How To Slice In Figma

Figma, a popular design tool, allows designers to create interactive prototypes and share designs with teams. Slicing is one of the most powerful features in Figma, useful for exporting parts of your design. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of slicing in Figma.

What is Slicing?

Slicing in Figma allows you to create a defined area in your design that you can export as an image file. This is particularly useful when you need to export only specific parts of your design, such as icons or logos, instead of the entire frame.

Step-by-step Guide to Slicing in Figma

1. Open Your Design in Figma

Start by opening your Figma design file. You can do this by navigating to the Figma website or desktop app, logging in to your account, and opening the design file from your recent files or projects.

2. Select the Slice Tool

Once your design is open, select the Slice tool from the toolbar on the left side of the screen. The Slice tool icon looks like a pair of scissors slicing through a piece of paper.

3. Draw a Slice Over the Part of the Design You Want to Export

Click and drag to draw a slice over the part of the design you want to export. The area within the slice will be exported as an image. You can resize the slice by clicking and dragging the handles on the edges of the slice.

4. Export Your Slice

With the slice selected, navigate to the ‘Export’ panel on the right side of the screen. Click the + button to add an export setting. Here you can select the file type (for example, PNG, JPG, SVG), the size of the exported image, and other settings. Click ‘Export’ to save the sliced image to your computer.

Slicing in Figma with Code

If you are a developer, you might be wondering if you can slice in Figma programmatically. The answer is yes! Figma provides a robust API that you can use for this purpose. Below is an example of how you can use the API to get a slice of a Figma file:

    const figma = require('figma-api');
    const fileId = 'YOUR_FILE_ID';
    const sliceId = 'YOUR_SLICE_ID';

    figma.getFileNodes(fileId, [sliceId])
        .then(response => {
            const slice = response.nodes[sliceId];
            console.log(`The slice is: ${slice}`);
        .catch(error => {
            console.error(`Error: ${error}`);

In this code, replace ‘YOUR_FILE_ID’ and ‘YOUR_SLICE_ID’ with the ID of your Figma file and the ID of the slice you want to export. This script will print the slice to the console.


Slicing in Figma is a handy feature that allows you to export parts of your design as image files. Whether you are a designer or a developer, knowing how to slice in Figma can make your design workflow more efficient. Happy slicing!