If you prefer using Figma as a design tool but want to rid yourself of the nuisance of boring, tedious tasks, you’re in luck. There are multiple great community-based plugins that Figma uses to help make the performance of the most frustrating tasks faster and easier. According to Clay.Global, a top design agency in San Francisco, here are 15 of these plugins. Let’s go over what aspect of Figma they help with.
Best Figma Plugins
The handy Rename It app helps to organize your Figma files by batch renaming your layers. With this plugin, you can manage files by layer dimension, ascending or descending enumeration, and several other sort consistencies. You can even select layers and search for particular keywords within them, then replace them with a reworded version if you so choose.
Content Reel simplifies adding icons, strings of text, and avatars into selected design layers. Choose the layer(s) you intend to append these elements too, then choose the content type you wish to add from this plugin’s array of choices.
If your 2D designs feel too bland for your liking, and you want to give them another dimension, you can do so with the Vectary 3D plugin. With Vectary, you can customize a 3D element or use a predefined 3D mockup and place your Figma design into it. Then, after setting the 3D perspective, you can select the result in place with just one click. This plugin is the most straightforward method of 3D UI effect layering or object wrapping in Figma. If you need to see some examples of others who have used 3D mockups before, rest assured Vectary 3D provides plenty of samples for your review.
If importing a chart into Figma is your need, the Chart plugin is what you’re looking for. Compatible with and able to import from all the popular spreadsheet editors (Google Sheets, Excel, Numbers), Chart possesses the ability to connect live Google Sheet files and read from formats including CSV and remote JSON (REST API).
Recently, one of the trending topics in UI design has been the concept of isometric design, or, to phrase it another way, formulating 3D designs out of two-dimensional objects. Isometric, a simple plugin built by Wilson Lam, allows any Figma layouts to be rendered as isometric with one click. All it takes is to select the perspective viewpoint and the angle at which you want the transformation to occur, click and watch as the isometric change occurs.
Want to turn your Figma project’s background into a party? Look no further than the Confetti plugin to get your background to pop truly. By using grids to generate and alter patterns, Confetti can manipulate the background’s density by increasing and decreasing the number of rows and columns. Other features allow the manipulation of scale, opacity, and rotation angles.
One of the most notable aspects notably absent from Figma to those who have previously used Adobe tools is the blending tool’s ability. But with the handy Looper plugin, Figma can work with customizable looping functions in a matter of just a few clicks. You do not get many tools that help you ease the process, regardless of the layers you are working within Figma.
With the Avatars plugin, you can now add random user avatars to your Figma design with just a click. All it takes is selecting any element, then running the Avatars plug-in, and your document chosen generates a randomly chosen avatar. If you don’t like a copy, a new one will be created with an avatar featured in it. You were wondering where the avatar images are sourced from? They are pulled from various image repositories, including imdb.com, donated photos, randomuser.me, and tinyfac.es.
Suppose one is seeking a sense of depth or elevation in their images. In that case, shadow effects are the most effective way to achieve that desired effect when their softness, diffusion, and size are manipulated. The Shadow Picker plugin comes pre-built with four commonly used and highly effective shadow presets, letting you apply shadow effects without issue. You can even achieve a smooth blend of any existing background by using vibrant colors to set the image apart. Several elements can be selected for a uniform shadow effect application if you want to create shadows for multiple objects.
Finding high-quality animations for Figma projects is made easy by the vast library available through LottieFiles. You can perform a search through the plugin’s capable search feature to find the animation you are looking for, or if you have one you wish to pull in from your device, you can certainly pull it in as well. Once you choose a Lottie, you can convert it to a GIF. When framing your Figma project together, this conversion can give you a great preview of how everything will appear on your page once the final product goes live. Do you know, you can even set LottieFiles GIF as a Wallpaper on Windows.
When it comes to design, staying organized is pivotal to achieving the optimal result. Luckily, a plugin like LilGrid makes that easier to accomplish. LilGrid allows you to arrange all of your components and elements into a nicely-outlined grid with categories that the designer can define. Though this plugin itself performs no element manipulation, its usefulness is immeasurable when handling class objects (buttons, icons, etc.). However, there is little question that the ability to arrange design elements in particular locations makes the process of compiling the design far easier.
With just a few clicks, Roto, Figma’s answer to the infamous 3D tool in Adobe, allows for 3D shapes to be extruded and rotated (as the plugin’s name implies). By simply dragging the preview, the designer can play the 3D effects to evaluate satisfaction with the result of their attempted manipulations. The plugin also allows for generating wireframes and color fills that can customize how any 3D object appears.
Linear text is not very exciting. Sometimes designers want to add ebb and flow effects to how the text is displayed, including downward or upward trajectories or even rounded fashion inside encircled shapes. With the powerful yet straightforward Arc plugin, these abstract wonders with the text can be adjusted and previewed at will.
Most designers are well aware of the excellent image repository at Unsplash.com. Still, those who don’t feel like leaving their canvas to get to the Unsplash collection use the Unsplash plugin to quickly find and retrieve the images they need.
Imagine starting a project in Figma, only to realize that instead of Frames you are using Components. Before you feel sick from the error, don’t worry if you have the Master plugin installed. Not only does Master permit you to generate new components, but it also allows you to retrieve any objects to components that already exist, regardless of where they are coming from. There is nothing like saving time during a design project, and Master holds a whole load of it.
Now with plugins on Figma, you can comfortably get about anything done without stress. More interestingly, you never get to leave your canvas while creating your interface. Pick a handful from this list and start working with them as many user experience design agencies do.
However, remember, beyond this list, there are a lot of Figma plugins available to help you achieve your best interfaces. So, check out the Figma plugin store and help yourself to as many plugins as you find needful.