Have you ever felt that your e-mail design skills were a little weak? You are not alone – even the best e-mail designers often think that they should do better. Moreover, while we need more than ever to create great content, fortunately, we also have many email design tools and resources to help us deliver beautiful e-mail messages. These 10 online resources should help you do that.
E-mail Layout and coding tools
If you work with an independent designer, you may have your own process for design, or you may prefer to use design layout tools. You may find our suggestions helpful.
1) Style Tiles
If you can afford to go up to the drawing board, up to the brass tiles, then the tiles might be worth the detour. This innovative free tool gets all kinds of braces to be an ideal collaboration tool for designers and project managers. If you work with a professional designer and do not get very far with screenshots and attachments, it could save your life.
Do you know someone who likes to design in Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, then cut out their designs and make websites, mail pieces, or something else? They would love InkBrush, as its specifically made for them. With InkBrush, you can take one of these Photoshop or Illustrator designs and turn it into an email or whatever, in the blink of an eye. This tool may not be necessary for everyone, but for some email designers, this is the only way they want to work. This gives them control of the appearance of their designs and to share the perfect HTML emails. So let them use it. Create emails from sliced and diced Photoshop files using this tool.
3) CoffeeCup Software
This tool would be extremely beneficial for people who are not advanced enough code their emails but would like to control the design process. There is a free trial if you want to make a whirlpool. It works with Windows or OS X.
4) Creator of Litmus
If you code your emails, or if you want to code even a part of them (like a custom CSS button), there are many free code editors. The Litmus Builder is probably the best choice for them. The other options being Coda 2, Sublime Text and others.
5) Responsive E-mail Patterns
This one is a part design resource, a part coding resource. It is a free site that has a dozen different responsive email configurations, complete with source code. The interface is minimalist and easy to use – the site itself is an excellent example of clean, mobile-friendly design.
6) The best of email
Unfortunately, this blog has been neglected a bit in recent months, but there are still dozens, if not hundreds, of great examples of creating emails and blog posts to describe their strengths and weaknesses. If you need inspiration, it’s worth a visit.
7) Email on the acid
What is the use of spending time on designing a beautiful email template if it is not appropriately displayed on different email clients? Email on Acid solves this problem by checking your template on all email clients. It’s a paid tool, but it has a free version. Do not miss their blog, especially if you like advanced coding tips.
8) Litmus Email Preview Tool
Here is another free email preview tool for you. Never hurt to double check things. Do you want an extra credit? Make sure your last email passes a spam filter tool.
9) The Paletton Color Scheme Designer
It is beneficial to control the hue and saturation of each color in your email designs. However, it can also open the possibility of a color scheme that looks weird. Paletton to the rescue: They will give you several options for vibrant color palettes, complete with hexadecimal codes or RBG information.
10) Color Hunter
What if you have an image that you want to use for your header and want to use color from that image? No problem: use Color Hunter. It is a free tool that allows you to upload an image, or paste into a link to a picture. Click on a button and the viola: your palate of good taste, coordinated by the image awaits you, complemented by hexadecimal codes for HTML coding.