Great Useful Tools for Web Designers

Any professional web designer knows how crucial it is to keep pace with the most recent tools and utilities that are created to save your time thus enhancing your work flow. Latest web design gadgets made it possible to fulfill previously complicated and time consuming tasks in a much more flexible and productive way. Therefore, you can spend more time on really important design-related issues rather than on doing routine work which obviously leads to outstanding results.

Modern tools and utilities are so easy to operate that they can prove useful not only for professionals but also for ordinary users who want, for instance, to customize their blogs or who just love using gadgets in their daily work. Some tools are not that useful but they are absolutely enjoyable and fun to use.

The only drawback about tools for web designers is that there are heaps of them in the web, so it is almost impossible to stay aware of all products and options. We do not want you to risk losing your precious time while looking for newest time-savers, so in this post we have gathered some great tools for web designers that will definitely appeal to you.

For Colors

kuler Create


kuler is a web-based application by Adobe that helps you create and share color themes. You can peruse the user-submitted color themes or create your own color themes with the kuler Create web tool.

Wellstyled Color Scheme Generator

Wellstyled’s Color Scheme Generator is a simple web tool that helps designers produce color themes. It has an intuitive interface and the ability to bookmark generated color themes.

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Color Scheme Designer

Color Scheme Designer is an online application helps you create color schemes of different types and it may facilitate your looking for the optimal color palette by controlling the saturation and contrast level for the chosen color schemes.

Colours In Cultures Chart

This map shows how colours are perceived in different cultures and nations across the globe.

COLOURlovers

COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns.

For Fonts

FontStruct

FontStruct is a web-based tool created by font retailer FontShop for creating, editing, and sharing fonts. The FontStructor tool is a simple and innovative font editor for designers who want to create beautiful type. You’ll need to sign up for a free user account to access the tool.

Typetester

Typetester allows you to test, tweak, and compare screen typography. It has a variety of typefaces that include web-safe fonts like Arial and Verdana – but it can also use your personal fonts.

TypeNavigator

TypeNavigator is a very clever web tool that can help designers identify typefaces. It’s great for hunting down a font you saw that you’d like to use on your own designs.

Dummy Text Generator

The Dummy Text Generator is a versatile and useful web application for generating dummy text. Though branded as a “Lorem ipsum generator for web designers”, it will also come in handy for designers working on print layouts.

HTML-Ipsum

A handy Lorem Ipsum App. that provide Mac-friendly outputs with: Coda clips, Textmate bundles & Menu bar app.

GoldenRatioCalculator

The Golden Ratio Calculator is now even easier to use as a desktop widget for the Mac. The widget features all the capabilities of the online version, with instant calculations performed as you type. Like the website, you can match columns or split a container into two columns.

Other

Photoshop

Tools for Web Designers

Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 Extended software helps you create the ultimate images for print, the web, and video. Get all the state-of-the-art editing, compositing, and painting capabilities in industry-standard Photoshop CS5 plus tools that let you create and edit 3D images and motion-based content.

Pixelmator

Tools for Web Designers

Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.

Adobe Dreamweaver


Adobe® Dreamweaver® CS5 software empowers designers and developers to build standards-based websites with confidence. Design visually or directly in code, develop pages with content management systems, and accurately test browser compatibility thanks to integration with Adobe BrowserLab, a new Adobe CS Live online service.

Pixus

pixus is a pixel-based ruler for objects on your screen/monitor. It has skins for Internet Explorer 6 and Safari so that you can visualize how a design or object looks in a web browser. pixus allows you to save preset dimensions for later use.

skitch

Skitch Inc was formed as a company in 2010 by four partners spread across Australia and Norway. With help from contributors based in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Australia and the US, Skitch has become our beloved ‘Swiss Army knife’ of visual communication. We built Skitch and skitch.com to solve our own needs of sharing a visual idea, fast — and if you have the same need, then we’re sure you will fall in love with Skitch too!

pixlr

pixlr is a web-based image editor with a Photoshop-like user interface; pixlr has similar features like layers, filters, and even a Clone Stamp tool. For more image-editing web tools, check out this list of web-based image editors.

Favicon generator & editor

This tool provides an easy way to convert any GIF, PNG or JPEG to ICO which is supported by all modern web browsers. It also enables you to create favicons from scratch via a handy online editor. Additionally the editor lets you manually tweak generated favicons to ensure the best possible result.

SuperPreview

Microsoft is working to make your life easier. No, really. This tool makes optimizing for the various IE platforms a little less painful. The SuperPreview download for Internet Explorer allows you to check your site in multiple versions of Internet Explorer.

Browser Shots

You can view screenshots of your website as it displays in different browsers, with a great degree of customization. Browser shots lets you choose your screen size, color depth, JavaScript and Flash settings. This website features the kitchen sink of browser lists, including a few you may never have heard of before.

Litmus

Beyond screenshots, this tool lets you check your site in multiple browsers, track bugs, and create reports to dazzle friends and family. This tool also works on password-protected sites, a unique feature among a screenshot-dominated market.

Virtual Desktops


There are several programs available for you to do just that: VMWare, and of course Windows Virtual PC.

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4 Comments
  1. Manish Chauhan Dec 17, 7:42 am

    Thanks for this great post. I loved all the tools mentioned in the post. However, I would also suggest you to add some invoicing tools in the list as well as these tools also help a lot to web designers to bill their clients.

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  2. Solange Biasotti Dec 18, 7:46 pm

    My cousin just sent me a link to this post and I have to say that it’s been a while since I read anything through from beginning to end. I am a writer myself and there is a lot of crappy writing out there. cheers. It was a brilliant way to start my work day.

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  3. Gino Dec 19, 7:36 am

    I’m kinda surprised not to see Adobe Fireworks in the list. I feel that nowadays, Fireworks is standard when it comes to web design conversations.

    I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard about it.

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