25+ Best Photoshop Plugins and Extensions for Designers

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful platform for designers, but it can sometimes seem to be missing features that could help improve productivity and workflow and make life a little bit easier.

We’re lucky that Photoshop lets us add an extension or a plugin to make it do more. And luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best and most useful free Photoshop plugins.

Best Photoshop Plugins and Extensions for Designers

These plugins help you save time, cut down on steps, automate boring tasks, and do other things. They help you work faster and more efficiently, and you can’t be a designer without them.

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Hexy

Hexy
Source: Hexy

Hexy makes it easier to find the Hex and RGB color codes. With this plugin, you can use the eyedropper tool and click on the color you want to copy from the image. Hexy will automatically copy the color to the clipboard for you. So, you can immediately copy and paste it into CSS. It’s a useful tool for picking colors.

  • Price: Free
  • works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 or later
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Size Marks

Size Marks
Source: Size Marks

Using the Marquee tool, you can add labels to objects that show how big they are or how far apart they are. SizeMark saves each label you make in a separate layer, so you can change its color or move it around however you want. It is a must-have when you need to turn a PSD file into a working website.

  • Price: Free
  • works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 or later
3

Oven

Oven
Source: Oven

Oven is a cool plugin that makes managing your assets easier. Photoshop’s Generator lets us export images in Realtime, but you’ll have to rename all your layers to make the image correctly and with a proper name. Oven takes care of that problem.

  • Price: Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2020, CC, or CS6.
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Ink

Ink
Source: Ink

It’s always hard to turn a PSD file into a working website. There are so many details to look at, like the styles of the layers, the font size, the font family used, the size of an element and where it is in relation to other elements. You can make this information easily with ink.

  • Price: Free
  • works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018, CC, or CS6
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LayerCraft

LayerCraft
Source: LayerCraft

LayerCraft is a plugin for Photoshop that lets you export layers in different sizes. You can export images as @1x, @2x, or even @3x, which is needed for iOS devices with Retina screens, or as mdpi and xhdpi for Android. If your job is to make user interfaces for mobile apps, this is the tool that will save you a lot of time.

  • Price: Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop CC and CC 2014
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Composer

Composer
Source: Composer

The Layer Comps feature in Photoshop gets better with Composer. Layer Comps lets you store and manage all of your design revisions in a single file, so you don’t have to keep track of multiple files. Layer Comps are like Smart Objects in how they work. Each can have a couple of properties, such as layer styles and blending modes. In this case, Composer makes it easy to change these styles with just one click.

  • Price: Free
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, and CC are all supported.
7

Duplllicator

Duplllicator
Source: Duplllicator

Dupllllicator makes it easy to copy Photoshop layers or groups quickly. You can choose how many copies you want and then set the distance between the copies in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

  • Price: Free
  • works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018, CC 2022
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Random User Generator

Random User Generator
Source: Random User Generator

We waste time when making a mockup design by looking for random photos of people to put in it. Making a plausible username is another way to waste time. If these problems bother you, you can now skip the trouble with the Random User Generator Photoshop Plugin, which does this quickly and easily for you.

You can drag and drop random pictures of male or female users and generate sample names right into your PSDs. Then, just click and drag the profile picture into your Photoshop document or copy and paste the image and name you want. Press the “New Random User” button to go with the flow and make a new random user.

  • Price: Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC 2015
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Guideguide

Guideguide
Source: Guideguide

With the GuideGuide Photoshop plugin, it’s easy to get columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines that are accurate down to the pixel based on your document or selection. It lets you save frequently used guide sets that you might need again in the future. You can also use more than one way to measure something.

With the plugin, you can figure out exactly how wide a navigation element needs to be to fit evenly across the width of a site, as well as create baseline grids and element padding. You can try it out for free or buy it for only $10 if you have Photoshop CC or a newer version.

  • Price: $36 per year or a 14-day free trial
  • Photoshop CC 2015 is compatible with it.
10

Transform Each

Transform Each
Source: Transform Each

The “Transform Each” command in Illustrator is a nice feature that Photoshop doesn’t have. It lets you change groups of layers instead of just one at a time. It’s nice to be able to resize, rotate, and move multiple elements without having to move each one individually.

It also lets you change the size of styles and the size of their parts. Always use the Preview button to see what the end result will look like before you click the OK button.

  • Price: Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC 2014, or CC 2015.
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Long Shadow Generator 2

Long Shadow Generator 2
Source: Long Shadow Generator 2

The “Long Shadow Effect” looks like it would be easy for even a Photoshop beginner to make. But if your client doesn’t like the end result, it will be a nightmare to fix. Try this Photoshop extension called Long Shadow Generator 2 to stop this from happening.

As its name suggests, this plugin can make a long shadow with just one click. From its settings panel, you can change the shadow’s length, opacity, whether it’s flat or has a gradient, whether it’s black or white, and how it angles.

  • Price: Free
  • It works with: Adobe Photoshop CC
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Pixel2Vector

Pixel2Vector
Source: Pixel2Vector

Pixel2Vector is an impressive tool that can turn any pixel graphic into a fully scalable vector shape with just one click. With the Vector Shape function, any layer or layer group you choose will be turned into a vector shape. When it’s done, the vector can be changed like any other vector shape. It can be resized without losing quality or given a new colour easily.

The Custom Shape Tool is another function. It turns any selected layer or layer group into a Custom Shape Tool. Select the Custom Shape Tool at the bottom of the shape palette to find the shape.

  • Price: Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 or newer
13

Font Awesome

Font Awesome
Source: Font Awesome

The Font Awesome plugin is another powerful way to find and insert icons right inside Photoshop. This free plugin adds a new panel that lets us search for any icon by typing in a keyword.

Look for an icon and click on it to make a new layer shape that is easy to change. It saves a lot of time and is highly recommended if you work with icons every day.

