10 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

As Google Chrome browser grows in popularity and now it is used by a wider audience, many new extensions are being added to the Chrome Web Store regularly. In this post, I will make a list of 10 highly useful extensions that I think all web designers must have, that will help with their online and web design tasks.

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While carrying out your web design and development related activities, you are most probably using a number of design tools to simplify some certain tasks and improve your productivity. There are countless desktop and online tools that you can use while working on your website design projects but you can complement that tools with a nice list of useful browser extensions that will save you a lot of time. After all, websites are designed to be displayed and tested in web browsers, making browser extensions highly valuable tools to have in your toolset.

Chrome, one of the major web browsers that is widely used by general Internet users and web designers, is also known for its vast amount of extensions that are freely available. You can find lots of extensions in various categories such as accessibility, productivity, news, shopping and more. Chrome also offers a large number of extensions for web design & development professionals.

I scanned the Chrome Web Store and made a list of 10 highly useful extensions that I believe will simplify some of your repetitive tasks and increase your productivity while building and designing websites. Let's see what these extensions are below.

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10 Great Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

I compiled this list based on the functionality, total users and average rating of the extensions. There are surely many more nice extensions that a web designer may find to be useful but these are among the most popular ones and they each do a specific task.

1. ColorZilla

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If you are working with colors frequently in your design work, ColorZilla may become an indispensable tool for you. It provides an advanced eyedropper, a color picker, color analyzer, palette browser, gradient generator and other useful things that come to mind related to colors. ColorZilla allows you to quickly grab color values from any point on a web page, convert it between RGB and Hex values easily and keep a history of your picked colors.

Follow this link to learn more about ColorZilla and install it.

2. WhatFont

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If you are living with fonts, WhatFont is the extension you wouldn't want to miss. WhatFont helps you identify the fonts on web pages and gives detailed information about the text such as font family, font size, color, line height and the source of the font. Once installed, you can simply hover over any text element on a page to get its font details.

Follow this link to learn more about WhatFont and install it.

3. Page Ruler

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Page Ruler is a great extension for measuring the size (width & height) of elements on a web page. By drawing horizontal and vertical rulers, Page Ruler allows you to get pixel dimensions of HTML elements and help with their positioning. You can easily draw a ruler on any page and get information about an element's width and height, as well as its top, right, bottom and left position.

Follow this link to learn more about Page Ruler and install it.

4. Window Resizer

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If you are creating responsive designs or building web pages for tablets or mobile screens, Window Resizer will be much helpful for testing your designs on various screen sizes. With Window Resizer, you can resize the browser window to simulate various resolutions from 320 x 480 to 1680 x 1050. You can also create your own custom screen resolutions to test your layouts.

Follow this link to learn more about Window Resizer and install it.

5. CSSViewer

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CSSViewer is a simple and easy to use extension that provides detailed CSS style information about the selected elements on a web page. Compared to the built-in developer tools, CSSViewer is much more practical when it comes to inspecting the CSS properties of HTML elements on web pages. After installation, simply hover over any element and its CSS properties will be displayed in a nicely formatted popup window.

Follow this link to learn more about CSSViewer and install it.

6. Check My Links

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Not directly related to the design of a website, but very important in checking the inbound link integrity, Check My Links allows the user to check all the links on a web page and spot the broken links. When you activate it, the functional links on the page will be highlighted in green and the nonfunctional links will be highlighted in red with a 404 code next to them.

Follow this link to learn more about Check My Links and install it.

7. PerfectPixel

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If pixel perfect design is a requirement in your project, or if it is your natural way of designing your web art, PerfectPixel extension will help you accomplish your design goals. PerfectPixel uses of a transparent overlay image to make a comparison between the actual design behind it.

Follow this link to learn more about PerfectPixel and install it.

8. Sumo Paint

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Sumo Paint is an extension that is designed as a fully functional, feature-rich image/photo editor and painter. It offers most of the common drawing, editing and filtering options that you will find in major desktop graphic applications such as Photoshop and GIMP. With its layer-based interface, many filters and effects, Sumo Paint will meet most of your image editing needs.

Follow this link to learn more about Sumo Paint and install it.

9. Stylish

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Another highly useful extension for web designers is Stylish, which allows you to create custom style sheets for websites. It supports multiple custom style sheets and it has the option to specify the style sheet to a specific domain or a group of domains. This extension will be handy not only while browsing other websites but also while testing your own website layouts.

Follow this link to learn more about Stylish and install it.

10. Awesome Screenshot

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Awesome Screenshot is one of the extensions that I frequently use for capturing screenshots of parts of web pages or the entire pages for future reference as well as inspirational purposes. It has an easy to use interface and it saves images in PNG quality very well. If taking screenshots of websites is something you regularly do during your design activities, Awesome Screenshot is the extension you should give a try if you haven't already.

Follow this link to learn more about Awesome Screenshot and install it.

These are some of the most popular Chrome extensions for web designers. If you know any other great extension that you use regularly, please let me know and I will include it in a future list. I hope that you found some useful extensions in this list. Please share this post if you think it was helpful.

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