In the design industry, Figma has become a widely used tool in recent years due to its popularity. One of the reasons for its popularity is the extensive plugin ecosystem available to designers. These plugins automate tasks, improve workflow, and save time.
At Perpetual, we are always on the lookout for tools that can enhance the design process. Figma is one of our go-to design tools, and with its variety of plugins, we can focus less on trivial design tasks and more on creating the ideal products for our clients. Below, we explore ten advanced Figma plugins for experienced designers, a list cultivated by our UX Design team at Perpetual.
Tokens Studio for Figma is a plugin that enables designers to create and utilize design tokens for various design options including border radii, spacer units, semantic color, and more. These tokens can be used to make changes throughout a document or to a specific selection. The plugin allows exporting tokens as JSON and syncing design tokens with GitHub. This can ensure consistency in styles between what designers are creating on Figma and developers are building on their environment.
If you are new to design tokens, we recommend reading this great post - “Design Tokens for Dummies”, to learn more about what exactly are design tokens and what they do.
Pitch Deck Presentation Studio enables designers to create professional-looking pitch decks. This plugin is useful for quickly creating PowerPoints just before a last-minute meeting. With this plugin from Hypermatic, designers can choose from a variety of pre-built templates and customize them to fit the audience’s needs, making it easier to create polished and effective presentations.
Breakpoints is a plugin that helps you to design responsive layouts in Figma. With this plugin, you can create breakpoints for different screen sizes and preview your design at each breakpoint.
If you are curious about how you can create responsive layouts on Figma, watch this quick demo of how the “Breakpoints” plugin works.
Design System Organizer is a plugin that helps organize design systems in Figma by copying styles between files, bulk swapping instances, and managing pathnames. With this plugin, users can generate a style guide, simplifying how you manage colors, typography, icons, and more.
Planning to create your next project in Webflow? Consider using the Figma to Webflow plugin to streamline your workflow. This plugin allows you to quickly convert your existing designs from Figma to Webflow. Created by Webflow, this plugin also has over 20 prebuilt starter components for you to get started with creating responsive designs.
We recommend checking out this tutorial from Webflow University that walks you through how to use the Figma to Webflow plugin.
In one click, build custom drag-and-drop automations. This helps speed up your Figma tasks and design process. This Figma plugin hosts over 100 actions, allowing for powerful automation workflows.
Not sure how to build a specific automation? Check out the Automator community and all their compatible prebuilt automations ready for you to download and incorporate into your workflow.
Figmotion is a plugin that helps you to create animations in Figma. With this plugin, the Figmotion editor runs in a separate window allowing you to put your timeline wherever you want. It also allows you to export your animations as GIF or MP4 files.
Ever needed to mark a design with specific measurements? Redlines is a plugin that helps you quickly jot down measurements and spacing markups for developer handoff. With this plugin, you can add redlines on top of your design in different outlines, line styles, and colors. Redlines also offers the ability to add different units like pixels or percentages to each element.
Another plugin by Hypermatic, Pixelay, helps you compare your Figma designs to live websites. With this plugin, you can overlay your design on top of a live site to compare them for pixel-perfect accuracy. To ensure what is developed matches your design specifications, Pixelay is the plugin for you with features like transparency, split-screen, toggle, and more.
Design Lint is a plugin that helps you ensure that your design is development or collaboration ready. It goes through your design file and finds missing styles within, all while updating automatically as you fix the errors. This plugin is open-source as well, which makes it even better.
Figma has a lot of tools to help designers create better designs faster. With so many options available, selecting which plugins to use can be overwhelming. However, these plugins can help experienced designers who want to improve their workflow. Additionally, Figma's plugin library is continuously expanding, with new plugins being added regularly. Designers can take advantage of the plugins that already exist and expect to find more in the future.
At Perpetual, our expert team of designers use plugins to help make our design process more effective and support our work. We hope you will be as excited to use these plugins as we are to share information about them!
If you want to learn about our “must-have” Figma plugins, check out our previous post.