The world is becoming increasingly more design-conscious, which is a good thing for professionals. Among the host of tools available for professional web designers are web extensions. These tools often perform a simple (but incredibly helpful) task for any web designer looking to speed up their workflow. Most of these extensions are available in Chrome (which has the most robust online extension marketplace) but there are some exceptions. Read on for five free design extensions that will help out any web designer.
This handy extension allows the user to easily highlight and match the font on any web page. This tool is especially handy for anyone working with a specific list of brand guidelines. When the cursor hovers over any piece of text, the extension automatically tells the user which font they are looking at. The app also supports Typekit and Google API.
Pinterest is a great place to find and gather inspiration in one spot. It’s even more useful if you are able to gather inspiration from across the web instead of just within Pinterest. Adding the Chrome extension allows you to grab elements from a webpage (or the whole thing) and add it to any of your boards. This is especially helpful for those who like to work with moodboards.
- Eye Dropper
Another Chrome extension, Eye Dropper works exactly like its similarly-named cousin found in programs like Photoshop and Illustrator – simply select the tool from the toolbar and point at an area of your screen that you want to color-match. This is a great tool for anyone that is tired of taking screenshots and dragging them into Photoshop.
- Theme and Plugins Detector for WordPress
For anyone that does most of their work in WordPress, this useful plugin allows you to view what theme and plugins are being used for any WordPress site. If you have ever seen a WordPress site and wondered how they achieved the look or functionality of their site, this plugin can help de-mystify that. It also includes all the links and prices to plugins used.
- EverHour Time Tracker
This plugin allows you to keep track of how much time you are spending on a particular project. While it’s handy for web designers who need to stay on task, it’s particularly useful for those who charge per hour and need to bill their clients accurately.