Creativity hates a deadline. Graphic designers know that as well as anyone. When that advert needs to be finalised in the next 10 minutes, and your project manager is still suggesting ‘improvements’, it can seem a pretty thankless job.
The sad truth is, moments of artistic ingenuity are few and far between when time-constraints are felt. It can just be a case of achieving the basics, and not a whole lot else. No strokes of genius, no flashes of inspiration. Your portfolio becomes dull and formulaic.
This is why graphic designers should all look towards automation as a way of minimising the time and effort needed to get the basics right. The following Photoshop plugins are a great way of overcoming the tedium of intricate manual adjustments, leaving you enough resource to impart your passion and flair to the overall creative process.
This free plugin is a godsend for web designers. Sitting within your Photoshop software, CSS3PS allows you to convert layers to CSS3 code. Not only does this save a lot of time and hassle, it is a great way to ensure your web pages are looking slick and modern.
In addition, as this is a cloud-based plugin, you won’t have to worry about installing any updates and bugs, meaning more time can go into the design and creation process.
Say goodbye to your old colour wheel. This comprehensive Photoshop plugin enables users to select and adapt colour palettes with ease. Working in an array of colour spaces, including RGB, HSV, and LAB, this tool will allow you to create custom-made palettes with minimum effort.
hieving a beautiful consistency with the Gamut Mask to creating custom wheels using the colour mixer, this app is perfect for those looking to take their colour selection one step further.
This plugin is the ultimate font creation tool for Photoshop. Using Fontself, you can turn any vector into a letter. From creating unique branded fonts to producing your own script, this easy-to-use bit of kit gives you complete creative freedom.
One of the main advantages of this tool is its intuitive, easy to use interface, which can turn anyone into a typographical genius. Don’t believe us? Check out the impressive list of companies who use the plugin (Apple, Google, and Microsoft to name just a few!)
One of the more tedious aspects of locating and using stock images is having to trawl some obscure website using a wide variety of complex, but ultimately useless, filters. And then you need to download the image, store it on your desktop, transfer it to Photoshop, then… (are you asleep yet?)
With Pexels, you’re only ever a few clicks away from finding the perfect stock image for your needs. And you can import it straight into your project. That saves a lot of time, and a lot of headaches.
If you have any more suggestions for some great time-saving Photoshop plugins, please let us know in the comment section!
By Richard Oxley