Adobe Photoshop Plugin

Translating with Adobe Photoshop

This article is for Account Owners and Project Managers.

The Smartling Adobe Photoshop plugin allows you to submit content and context directly from Adobe Photoshop to Smartling for translation, and retrieve the content once it's complete.


  1. Download the Smartling Adobe Photoshop plugin from our Downloads page.
  2. Use ZXP Installer to install the extension to Adobe Photoshop.

Once installed, the Smartling plugin will be available from Window > Extensions menu in Adobe Photoshop. You will then see you see panel on the right side on the display Export, Import, and preview with Pseudo translations.

Request Translations

The Smartling Photoshop plugin allows for translating content as files that are uploaded to the Smartling platform.

  1. Click Export to a file to create a JSON file of the content in the current Photoshop image to a JSON file in the location of the open image.
  2. Take a screenshot of your Photoshop image
  3. Upload the JSON file to a Resource File type project in Smartling for translation.

Upload the image file to the Image Context tab in your Resource File project. If you do not have access to the Smartling platform, you can provide your files to your Smartling administrator for translation.

Preview Design Changes

The Smartling Photoshop plugin allows you to create pseudo translated images directly in Photoshop. Pseudo translation allows for mimicking the effect of translation on the layout of an image without actually doing the translation. The extension automatically creates two new pseudo translated images - one with word size expanded and another with word size reduced.

Download and Import Translations

To create translated images from a translated file:

  1. Download the translated JSON files from Smartling.
  2. Use Import translations from file, select the JSON file containing the translated content, and the plugin will create a new translated image in Photoshop.

Make sure that the corresponding Photoshop (.psd) file is already open in Photoshop during import. Also, do not change the file names of the Photoshop or JSON files.

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