Thursday, 28 January 2016Written by Alan Foster

Freelance web designers need to work effectively and they want value for money in everything they do. We have put together a list of 10 must have tools for web designers which you may find useful to help get more out of your day. We hope you find this article useful and if we have missed any anything let us know and we will be happy to add it to the blog post.

Affinity

affinity photo shop alternative

If you like the idea of Photoshop but can’t afford the price, this is the app for you. Affinity has a similar layout and feel to Photoshop but it offers plenty of features, tools and non-destructive layers that can be easily adjusted. At the price, it’s a bargain and a great addition.

https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/

Cloud Comp

cloud comp for designers

If you are continually being asked by clients to share website and app mockups, you know how time-consuming a task it can be. Using the Cloud Comp app is a really easy way to share this work with your clients, pleasing them and allowing you to focus on more important matters.

http://cloudcmp.co/

 

Sidebar.io

side bar get latest design news trends
Sidebar is another great way to stay in touch with the latest trends or exciting ideas in the world of website design and design in general. If you’re pushed for time, check out five of the best design links on a daily basis, and be inspired, challenged or determined to do something better.

http://sidebar.io/

Niice

niice design inspiration
If you are struggling to get started with design work, you may need inspiration. Niice pulls together ideas and results from Designinspiration, Dribble and Behance, providing you with a springboard to find inspiration.

https://niice.co/

Intuitive Color Picker

color picker for designers
As a web designer, colour is hugely important and this tools helps you to pick colours in an easy and effective manner. Your screen will fill with one colour and as you move your mouse, you can adjust the hue and saturation. When you need to find the perfect colour quickly, this app delivers.

http://color.hailpixel.com/


Pixel Dropr

pixeldropr
If you are using Photoshop, you want to make the most of it and Pixel Droper, a plugin from UI Parade, allows you to create collections of all manner elements which can be simple drag and then dropped into a standard PSD file, hopefully increasing your productivity.

http://pixeldropr.com/

Designer News

designer news
Freelancers often don’t have the time to stay in touch with the latest trends, tools and ways of making your life easier so following Designer News will ensure that freelance design professionals stay on top of what they need to know.

https://www.designernews.co/

What’s My Browser Size

whats my browser size
The importance of creating responsive sites means that you should always know what your browser size is and this simple web app provides you with an easy way to know and adjust the size of your browser window. It may not be important for every designer but for those that it will help, it will quickly become invaluable.

http://whatsmybrowsersize.com/

PlaceIt

place it
Looking to place product screenshots on to a website and need help? PlaceIt is a drag and drop tool that will help you to generate realistic product screenshots in the blink of an eye, ensuring the site reaches out to the audience.

https://placeit.net/

PLTTS

pltts
This strangely titled app is pronounced Pallets and this may give you a clue as to what it can help with. Any designer looking to uncover the ideal colour palette for their web design project will find this app provides swift guidance.