Web design industry is more competitive than ever before. Clients are more demanding and want unique designs in less possible time. This has forced web designers to juggle multiple balls at once. As a result, they must rely on tools. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. Irrespective of which tool you use, you might find some features missing here and there. Thankfully, you can fill in those gaps by installing some useful plugins.

Deciding on which plugins to install is another challenge as there are hundreds of web design plugins out there. To help you with that, we have put together a list that will help you choose the right plugins. These plugins can not only make your life easy by streamlining your web design process but saves a lot of your time.

In this article, you will learn about seven useful plugins that can help you streamline your web design process and make your life easy.

1. Nik Collection

As the name suggests, it is not a single plugin but a collection of seven different plugins from popular tools such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Previously, this photo processing package uses to cost $500, but Google bought Nik Collection and gave it to us for free. Now, it is acquired by DxO. Apart from the usual features, it comes with some advanced features as well.

Analog Efex Pro, a tool that lets you mimic the look and feel of analog cameras, film, and lenses. Another tool in the package Color Efex gives you access to tons of filters and makes it easy for you to do color correction, apply effects, and retouch images. There is also a tool called Define, which lets you process images with noise reduction technology. Users can bring out the finer details in images by using Sharpner Pro. Turn photos into HDR masterpieces by using HDR Efex Pro. 

2. Getty Plugin from Creative Cloud

Adobe creative cloud plugin is no slouch, but this Getty plugin from the creative cloud takes things to a whole new level. Users can get access to premium photos, vectors, and videos inside their app by using this plugin. It not only integrates easily but works flawlessly with Adobe’s software such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, and more. Whether you want to search for an image or video or want to carry out automatic edits, you can do both that too without leaving the interface.

3. FontShelf Maker

Typography can make or break your designs. It can directly impact the user experience your users will get from your website. That is why it is important to choose the fonts that align with your brand personality and make your design accessible. If you are one of those who are riding on the wave of custom fonts and want to make your own fonts, then this plugin is for you. A custom font might take a long time to create, but it will certainly make your web design stand out from the crowd.

FontShelf Maker can help you in converting letting you create in Illustrator and Photoshop into a OneType display font, which can easily be used on your website. All you must do is to play around with certain layers, drag and drop them, and you are good to go. Stick to a couple of fonts, so it does not make your design look odd.

4. Guide Guide

If you are a web designer or New York web design agency who is working on a web design project that has a tight deadline, then this plugin is an ideal choice for you. Guide Guide save a lot of your time by letting users implement grid layouts to their designs, whether they are created in Illustrator, Sketch, or Photoshop. Users don’t even have to set margins and define guidelines, and Guide Guide plugin does all the hard work on its own. There are a 14 days free trial, after which you will have to pay $7 each month to use this handy plugin.

5. ColorKit

There are instances when you are using so many different colors that you lose track of them. That is where plugins like ColorKit can come in handy. It tells you about all the colors you have used in your web design project. This can save you a lot of time when replacing your swatches in Photoshop. This plugin also gives you the ability to collect colors from various sources and link colors with your layers without any hassle. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, this plugin will cost you $20.

6. Layrs Controls 2

Whether you love layers or hate them, they are an integral part of your web design workflow. If you use layers extensively in your design, it will slow down your web design process. Making small changes can take a lot of time if you have multiple layers. 

Fully justifying its name, Layrs Control 2 helps you manage your layers efficiently by using a new panel in Photoshop. Whether you want to flatten layers or remove unused effects from it, you can easily do that by using this plugin. Users can also rasterize and convert small objects in the desired format and size. This will speed up your web design process.

7. RH Hover Color Picker

Photoshop has a built-in color picker tool, but it is not user friendly. If you are one of those who is looking for an intuitive alternative, then look no further than RH hover color picker. It will cost you $16, but it is a one time fee. Customize your color sliders and take control of the process. What makes RH hover color picker stand out from Photoshop native color picking tool is that it auto hides until you hover on it. This is a big departure from obscuring native color picking tool of Photoshop. If you hate being interrupted while you are working, you will surely love this plugin.

Which web design plugins do you use? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

Junaid Ashraf | Digital Marketer
Junaid Ashraf is an experienced digital marketer and a search engine marketing specialist who is currently associated with Branex, as senior digital marketer and brand strategist. Follow him on Twitter @mianoor

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