will appear in Master once the Branch is merged.

To add files to an existing project:

  1. Open the Abstract desktop app.
  2. Select the project you’d like to add files to.
  3. Select Master from the left side pane.
  4. Drag-and-drop your file into Abstract. 
  • Alternatively, you can click ADD FILE and follow the prompts.

How to replace files in a project

To replace a file:

  1. Open the Abstract desktop app.
  2. Select the project where you’d like to replace a file. 
  3. Select Master from the left side pane.
  4. Select the FILES tab at the top.
  5. Right-click the file you wish to replace.
  6. Choose Replace….
  7. Select the replacement file from your computer.

You can find a record of the replacement in the COMMITS tab. You can also rename the file if needed by right-clicking and selecting Rename.

Supported File Types

Abstract currently supports Sketch files and Adobe XD files (public beta). If there’s a file type you’d like to see us support, let our support team know.