5 free web design tools to make your life easier

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There are lots of clever resources and tools out there to make your web design projects easier and more slick. Here are some of our favourites. Bookmark these 5 nifty web design tools today.


This simple plug-in allows you to grab hex and RGB codes from webpages and copy them to your clipboard for easy paste-in colour editing. Take inspiration from sites you love and use the eyedropper to pick beautifully bespoke colour schemes.


This Aussie startup has been taking the DIY design world by storm. Canva will be your best friend when it comes to creating slick buttons, infographics, banners or icons. The click-and-drag interface makes it easy to customise any of their million+ images to fit the look and feel of your site.


Paint.net is a powerful photo editing tool that includes layers for ultimate creative control. It’s more user-friendly than Photoshop and offers similar functionality without the massive pricetag.


Bloated images can be a real drag on site speed. Yahoo’s file compression tool Smush.it does what it says on the tin without affecting the visual quality of your images. You can upload unlimited files up to 1MB in size – no tedious sign-up, no account registration. Works best with GIFs.


Image copyright is a minefield but this library of over 260,000 free, no-attribution-needed stock images takes the stress out of finding eye-catching visual content for your websites.

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