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Where do you design websites? Photoshop or Figma?

Figma has proved to be the clear winner for web design purposes, and our team usually uses it for website design. It can be used for everything from wireframing websites to mobile app interface development, prototyping ideas, and so on. Its lightweight software and unique design features make it much more efficient than Photoshop in positioning elements, which means you have more time to focus on the larger design points.

Here are some points to mention why Figma is better than Photoshop when it comes to web design creation:

Figma was designed to be a UI/UX creation tool from the start, whereas Photoshop was adapted to this purpose. Thus, Figma has UI design features that set it apart from Photoshop in terms of ease of use.

Figma is vector-based, so it can be used for things that need to be resized very big without losing their quality. On the other hand, Photoshop is pixel-based, and it is good for working with images.

Figma operates entirely within your browser and enables real-time collaboration to access your projects and begin working from any device or platform without purchasing licenses or installing software. Several people can view the same project from different devices. Figma offers live previews for mobile. It also gives simple integration with Slack and Trello. Photoshop is very slow, as it needs a lot of power from CPU and GPU and many GBs of RAM and must be installed on a computer.

Figma can be used at no additional costs, while Photoshop requires obtaining a license.

In Figma, designs can be shared with an online viewer where they will be displayed at their actual size and sections can be set, so they don't scroll with the rest of the page. It is also possible to create links between frames. So if you have a homepage frame with a button to a Contact Us page, you could create a link so that, when viewing the presented design, clicking the button will take you to the Contact Us page design. It's also considerably better at presenting responsive designs. You can select how elements should behave when the frame size is adjusted and choose from a wide selection of preset frame options.

Figma simplifies and speeds up front-end developers' work a lot. A front-end engineer has access to the layers, objects and elements, their names and their position on the layout, and the distances between objects and elements that should be on the layout. It is also possible to export images and graphic elements from the layout and choose the necessary format and export them onto the computer. When working with copy, an engineer can check the font, size, colour, and other parameters. Every element is presented there. You can also integrate such tools as Zeplin to make it easier for developers to access assets and code snippets. Photoshop has some of these features, but the plugin library is far more limited.

Updated on: 10/12/2023

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