  • Price: Free
  • It works with Adobe Photoshop CC
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Chameleon Adaptive Palette

Chameleon Adaptive Palette
Source: Chameleon Adaptive Palette

Chameleon Adaptive Palette is a smart palette that is great for digital artists and concept designers. It is a Swatch system that adapts to your needs to keep you in the flow. You can pick a color from anywhere, and the palette will give you color swatches based on what you chose.

Chameleon Palette has a lot of other features, like a flexible user interface that changes based on your needs, a DTones panel where you can set the tone of your colors, color lock for ideal swatches, a nearest color indicator, and slider mode for swatches.

  • Price: $16
  • It works with Adobe Photoshop CC
15

BrushBox

BrushBox
Sourece: BrushBox

Brush Box is an easy-to-use brush manager for all your Photoshop brushes and tool presets. It lets you color code your brushes, put them in groups, mark your favorites, and import brushes. Also, you can use any brush by dragging and dropping it on the layer.

  • Price: $15
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 and later versions
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AD Brutus Symmetry

AD Brutus Symmetry
Source: AD Brutus Symmetry

AD Brutus Symmetry is for you if you have trouble making designs that are symmetrical. It is a panel in Photoshop Creative Cloud that lets you work with symmetry in real time. It works with your design’s sections as well as the basic vertical and horizontal guides in Photoshop.

Brutus also uses the mirror layer, which lets you create symmetry and save either just the active layer as a PNG or both layers as a merged file. This panel is especially useful for making character designs that you can flip, rotate, and merge with just one click.

  • Price: $10
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC to CC 2017
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RH Color Nudger

RH Color Nudger
Source: RH Color Nudger

RH Color Nudger is a tool for Adobe Photoshop that lets you choose colors. It has a clean, modern interface with sliders and color widgets in a prominent place. It doesn’t take up much space and slides out of your work panel when you’re done with it. You can also set it up so that it stays on your screen unless it’s automatically minimized.

  • Price: $16
  • It works with: Adobe Photoshop CC
18

Fontself

Fontself
Source: Fontself

You don’t need calligraphy pens to make new fonts because Fontself makes it easy. It is a font maker tool for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator that lets you turn any letter into an OpenType font. You can make any shape into a character, make alternates, change the spacing and kerning, and edit everything with a drag-and-drop editor.

Once you’ve made a font, you can export it to OpenType fonts or OpenType SVG, depending on what you want to do with it. On their website, you can also find thousands of amazing fonts made by different users.

  • Price: $59
  • Compatible for: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or later
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ParticleShop

ParticleShop
Source: ParticleShop

ParticleShop is a brush plugin for Photoshop that lets you change pictures into amazing works of art. It comes with a bunch of great brushes that are easy to use on a desktop, as well as tablets that respond to pressure.

You can control every part of your artwork through a simple interface. It has a variety of interesting brushes, like Particle brushes, Dynamic Speckles, and Natural Media brushes, which give you strong strokes and creative effects.

  • Price: $49.99
  • Compatible with: Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, or CC 2014
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ON1 Resize

25+ Best Photoshop Plugins and Extensions for Designers
Source: ON1 Resize

ON1 Resize is an AI-powered photo enlargement tool for Photoshop that lets you make your photos bigger without losing quality. Photographers and designers can use this tool to get sharp images with any level of detail. You can process your images in batches and get images of any size that are good enough to print.

  • Price: $36 per year or a 14-day free trial
  • This works with: Adobe Photoshop CC 2021
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FilterForge

FilterForge
Source: FilterForge

FilterForge lets you add lots of effects, textures, and patterns to your photos. It is a graphics program that can be used for many different things. It works with Photoshop and has a large library of filters and other graphic elements.

  • Price: $29
  • This works with: Adobe Photoshop CC 2022
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Eye Candy

Eye Candy
Source: Eye Candy

Eye Candy 7 is a huge collection of realistic effects for Photoshop that helps you make design effects that Photoshop alone can’t do. With an easy-to-use interface that shows previews of the effects through small icons, you can simply drag and drop an effect onto a new layer in your project.

With Eye Candy, you can get a variety of realistic effects that look natural, effects that can be changed to fit your needs, a smart filter that lets you remove the effect later, and the ability to work in CMYK mode, which is great for printing.

  • Price: $100 or a free 30-day trial.
  • Compatible for: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or later
23

Pexels

Pexels
Source: Pexels

Pexels is a free site with thousands of creative and high-quality stock photos that is already very popular. Now you can add the Pexels extension to your Photoshop app, which gives you access to more than 3 million photos right from your PS project screen.

  • Price: Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop 5 and later
24

Layrs Control 2

Layrs Control 2
Source: Layrs Control 2

Photoshop is all about layers and how to handle them. Layers Control 2 is a versatile Photoshop extension that gives you more control over your layers. You can change the names of layers, get rid of effects that aren’t being used, remove unwanted or empty layers, and rasterize smart objects.

  • Free
  • Works with Adobe Photoshop CC and CC 2014
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Blow Up

Blow Up
Source: Blow Up

Blow Up is an image-improvement tool that works well with Photoshop. It makes your images clearer and bigger without changing how good they are. Even though the interface is simple, you can set a paper size and change some settings to quickly get larger images. It also works with Lightroom and CMYK images and has a feature that sharpens the output.

  • Price: free trial for 30 days or $200
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CC 2015 and newer
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Browser Mockup Builder

Browser Mockup Builder
Source: Browser Mockup Builder

A browser mockup builder plugin for Photoshop, BrowserBee is perfect for web designers and developers. You can get a preview of 15 different browsers with one click. You can also change the favicon, web address, page name, and background color to make your designs look better.

  • Free
  • works with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 or later

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