3 must-have Google Chrome extensions for designers

You’re a great designer. You can brainstorm and conceptualize like no other. Adobe Illustrator weeps at your excellence. Despite all that, you can be more efficient. You know it. We know it. The amount of hours you spend working every day knows it. We’re here to help.

Check out our 3 favorite Google Chrome extensions to help with efficiency and inspiration.

WhatFont –
We can’t be alone here. You’ve stumbled across a website with a stunning font. Being the design nerd that you are, you absolutely have to figure out which font is being used. Problem is that it’s never that simple.

Until now.

WhatFont is a design game changer. All you have to do is hover over the font you’re admiring and bam – the description follows. There have been two chapters to my life so far. The first being before I discovered WhatFont, and the second being after.

(while that may be a bit dramatic, WhatFont is truly helpful)

Shift Click Image Extractor –
Shift Click is an image extractor, a sharing tool, an image downloader, a gif downloader, and a whole lot more. Find an image that you like and simply Shift + Click on it. A page will open with a shareable URL alongside a color palette.

My personal favorite use of Shift Click is for Instagram. There are so many design inspirations on Instagram. It’s a color palette utopia. Shift Click the image and have some fun.

No, seriously. Shift Click the image below of the awesome Pie Hole. You won’t regret it.

If you’re looking for inspiration, Shift Click will certainly deliver.

Google Font Previewer –
Google Font Previewer lets you choose a font from the Google Font library and preview them on the current tab. Try it on this page, for example. You’ll be able to change it to any available Google Font, giving you a design mockup.

This is extremely useful when you’re designing a website and want to see what a particular font looks like. It’s also useful for graphic design in that it helps you understand how your design (font included) is going to sync with your clients’ website.

It even keeps track of your most used fonts, allowing for easy access.

There are a ton more extensions out there and we highly recommend spending some time searching for some that work for you. These 3 however seem to be our most used Google Chrome Extensions in the recent past.

Which ones are you using currently?

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