5 Time-Saving Photoshop Extensions for UX & UI Designers

Photoshop extensions are an excellent way to speed up your design process. Here are five of the most useful extensions hand-picked for UX, UI, Visual and Product Designers.

1. Craft

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Craft is a new suite of three extensions created by InVision’s LABS which allows you to design with real data in mind. With Type, you can automatically populate your design with content from a preset database of names, email addresses, countries, cities, ZIP codes and much more. You can even add your own custom actions. Photos allows you to add images to your design from your computer, Dropbox or Unsplash with just a click. With Duplicate, you can easily copy and paste any design element with pixel-perfect precision vertically or horizontally. This set of tools is especially useful for Product Designers.

Price: Free
Get it: http://labs.invisionapp.com/craft

2. GuideGuide

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According to creator Cameron McEfee, GuideGuide is Photoshop’s most installed extension. Not surprising—GuideGuide is an incredibly useful extension that should be in every UX or UI Designer’s arsenal. This grid tool enables you to add multiple guides to your document, artboard or a selection. You can also create custom grids, save them and share them with coworkers and friends. My favorite use for this extension is creating baseline grids, which is an essential method for establishing vertical rhythm in a UI design.

Price: $10
Get it: http://guideguide.me

3. UberColumns

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Coming from a background in publishing, I often utilize columns in my designs to break up body text so it’s easier to read. Turning your paragraphs of text into columns is simple with the UberColumns extension from Uber Plugins. Just select how many columns you want and how wide you want your gutter(s) to be, then click the Ok button. Boom—instant columns.

Price: Pay what you want
Get it: http://uberplugins.cc/ubercolumns-plugin-for-photoshop/

4. Layrs Control

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Layrs Control is a free extension that allows you to control your layers in a number of different ways: rename layers, flatten layer effects, delete empty layers, rasterize Smart Objects and convert layers to Smart Objects. My favorite use for this extension is removing those pesky unused layer effects that always seem to stick around.

Price: Free
Get it: http://www.madebyvadim.com/layrs/

5. UberLine

There are times when you need to create a text link with a custom underline and Photoshop’s default underline just won’t do. Enter UberLine, an extension that creates dotted, dashed and other custom underlines for your text in just a click. It’s also easy to set a custom line width and transparency.

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Price: Pay what you want
Get it: http://uberplugins.cc/uberline-plugin-for-photoshop/

Extensions Increase Productivity

Using Photoshop extensions not only saves you time, but can also help you perform tedious or difficult tasks in a more efficient way. Add these hand-picked extensions to avoid some headaches and increase your productivity. Do you use any extensions that aren’t mentioned here? Let us know!

Nathan Winter

Nathan Winter is a UX Designer at Fruition. He has more than a decade of experience in both tactile and digital user experiences, including work on magazines, websites and mobile apps. Nathan has a deep understanding of user flower and best practices to promote easy interaction and enhanced user engagement. Nathan pays close attention to UX best practices, trends and tools so he can continually improve his craft.

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