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PDF files and other related formats are usually secured without editing. Sometimes you’ll also get files which behave like a flat image where you can’t even select the text. This can get pretty frustrating if you’re working on a detailed project. But thankfully we have technology called optical character recognition.

This task known as OCR can distinguish various letters on a page, much like turning an image into a contextual document. There are some great tools and plugins out there on the web for this exact purpose. I’ve put together an excellent compilation in the showcase below.

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It is always important to keep your website fast so that your users are happy and don’t give up on checking your page because loading time is crazy. And a good way to load your site faster and consume less bandwidth is to always optimize your website’s images, reducing their file size as much as possible without compromising quality. This way you can still display beautiful images without penalizing your users. Read the rest of this entry »

Between smartphones and tablets there are so many new apps being released every month. If you manage a website then you probably know these apps can be helpful with content, marketing, and checking traffic stats.

But there are even applications to help manage your website if it’s based on a certain Content Management System. This gallery includes a number of apps you can download and incorporate into your schedule when out and about. If you’re using any mainstream CMS engine you might be surprised at what’s available!

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Web designers have easy access to loads of freebies on the Internet. Both website layouts and mobile applications can benefit from these free resources. Focusing directly on interfaces can help new designers understand the basics of page structure and color schemes.

This gallery includes a number of free buttons released as PSD graphics and HTML/CSS code snippets. Buttons are useful in practically every website or mobile app. Take a look over some of these examples and try using the best ones in your next project.

Clean Popup UI

clean popup ui design button psd

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Whether using a mouse or illustrating on a tablet, Photoshop is a powerful design suite. The brush tool is one concept with a volume of knowledge behind it. You can build your own custom brushes from scratch or even illustrate brilliant designs using only the defaults.

It all depends on your skillset and how you work in Photoshop. If you want to learn more about the brush tool then you’ll certainly love this collection. Below you will find a series of articles and tutorials related to Photoshop, and more specifically the Photoshop brush tool. Read through a few of these articles and be sure to keep practicing your technique!

Photoshop Brush Tool: A Basic Guide

basic online guide to photoshop brush tool

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We’re excited to bring you another giveaway from TemplateMonster, a US based template selling company.

TemplateMonster has been in business for over ten years, and now the company has a collection of more than 30,000 templates including HTML/CSS templates, WordPress themes, Joomla templates, Magento themes, Prestashop themes, Bootstrap templates and so on.


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If you’ve been hoping to build a newsletter for your site then look no further. This collection of resources will provide a great starting point for anyone interested in designing, managing, and marketing a newsletter. Even if you aren’t familiar with newsletters it doesn’t take very long to understand the basics. All you really need is time and lots of practice.

MailChimp Resources

online mailchimp email newsletter resources

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infographics

Data. It’s what makes the world go round. How you use and share that data, however, can be a true challenge. When you’re dealing with an increasingly shorter attention span all the time, it can be tough getting your point across to your customers. That’s where the infographic can be such a life saver!
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If you’re a freelancer who’s just getting started with making a living from what you do, you know that success comes with complications. You need to be able to manage your time, your projects and interact with your collaborators on a professional level while still enjoy the benefits of freelancing  – working when you want, from wherever you want. It’s not easy, but absolutely doable.  I was browsing the web recently in the search of a system that would help me handle the more painful areas of my business, and I bumped into FreshBooks.


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Becoming a skilled artisan for the web is a tough goal. Somebody who can build layouts may not be so great at designing text effects or icons. Thankfully the open source movement provides a lot of support for web designers who need resources for project work.

I’ve cataloged a total of 25 outstanding icon sets for download. Each set is completely free and they’re all linked to an original Dribbble shot. Designers who release their stuff on Dribbble don’t often make it a big deal – so it’s tough to find these links without searching extensively on the website. I hope these icons can prove useful in future web projects.

Cryst4l UI

cryst4l crystal user interface icons freebie

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