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15 Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

Website design process takes a lot of time and consists of a number of steps: starting from the search of inspiration and information gathering to prototyping, testing and even content filling. As a result, having the right tools simplifying some of these steps can make your work more efficient and enjoyable.

Google Chrome has a robust extension platform featuring lots of useful tools, which web designers can benefit from. For this reason, I decided to gather and review the best Chrome extensions that can provide shortcuts on various routine, but sometimes really time-consuming steps in website design.

Below is a compilation of top 15 Chrome extensions I’ve discovered.

Tab Packager

This extension lets you to transform all your currently opened tabs into a link, which can be instantly bookmarked or easily shared with others.

Responsive Web Design Tester

Responsive Web Design Tester provides probably the easiest and fastest way to test your website’s responsiveness on various mobiles and tablets.

TrackDuck

TrackDuck is a visual feedback tool for web developer and designers. With its Chrome extension, your clients or co-workers can highlight bugs or places they aren’t happy with and provide feedback directly on a website. All bug reports are placed in a project’s dashboard with a screenshot and technical details attached.

ColorZilla

ColorZilla is one of the most popular and feature-rich Chrome extensions to pick colors directly from websites. The extension has some really advanced features, such as CSS gradient generator or webpage color analyzer, which instantly generates a color palette of the desired website.

Chroma

Once you’ve discovered your favorite color and took its RGB code with ColorZilla, you can open the Chroma app, paste it and generate a palette of all its shades without leaving the Chrome browser.

Lorem Ipsum Generator

Lorem Ipsum Generator is a simple tool allowing you to easily generate a customizable Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) to compliment your web design with. Dummy text can be customized by selecting the number of paragraphs in text and the number of sentences per paragraph.

iMacros

iMacros is a handy Chrome extension which lets you record your actions and save them so you only need to do them once. After that you can test your pages over and over again repeating the action with a click of a button, saving valuable time and letting you concentrate on more pressing matters.

TypeWonder

TypeWonder extension helps you to easily test thousands of fonts on any website you’re visiting through the Chrome browser. What you need to do is to go to the desired website, press the extension’s icon and select a font to update in a website.

Fold Viewer

With the Fold Viewer extension you can easily check it without leaving the Chrome browser. The extension shows you where is the fold line depending on the different screen resolutions. It also shows the average global usage of those resolutions.

PicMonkey

This is an easy-to-use free online photo editor that allows you to edit web page images and screenshots. But that’s not what makes it so good. PicMonkey lets you grab every image and a screenshot of the entire page with a click of a button. Once you select the image you can edit it however you wish to from applying effects to changing exposure.

PerfectPixel

PerfectPixel really is the perfect extension for web developers who are striving to develop sites that are accurate representations of designs. This easy to use extension allows you to put a semi-transparent image overlay over the top of your webpage and perform a per pixel comparison between them to ensure it is 100% accuracy.

Streak

Streak is the ultimate tool for managing CRM and support emails within Gmail. It allows you to turn a single email or an entire conversation into a trackable, assignable, organised ticket that you can manage yourself or share with others.

Ripple

Ripple Emulator is a multi-platform mobile environment emulator that can help you test your web app using a number of different devices and screen resolutions.

WhatFont

WhatFont allows developers and designers to identify the fonts being used on a web page. So, if you stumble upon a fancy-looking web font that you want to use in one of your future projects, just hover over it and find out instantly which font it is.

Project Naptha

Project Naptha could save you a world of mild irritation. Thanks to some smart OCR trickery it enables you to highlight, copy and paste text from any image; it can even translate it for you too.

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