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Free and Useful Web Tools for Web Design Class

Smashing Apps has a great list of 21 Free and Useful Web Tools for Web Designers

This list is just in the event their list disappears during the academic year next year.  Please read the full list, the comments, and look around a great website by following the first link.


Pixlr is a free online image editor, jump in and start edit, adjust, filter.


Stripemania is a simple and free web 2.0 tool to create seamless diagonal stripes for your designs. You are able to choose the size of the stripes and the spacing between those. You can even add color gradient effect for all of your stripes.


FreshGenerator is a webdesign tool which can create interesting graphic elements used in many web 2.0 sites.

ColorSchemer ColorPix

ColorPix is a useful little color picker that grabs the pixel under your mouse and transforms it into a number of different color formats. You can use the built-in magnifier to zoom in on your screen, click on a color value to copy it directly to the clipboard, and even keep ColorPix on top of all other apps and out of the way.

This is your online photo sharing, editing and hosting resource. You can upload, organize, edit, store (up to 2GB free) and share your photos.

Are My Sites Up?

Are My Sites Up is a very simple service to help you keep an eye on your sites and warn you if they go down.


Add your own colors to contemporary and retro pattern designs, or browse from thousands of pre-colored patterns in the seamless pattern background library. All artworks on this site can be used freely on personal blogs, mobile phone wallpapers, MySpace profiles and non-commercial web projects.


Adobe Kuler is the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.


Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server.


This online tool generates HTML/CSS code and images to decorate your Web site with rounded corners and gradient.


Picreflect helps you to give the reflection on any image, to resize your image, to make them tranparent or rotate them to any angle.


For using WhatTheFont font recognition system, Just upload a scanned image of the font and instantly find the closest matches in their database.

Resize Image

This free service will help you to re-size your images with basic and advanced options.


Wordoff is simple and useful web tool that lets you remove unnecessary tags and styles from HTML code.

SUMO Paint

SUMO Paint is an online image editor. This is an easy to use professional tool for creating and editing images within browser.

CSS Layout Generator

This generator will create a fluid or fixed width floated column layout, with up to 3 columns and with header and footer. Values can be specified in either pixels, ems or percentages.


With Wix you can create a free website or make free MySpace layouts and Flash MySpace layouts. It’s the simpler, faster, better way to build & design on the web.


net2ftp is a web based FTP client. It is mainly aimed at managing websites using a browser. Edit code, upload/download files, copy/move/delete directories recursively, rename files and directories — without installing any software.

Color Wizard

The color wizard lets you submit your own base color, and it automatically returns matching colors for the one you selected.


Splashup is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With all the features professionals use and novices want, it’s easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once.


This is a web based tiled backgrounds designer, you can create any pattern your site needs just in few minutes. Adjustable size, pictures, colors, texture and transparency is available