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Dennis Persson
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List of Free Image Tools Every Frontend Developer Needs

This is a list of free tools every frontend developer probably will google for one day. These websites lets you resize, reformat, edit, generating or downloading images and videos to use on your website or blog.

  1. Photopea - Online Photoshop Web Client
  2. Adobe Color Wheel - Working with Colors
  3. Generating a Theme From an Image
  4. Generating Solid Color Background Images in Base64
  5. Turning Images and Files to Base64
  6. Generating CSS Background Images
  7. Removing Background From an Image
  8. Converting Images Into Different Formats
  9. Royalty Free Images, Graphics and Videos
  10. Generate a favicon
  11. Create a Profile Picture From an Image
  12. Multi Purpose Tools
  13. Where To Learn More

1. Photopea - Online Photoshop Web Client

Photopea is like Photoshop, but online. It's a very powerful tool for editing images and can also be used to convert images into different formats while changing the quality of the images. Adjusting lights and colors is very easy to do via the Image toolbar menu. Just google how to do what you want in Photoshop and Photopea will often work in a similar way. Only your fantasy restricts what you can do with Photopea.

2. Adobe Color Wheel - Working with Colors

Adobe Color Wheel has great tools for working with colors. You can easily create your own theme by finding complementary, analogous or shade colors, or even extract a theme from an image. You can work effectively with HSB, LAB and RGB colors and check contrasts between colors. It's a tool I have used a lot through out the years.

Adobe color wheel
Adobe Color Wheel is a great tool to use when working with theme colors

3. Generating a Theme From an Image

As mentioned, Adobe Color Wheel lets you to extract a color palette theme from an image. It's not the only tool that allows you to do that. If you are not satisfied with the result you can use Picsart's tool for that.

Extract theme colors from background
Don't wanna create a theme palette on your own? You can generate one!

4. Generating Solid Color Background Images in Base64

Sounds pretty useless, but sometimes you actually need solid color pictures in Base64 format, then you can use PNG Pixel. Tiny Base64 images can sometime be embedded directly as CSS which the site shows you how to do, and a semi-transparent colored background image can give a nice user experience when using it as a blurred image placeholder while lazy loading an image. You can check out what it looks like on my website's meme page.

5. Turning Images and Files to Base64

If you find it useful to work with Base64 images, Base64 Guru allows you to convert images, audio and other file types into Base64 format. It's maybe not a tool to use daily, but when you need it it's nice to know about it.

6. Generating CSS Background Images

Do you want a simple CSS-only background for your website? Hero Patterns allows you to generate SVG files you can use directly as CSS backgrounds. Choose a pattern and select a color and opacity and you are done. I provides you with generated CSS code ready to be copy pasted. Another similar site is BG Jar.

Or why not generate a cool smokey background image with Waterpipe.js?

Generate smokey background tool
Smoking can be harmful, but smokey backgrounds are totally safe!

7. Removing Background From an Image

Enough of tools for generating backgrounds. Maybe you don't even want a background. If so, there are tools for that as well! Picsart has a background remover and remove.bg is dedicated for that. And of course, old gold' Adobe Express can remove backgrounds as well. Make sure to checkout Adobe Express' other free tools, they have many of them.

Tool to remove background from image
Grandma wants her background back

8. Converting Images Into Different Formats

Convertio allows you to convert images, videos, audio and other kind of documents into different formats. Adobe Express can also convert images and videos, but they don't support as many formats as Convertio.

Convert images to different formats
Convertio offers to convert between plenty of formats

9. Royalty Free Images, Graphics and Videos

Royalty free images can be found at different sites. Some of them costs money, some of them requires an attribution note, others are completely free to download, make sure to read the licence for that specific image. Here are a few alternatives.

There are also sites that offer illustrations that you can customize on your own.

Do you need a video instead of an image? Sure, that exists too!

Free royalty free images
Search and scroll to find images you never knew you needed

10. Generate a Favicon

Every web page needs a favicon. Why not generate one directly? There's no need to draw it pixel by pixel, you can generate one from an image! That tool supports creating icons for different platforms on both web and mobile. The tool is unfortunately a bit slow to use, so if you want a quick and easy option you can use favicon.io which allows you to generate a favicon from images, emojis and texts.

11. Create a Profile Picture From an Image

Do you want need a profile picture for you site? You can generate one using one of these tools.

If you would want to generate an avatar rather than uploading your own photo, you can use one of these tools.

Free avatar maker online
What should we call her? Suggest a name in the comments!

12. Multi Purpose Tools

Some tools can be used for a lot of things. These ones are tools you definitely should check out and save for later.

Where To Learn More

If you liked this article, you are maybe interested to read similar articles. You can do that here on DEV or by checking out my website. I'm also active on Instagram where I post more programmer memes. Make sure to follow me if you find it interesting!

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Vincent A. Cicirello

Here's another good one that I have found useful: SVGOMG. It's a web interface to SVGO for optimizing svg images. I tend to make many svgs by hand, so it doesn't really do much to those. But for an SVG created or otherwise edited by something like Inkscape, it can really eliminate a ton of unnecessary bloat.

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Dennis Persson Author

That's a great tool Vincent! Tried it on a few svgs and it could reduce size down to 69 percent of original size for the images I tried. Thanks for sharing :)

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Vincent A. Cicirello

It's amazing how much unnecessary stuff svg editors insert.

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Dennis Persson Author

Thanks for reading! Let me know if I should post more articles like this. It's way easier to know what people enjoy if they speak out. Add a comment, a ❀️ or a πŸ¦„, or save for a future reminder to read again.

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Akin C.

Hello Dennis Persson,

thank you for your article and thank you for sharing all the links.
I knew some of them, but there were many I didn't know.
I think that's a great overview.

While reading I noticed a small typo:

"I provides you with generated CSS code ready to be copy pasted."

I assume you mean:
"It provides..."

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Dennis Persson Author

Thank you Akin, glad you liked it :) And yes, should be "It provides", that sneaky little "t" slipped away againπŸ˜„

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JoelBonetR • Edited on

About the point 4 (base64 thingy)... You can just use CSS property for that.

background-color: #fec940;
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If you want to set some opacity, just add the alpha code like that and that's all:

background-color: #fec94099;
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(Note those new two digits 99 at the end) as it's hexadecimal, 00 will be transparent and FF full opacity.

You can also use rgba notation:

background-color: rbga(240, 156, 22, .7);
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Being the last number from 0 (fully transparent) to 1 (full opacity).

Then add blur or whatever other filter you desire the same way you'll do with the image.

This way you avoid loading a resource which will always perform better.

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Saleumsack

Thanks for sharing

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RaΓ­ B. Toffoletto

I personally cannot love without gimp. Colors, favicons, transparency, pattern building, image editing.... it's does a lot from the list.

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