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Best Figma plugins for every UX and UI designer

Plugins are very important for any designer using Figma. Making good use of plugins can greatly enhance your productivity and Figma’s ease-of-use. Here’s everything you need to know. Let’s dive in!
Essential Figma Plugins for Every Designer

In this post, we will share the Figma plugins we believe to be the top ones of 2021. These plugins are a must-have for any type of designer. Whether you’re a UX designer, UI designer, or any other type of designer, these plugins can be of great help.

It wasn’t too long ago when Figma announced the introduction of plugins to their tool. Before that, their lack of plugin support was a big topic in design tool discussions. Figma has been bridging the gap ever since.

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Best Figma plugins of 2021

Ever since the release of plugins for Figma, the numbers have seen a stellar increase. With such numbers, it can be difficult to pick the best Figma plugins every UI and UX designer must have. Take a look at the list below. We believe these to be absolute must haves.

Unsplash

This is one of the best Figma plugins you can get. This plugin is also available as a plugin for other design tools. Unsplash is a website where you can get free stock photos that you can use in your designs. Instead of going to the Unsplash website, you can use this plugin to get your photos without ever leaving Figma.

This will save you a lot of time. It will also add some sparks to your designs.

You can get Unsplash from the Figma plugin community here.

Rename It

Another one of our recommended Sketch plugins. Rename It is a fantastic time-saver for any Figma user. Let’s say you have to change a few layer names. The plugin allows you to bulk select all layers and change their names all at once.

That’s a lot better than having to select each and every layer individually before you can change them. As we said before, Rename It is an absolute time-saver.

Get the plugin right here.

Easometric

Easometric Figma Plugin

This Figma plugin is one of our favorites. It is, as the name suggests, an easy way to create isometric images. No more changing the perspective by hand or using different applications. You can create isometric images in Figma in just a few clicks.

Isometrics always comes in handy when designing a nice pitch, proposal, or deck.

Get Easometric from the Figma plugin community.

LilGrid

LilGrid Figma Plugin

This plugin allows you to sort a selection of elements in a grid of your choosing. This plugin is particularly useful in case you have big messy pages where you’ve experimented a lot. Just a few simple clicks is all it takes for you to clean up your elements.

Download LilGrid from the Figma community here.

Color Kit

This Figma plugin can help you create different variations and shades of the colors you use. This is very useful in any number of situations. You might be working on button design. You will need different shades to create button states.

That’s where this plugin comes in. There’s more, obviously, but this is a clear example to help you create a better picture of what Color Kit does.

Get the plugin here.

How to install Figma plugins

Installing your Figma plugins is very easy to do. As you know, Figma is web-based so you do not have to download anything. Here’s how to install your plugins.

  1. First of all, you will have to find the plugin that you want to install. You can either do this through an external link like the ones we’ve shared above or by going to the Figma Community within the Figma app.
  2. Once you’ve found your plugin, you’ll see an install button to the right, including the number of active installs. You can see what that looks like below
How to install Figma plugins

After installing the plugin, you’ll be able to use it in Figma. You’ll see plugins available in the Plugins menu at the top of your screen.

This is also an alternative way to get to the Community Explore part of the application. You’ll be able to install plugins by clicking the ‘manage plugins’ link.

Would you rather see the installing of Figma plugins and how to use them in action? Take a look at our Figma tutorial below.

Further reading

Figma is a great tool even without the use of plugins. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to use them. They can bring great benefits to any designer using Figma.

In fact, the plugins that are available to you might be a deciding factor in deciding between Sketch or Figma. We recommend you to take a look if you’re still on the fence.

We’re currently working on expanding this list, as well as creating more Figma tutorials for you. Make sure you check back regularly.

Nick Groeneveld

About the author

Nick Groeneveld is a designer from the Netherlands with over 5 years of UX, visual design, and consultancy experience. He has worked in many different industries, including retail, finance, and sports.

Take a look at Nick’s LinkedIn and Medium for more.

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