In 2018, Adobe Photoshop is still one of the top software choices for web designers. It’s an incredibly powerful and versatile tool in itself, however Photoshop plugins can further enhance its default functionalities. Using them, you can automize different tasks, speed up your workflow, convert your PSD design into HTML and CSS files, manage colors, or add custom fonts and imagery to your design.
In this article, we will have a look at ten great Photoshop plugins created for web designers that are worth checking out in 2018—six free and four premium ones.
The CSS3Ps plugin allows you to easily convert your Photoshop layers to CSS3. You only need to select the layers you want to convert to CSS3 and click the CSS3Ps button to perform the conversion. The plugin exports different Photoshop effects as CSS3 properties. For instance, PSD strokes are converted to
borderproperties and inner shadows to
As CSS3Ps is a cloud-based plugin, you don’t have to worry about updates and bugs. Calculations are made in the cloud and you can check easily out the result in your browser.
CSS3Ps is one of the best free Photoshop plugins for web designers currently out there. It comes with a ton of great features such as vendor prefixes for popular browsers, multiple layers selection, Sass and SCSS conversion, support for text layers, and many others.
2. Font Awesome PS
Font Awesome is probably the most popular icon font set many web designers regularly use. It wasn’t easy to use Font Awesome in Photoshop for a long time, but this has changed with the introduction of this handy little plugin. It gives you instant access to all the free Font Awesome icons to add them to your designs.
The plugin is quite easy to use. First, you need to search for the icon you want to use in the Font Awesome PS panel. Then, you need to add the chosen icon to your design as a new Photoshop layer. It’s also possible to modify the design of any icon, as the plugin allows you to edit the default shape.
If you frequently work with color swatches then the Prisma Photoshop plugin is just for you. Prisma provides you with global color swatches you can use quite versatilely. It can be especially useful for web designers who tend to use the same colors throughout many pages.
With Prisma, you can synchronize colors across several PSD files, connect layers, and recolor them in bulk. You can pick colors from three different places: the regular Photoshop swatches, the color picker dialog, and the color panel. You can link the global color swatches to as many layers as you want.
Prisma also makes it possible to share your swatches with your team. You get four shareable URLs in which your project colors are transformed into Sass, SCSS, Less, and Stylus variables and displayed in the browser.
Have you ever thought about creating specifications for your Photoshop layers? Actually, it can tremendously ease collaboration between designers and developers. The free Ink Photoshop plugin lets you do just that. Using it, you can avoid misunderstandings between design and development teams. Basically, you document your Photoshop layers by adding extra pieces of information to your mockup.
The Ink panel offers you several different options. For instance, you can print layer measures and colors, generate an XML file, and document typography, gradients, stroke effects, and other style elements. You only need to choose the layer you want to document and you can start to add the information you want to convey to the developers. The documentation you have created is stored in the
_ink folder where you can easily access it.
Fontea allows you to use all existing Google Fonts right inside Photoshop. This currently means a little more than 800 different free and open-source font families. If you regularly use Google Fonts in your designs—and why wouldn’t you do so—this plugin can save you a lot of time. Basically, you don’t have to leave Photoshop to try out which font family matches your design the best.