Top 5 Plugins For Illustrator

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There are many resources available for every kind of software that help us designers optimize our daily work, like mockups, actions, patterns or plugins.

When we talk about plugins, we refer to the kind of tool that you install as in addition to the essential characteristics that a program or app brings by default, in this case, Adobe Illustrator, and that many times it takes us a lot of time to learn and insert into our daily routine.

These plugins end up optimizing our job and saving us time and money in some chores that tend to repeat when we design.

Here, there’s a list of the best plugins for Illustrator:

1. Specctr

Specctr
When designing we have to be careful in every aspect and many times we have to use old methods to get measures, distances or even cut one by one every pixel to move an object manually.

Specctr helps us with that allowing us to have a panel where you can customize all the information needed: height, width, coordinates, spaces between objects, text and much more.

specctr panel

It is without a doubt a very powerful tool, and when you’re part of a team like us at 1Entity, it’s important to make things easier for your co-workers. Specctr helps to share the exact information needed to build a website or print a design; it works for both fields.

Compatibility

Adobe Illustrator CC 2015, CC, CS6

Mac OSX and Windows

Price

Free (Trial Version)

$USD 9 approximately

Where can I buy it?

On its official website

2. MirrorMe

How many times were you trying to design a symmetric vector and had to draw one side only to duplicate it later?

MirrorMe allows us to design and observe live the symmetry of your vectors. You can create a reflection of an existent stroke or use multiple axes to obtain even more complex figures.

MirrorMe versatility

Compatibility

Adobe Illustrator CC/CS6/CS5

Mac OS 10.7+ and Windows 10/8/7/Vista

Price

$USD 50 approximately

Where can I buy it?

On Astute Graphics’ official website

If you want to know more about this plugin or learn how to use it, you can check out Lynda.com’s tutorial.

3. Magic Exporter

How much time have you lost exporting files manually, deactivating layers, creating new folders and organizing everything?

Magic Exporter will save you tons of time and clicks. This plugin export objects to any extension needed, from ai to png, compatible with many screens and devices.

magic exporter interface

You only have to select the layers of the elements you wish to export and organize them by name. You also can assign different folders depending on their function. After all that, you just add the exporting sizes, and that’s it!

It works well, mainly for user interface graphics (UIG), as its primary goal it’s to export to many devices and screens in different resolution, allowing to adjust to the size needed automatically.

Compatibility

Adobe Illustrator CC, CC 2014 or CC 2015

Mac OS X

Price

$USD 25 approximately

Where can I buy it?

On Kodlian.com

4. Ai Canvas

This plugin allows us to export vectors and images from Illustrator directly into an HTML5 canvas using JavaScript. It’s ideal for website creation given the fact that we can add animations like rotation, scale, opacity and movement commands.

This resource was created by Mike Swanson, ex-Microsoft employee and now the owner of his project Juicy Bits. Without a doubt, someone to trust into download and try the plugin.

Compatibility

Ai->Canvas Version 1.3 Illustrator CC 2014

Ai->Canvas Version 1.2 Illustrator CS6 y CC

Ai->Canvas Version 1.0 Illustrator CS3, CS4, y CS5

Browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer.

Price

Free

Where do I get it?

On Mike Swanson’s official blog

5. VectorScribe

VectorScribe

VectorScribe is another plugin from Astute Graphics, experts on creating Illustrator plugins. This one allows you to increase the precision of stroke edition, creating vector figures and exact borders.

If you’re new to Illustrator and you’re editing a vector, it might be hard to delete an anchor point, change sections, cut, paste, group or ungroup. VectorScribe will help you with these tasks.

Smart Brush Eraser

You can remove the excess of anchor points with this great brush. You have the option to lock some points or let the plugin do its magic by itself.

smart brush eraser

Extended Stroke

Imagine you’re creating shapes and figures and a suggestion of where to go appears on your canvas. You have endless possibilities of stroke combinations, lines, points and trendy designs. It can be set to work either automatically or manually.

Extended Stroke

Dynamic Corners

You can add rounded corners, change one or more points dynamically, deform or straighten sections, among other actions.

Dynamic Corners

Dynamic Measurement

It allows you to measure any area of your canvas and include that information on the same place. It’s a great feature for fashion designers or architects.

Dynamic Measurement

Compatibility

Adobe Illustrator CC/CS6/CS5

Mac OS 10.7+ and Windows 10/8/7/Vista

Price

$USD 66 approximately

Where can I buy it?

On Astute Graphics’ official website

Conclusion

I hope to help with my plugin list that not only make our job easier, but it also affects your team’s work rate positively.

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