15 of the Best Time Saving Photoshop Plugins

Photoshop has it’s limitations, which means we have to find interesting ways around certain problems. This can eat up a lot of time. Here’s some incredible plugins to help you get some of that time back.

Pixel2Vector

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Pixel2Vector is a very impressive tool that converts any pixel graphics to a fully scalable vector shape. It seems to work really well and I’ve never seen anything like this before. Looks like a real time saver for sure.

Video Demonstration

WebZap

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WebZap is a web developer panel extension for Adobe Photoshop that is designed to help streamline the design processes undertaken by website user interface designers during the mock up and wire framing phases of web site development.

Velositey

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Velositey by Kieran Black & Dan Ross is a completely free Photoshop Plugin to help you Prototype the design of your website in seconds in Photoshop. The idea is to spend more time perfecting the details and styling and less time on all that boring stuff.

Zeick Photoshop SVG Export

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Zeick – Photoshop CC plugin allows you export vector shape layers to SVG files. SVG’s are incredibly lightweight scalable vector graphics that have lots of uses, this plugin makes creating them incredibly easy.

Transform Each

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Transform Each allows you to make individual transformations with a group of layers. The plugin is completely free, and it’s great to re-sizing multiple elements without having to re-position them each time. A powerful plugin with a lot of features & controls over how it works.

Transform Each in Action

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Creative Market

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The Creative Market Adobe Extension gives you instant access a marketplace for design resources without ever leaving your Adobe app. Buy and open everything from Fonts & Icons to Photos or UI Kits and anything in-between directly in the Adobe app of your choice. (Free)

PNG Hat

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PNG Hat is the better way to slice and export PNG’s from Photoshop. As well as exporting slices PNG also employs a 3 stage compression process that makes your PNG’s around 70% smaller without losing quality, plus you can automatically export retina ready files at the same time too.

Super Spray

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Super Spray allows you to fill a shape with a collage of png files. You can use it in a variety of ways. It’s a tough one to explain, but if you look at the preview images you’ll see just how powerful this plugin can be.

Interface Tools

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Interface Tools Photoshop Plugin by Elliot Jackson does a lot of simple things very well. Turn snapping on and off, trim a document or “save for web” with one click. Some great time savers as well as having access to some of the more common tools all in one place.

Easytask

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Easytask is a plugin that brings your to-do list directly into any CC app. Create tasks, manage them (by simply dragging tasks around to change their order) and mark items as complete. No more window switching!

GuideGuide

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GuideGuide provides pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or selection with the click of a button. Available for CS6, CS6 & CC.

Glifo – PS Icon Web Font Maker

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Glifio. For the first time ever it’s now possible to create an icon web font right from Photoshop. Glifo lets you export all of the icon layers from any PSD out into a ready to use web font.

Random User Generator

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Random User Generator is a Photoshop Plugin that generates example users for use in your mockups. Easily copy and paste a user image as well as example names directly into your document.

Photoshop Pixel Snapping Toggle

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Photoshop Pixel Snapping Toggle by Norm gives you a very quick way to switch between having pixel snapping on or off. Another free plugin.

PHOTOGRAM. 70′s Style Filters

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Photogram runs right inside of Photoshop where you need it. You can think of it as a kind of Instagram for Photoshop.

DevRocket

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DevRocket 2 is an iOS development panel plug-in that provides Adobe Photoshop with additional iOS specific tools and functionalities that are designed to assist key areas in iOS app design for all iPhone models (including the iPhone 5) and all iPad models.

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Looking for more Plugins?

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While composing this post I stumbled upon an amazing collection of Photoshop plugins curated by Vadim Sherbakov. Finding this earlier would have saved me a lot of time, but I’m just glad I managed to find it. It looks like Vadim keeps this site updated so make sure to follow him for up-to-date plugin releases. You have to admire the time and effort he’s put in to collecting so great many great Photoshop plugins. I have used this for a photo contest that i won, youu can view details here. Also look out for LS.