July 2009

Ultimate collection of useful Photoshop plug-ins.

One should know how to use Photoshop to its full potential to get the most stunning results. This is where Photoshop plug-ins come in handy. SmashingMagazine presents the ultimate collection of useful Adobe Photoshop plug-ins that will make your work easier, faster and better and reduce the number of steps needed to accomplish tasks. They will also allow you to do things you just cannot do with the features built into Photoshop. Some of the plug-ins are collections of filters, whereas others are programs or utilities that you may find useful.

E-Commerce web design toolbox.

In this post, Designm.ag provides links to more than 45 resources to help you in your work of designing and developing e-commerce websites. The resources found in this post include shopping cart options, tutorials, template resources, inspiration and more.

Choosing the right color palette .

Color plays a very important role in communicating a design, and how that design is perceived by the user. That’s why you need to pick the right color palette for your design work. As a designer, there are many different things that you should take into account when choosing colors for your design, and TheDesignMag presents 27 color tools and resources to assist you.

Developer Color Picker.

A custom color picker designed specifically for developers. Makes getting colors out of Photoshop/Acorn mock-ups quick and easy. Currently supports NSColor, UIColor, CGColorRef, CSS and HTML styles. Download it from Panic.

Massive compilation of designer tools.

Web designers have a wealth of tools available to them, for doing everything from organizing their thoughts about a particular design to debugging the final design. But with so many tools out there, how do you ever determine which ones are really useful and which ones are just going to waste your time? WebDesignDepot have compiled a massive list of some of the best and most useful tools out there for web designers. These are tools that will save you time, make you a more effective designer, simplify or speed up your design process, or otherwise make your life easier.

Online image converter.

The online image converter at Go2Convert is free. It supports over 100 major image formats. You can convert files up to 5Mb in size. Converted files will be stored on their servers for 5-10 days. You will receive links to converted images on the download page. Pretty damned useful.

Huge CSS resource roundup.

In this article, you will get access to one of the largest collections ever of CSS Tools, Tutorials, Cheat Sheets etc. You may have seen some of these before, but here they are all put together at TripwireMagazine.

Free Menu Bar Apps for better productivity.

Everyone loves feeling productive, and OS X is an excellent platform for working efficiently and getting things done. MacAppStorm showcase 10 simple utilities that can help you work smarter. You’ll be able to launch applications quicker, worry less about the time, track the unproductive parts of your day, and even manage a small to-do list – all for free!

Color Scheme Designer.

ColorSchemeDesigner appears to be a highly technical color palette generator. Apart from the very useful ‘help’ function, there is sparse documentation, but the interface is highly intuitive. Lots and lots of fun.

Increase your productivity with these useful tools.

There’s a nice little list of online web designer’s tools at SmashingApps. They’re sure to improve your workflow and productivity.