For a developer, finding useful CSS tools is like finding a magic lamp that can make his toughest task a fun activity. CSS tools help developers in numbers of ways and let them create stylish, functional and optimized websites.
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CSS tools and generators are available in such large numbers that a developer can choose from a range of them to make their projects go smoother. Check out this collection of 45+ useful (yet free) CSS tools and generators for developers, sorted into the various categories like CSS Colors, Grid and Layout, CSS Optimisers, Menus and Buttons, Fonts and Text Tools, CSS Sprites, CSS Rounded Corners, CSS Tables and CSS Forms.
CSS Layouts Tools
It is a template generator that lets you create beautiful templates for your blog and web design without requiring any HTML and CSS knowledge.
With this tool, you can modify the header, footer, sidebars and layout width and can set the document type as XHTML or HTML strict or transitional to see the preview in the same page.
Another layout generator with which you can create a fluid or fixed width column layout, with up to 3 columns, header, footer and menu.
This tableless layout generator lets you easily create and customize layouts by simply completing a form.
Another CSS Layout Generator that allows you to create your own template by using HTML and CSS. You can create a template with up to 3 columns and a header and footer.
This tool generates multi-column and grid layouts with CSS 2.0 techniques by using pixels, percentage or em.
CSS Colors Tools
This is a powerful tool that generates a color palette derived from the primary colors of the image that you upload. It is a useful tool for rapidly grabbing a particular color within an image for inspiration. With this, you can also generate Photoshop swatches and CSS styles.
It is a CSS gradient editor and generator that lets you create CSS gradients having cross-browser support.
This tool provides colors in the form of a color wheel that offers mono, complement, traid, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic color variations in the percentage ratio; and it also highlights the same with the suitable scheme chosen.
This tool offers two options for furnishing the hexadecimal and RGB color codes. You can pick the color from the color picker and then copy its hexadecimal value from the bottom field.
This color chart offers more than 16 million colors with both RGB and hexadecimal color modes.
This tool allows you to easily generate a gradient image of 3 types with on the spot previewing. With this tool you can create gradient images that you can use everywhere in your web page design.
CSS Grids Tools
This calculator allows you to envision page layouts and draw grids in a variety of ways. You can have an accurate visual feedback on how text blocks and page divisions will appear within a browser window. You can also return style declarations for divisions and text to copy and paste into style sheets.
It is a lightweight tool with which you can streamline page templates for content management systems.
This tool allows you to generate grids for the 960.gs, Golden Grid, or 1KB Grid. You can even generate a basic generic grid.
This tool allows you create design grids by giving you options to customize Columns, Pixels, Gutters and Margins.
It is a quick way to generate an underlying CSS grid that is based on the 960 Grid System.
With this tool, you can generate more flexible versions of Blueprint's grid.cs and compressed.css and grid.png files.
CSS Menus and Buttons
This tool creates XHTML valid micro buttons (80x15). You can also create larger 88x31 buttons.
This menu generator lets you generate CSS and HTML codes which you need to create an appealing set of text based navigation buttons.
Another CSS navigation Tab Menu generator that allows you tweak size, colors, corners and more to generate unique designs that can be downloaded for your use.
This tool allows you create custom, cross browser compatible website menus.
With this tool, you can choose the content, layout and presentation of your list-based navigation menus.
This tool provides an easy way to create cross browser compatible CSS menus. With this tool, you can create Horizontal, Vertical, Drop-down web navigation.
Fonts and Text CSS Tools
This is a typography tool that allows designers and developers to test and learn the ways to style their web content.
This is an amazing tool that lets you edit loads of CSS properties including inline height, font weight, font style and variant, text indent and transform, and word and letter spacing.
You can use this wizard if you want to experiment with the fonts and text styles in order to generate sample CSS style source code. Dynamic HTML is used in this wizard that changes the style of the table in-situ, without loading another page.
This application provides a comparison of the fonts for the screen. Since the new fonts are packed into operating systems, the list of the common fonts will be updated.
You can use this tool to set the style of the font to italic or oblique.
CSS Generator and Optimizer
This tool lets you choose a style for your web page. You can select different Cascading Style Sheet properties with live preview. You can choose color, HTML tag, click the field you would like to insert color into and color them.
This tool gives you a live preview of the color that you select from the palette. You can directly specify colors and other design attributes. This tool helps you select a face color for your new web project straight away!
This tool lets you create unique Cascading Style Sheets from scratch. You can also modify your existing CSS.
This is a CSS optimizer and formatter that takes your CSS code and makes it cleaner and more concise.
With this tool, you can generate CSS with just one click.
This is a free tool that lets you create cascading style sheets for your web page. You can add as many style sheets as you want.
CSS Sprite Tools
This tool allows you create your sprite by letting your upload your image and then add more images. You can also set the output of your images as in PNG, JPEG or GIF.
It is a tool that allows you to upload your source file in order to create the sprite image and CSS. This tool works by ignoring duplicates, resizing the source images, setting the sprite and other CSS options like horizontal and vertical offset, background color, class prefix, CSS suffix etc.
With this tool, upload any number of images and click Generate button to create your CSS sprites with ease.
With this tool, you can easily generate CSS and HTML code by uploading the file you want to use in your CSS sprite and then click the button that join all your images into a single file. With this tool, you can also achieve any rollover effects.
It is a WYSIWYG tool that is helpful for the web designers who want to quickly create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. This tool works on the principle of using the background-position property to line up areas of a sprite image into block elements of a web page.
More CSS Related Tools
Csstxt is a powerful tool that illustrates numerous ways to add a style to a text with 'a', 'p' or div tag.
This wizard helps you generate style source code and allows you to do experiments with table border styles.
CSS Sorter is a tool that sorts CSS files and rules alphabetically so that you can easily manage your CSS files.
This is a simple tool that lets you quickly generate XHTML Markup and a CSS frame; shorten syntax so that you can directly jump to the elements styling. This tool significantly speeds up your work.
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