# Getting Started with Pixelay

Pixelay

# Introduction

Pixelay (opens new window) lets you compare your Figma designs with live or local website URLs using smart browser overlays..

# Features

  • Compare multiple Figma designs and URLs at the same time.
  • Transparency, split-screen, toggle, drag and diff overlays.
  • Optionally specify different website page URLs per Figma frame.
  • Light-weight Chrome Extension (opens new window) enables comparing live websites.
  • Supports localhost using BrowerSync or Hot Module Reloading.
  • Built-in pixel ruler for measuring space differences in comparisons.
  • Get perfect web builds that match your Figma designs, every time.

# Installing Pixelay

Ensure you're logged into your Figma account, then follow the steps below to install the Pixelay Figma plugin.

# Install with your Web Browser

  1. Navigate to the Pixelay Figma plugin (opens new window) page in your web browser
  2. Click the Try it out button in the top right hand side of the page
  3. Select your Figma account from the pop-up window
  4. Figma will create a blank Figma file and pop-up a prompt with the Pixelay plugin details
  5. Click on the "More options" (3 dots) icon button, then click Save to install the Pixelay plugin.

# Install with the Figma Desktop App

  1. Open the file browser in Figma.
  2. Click the Community page in the sidebar.
  3. Enter Pixelay into the search bar at the top of the page.
  4. Click the Plugins tab to filter results to plugins only.
  5. Click the Try it out button in the top right hand side of the page
  6. Select your Figma account from the pop-up window
  7. Figma will create a blank Figma file and pop-up a prompt with the Pixelay plugin details
  8. Click on the "More options" (3 dots) icon button, then click Save to install the Pixelay plugin.

Watch video tutorial for installing Figma plugins

Follow along with this step by step YouTube video tutorial (opens new window) if you need a visual guide to installing Figma plugins in 2022

Figma Organization Users

Anyone with a Figma account can install plugins; however, users in a Figma Organization may only be able to install approved plugins.

# Running Pixelay

Edit Access Required

Anyone with Edit access to a file can run a plugin in that file, anyone who only has View permissions won't be able to run any plugins in that file.

Once you've installed the Pixelay Figma plugin, you can switch back into any Figma project file, then follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click anywhere on your Figma project canvas
  2. Hover your mouse over Plugins ▶
  3. Hover your mouse over Installed Plugins ▶
  4. Click on the Pixelay plugin

# Quickly re-running the plugin

After you've run the Pixelay plugin once in a Figma file, you'll be able to quickly re-launch it by clicking the Pixelay icon in the right-hand side Figma column (under the "Plugin" subheading).

# Activating your account

After using the trial version of Pixelay 10 times, you'll be asked for your license key to continue using the plugin. Simply enter your key, select your plan and click Activate.

Need a Pixelay License?

You can purchase a license key for you or your team by visiting the Pixelay (opens new window) product page on the Hypermatic website.

VPN may be required in China

Please note, if you're in China, the license server may be blocked by "The Great Firewall of China". If you're seeing a license error, despite using a valid key, you will likely need to use a VPN (opens new window) to resolve the issue.