NEWS: Project Naptha – Chrome Extension to Copy Texts from Images

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What if I told you that you can copy and even translate texts inside images you find on the Internet? Would you believe me?

For those who answered yes, thank you very much. For those who doubted me, I present to you, Project Naptha, a free Google Chrome browser extension developed by Kevin Kwok.

Project Naptha uses a series of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms that include libraries developed by Microsoft and Google. These algorithms and libraries quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters in nearly any image there is.

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5 Business Card Bonanza for Website Builders

Posted in Freebies, Inspiration, Templates4 weeks ago • Written by 3 Comments

One of the must-haves of a web designer (and even graphic designers and bloggers) is a business card. Call it a little bit old fashioned but business cards are still very useful. They contain the most available point of contact for the possible employee. It makes your clients realize that you are a legit artist and very good one at that.

This calls for a very good and catchy business card. In order to attract clients, you have to be clever in designing your cards. They should also reflect the trade you do and details on how to contact you.

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Giveaway: 10 WordPress Themes from TemplateMonster

Posted in Freebies, Templates1 month ago • Written by 42 Comments

Hello guys. It’s your favorite time of the month! Oh yes it is! TemplateMonster, a US-based template-selling company teamed up with your 1stwebdesigner in giving away premium designs for your WordPress site. Now, do I have your attention?

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22 Web Design Resources Ready for Download

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Icons, Tools, Vectors, Wallpapers, Web Design1 month ago • Written by 7 Comments

Design elements are important for a web designer. It makes his designs look more beautiful, thus, increasing its usability. Choosing the correct icons, buttons, and other elements is important because it makes your designs look trendier, livelier and more beautiful, aesthetically. Web design resources are everywhere but choosing one among the loads online can be a bit overwhelming.

It is necessary to be able to find great design elements. However, due to the massive number of resources available, it becomes difficult, nay, almost impossible to find what you need in the shortest possible time. That is why, 1stWebDesigner gathered the following web design resources for your usage.

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Giveaway – Comment and Get Any Deal from MightyDeals up to $50

Posted in Freebies2 months ago • Written by 52 Comments

If you have been into design for some time now, you probably know how crucial it is to have high quality assets at your disposal – whether they are fonts, icons, UI kits, etc. A great designer knows how to utilize whatever resources he has; he is able to put all the parts in the right place and synthesize them in order to create a holistic masterpiece. But good resources come at a good price or are hard to find, or both.

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15 Bumper Stickers to Print and Peel

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Illustration, Inspiration, Patterns, Typography, Wallpapers2 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

Once I saw a bumper sticker that says,

There’s no place like 127.0.0.1

Bumper stickers are very good means of relieving stress in the road. It takes our minds away from the pressure of work, traffic and the seemingly endless string of daily mishaps in life. Putting them in your car somehow helps those behind you. Somehow, you’re telling them a good joke and subtly whispering, “Read and laugh with this one instead of hitting my car from behind.”

Since one of our fundamental goals is to promote world peace (or should I say, road peace), 1WD is giving you 15 bumper stickers! We hope that you have fun with them and share them by putting them on your car. You’d do a great help, swear!

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15 Smartphone Apps You Should Have

Posted in Freebies, Freelance, Social Media, Tips, Tools, Web Design3 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

With smartphones now enabling more mobile Internet accessibility, you are given limitless opportunities- and smartphone apps you should have on your smartphone. The mobilization of the Internet access has provided people with unlimited opportunities.

Imagine these scenarios: You’re in café and you suddenly wanted to check an e-mail? Pick your iPad or tablet PC, and voila, you could read what the e-mail is. You’re on a bus trip to the other side of the States and your best friend told you to check out his new Facebook photo. You pick your iOS7 phone and start browsing. You want to tweet in a conference, your Android phone is yours for the taking. With a readily available Internet connection, it has become easier to browse the Web.

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25 Amazing Flat UI Kits to Use in Your Next Design

Posted in Freebies, Patterns, Templates3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

With the explosion of flat-designed websites, web designers now follow the trend in a snap, adapting a cleaner and much simpler design which can be found in flat UI kits. We seldom see skeumorphic designs nowadays. In fact, all the depth and other 3D stuff have been slowly becoming flat.This is the reason why more and more design blogs have created flat design UI kits for web designers who want to follow the trend.

These kits will allow each designer to fully utilize the trend and produce eye-popping results. It also saves the designer a great amount of time because he doesn’t have to create each individual design element. He just needs a kit, which is usually a PSD file, and voila! and instant web design masterpiece.

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Expert Tips When Creating and Selling Fonts

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Freelance, Inspiration, Typography3 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

Fonts are essential for the feel of the website. Font developers, like you, need to be smart when creating and selling fonts. In media, where typefaces are very much used, fonts have changed in the same rate as any other web page elements, adjusting to the need and time of its use. As there are people who are able to read, fonts will continue to evolve in its styles, uses and forms.

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10 Free Stunning WordPress Themes for Bloggers

Posted in Freebies, Themes, WordPress5 months ago • Written by 14 Comments

WordPress is one of the most amazing blogging systems ever created. It’s easy to use and tinker around, which makes it very popular for bloggers, and, especially for most web designers. One of its awesome features is it’s easy to understand theme structure. Using basic PHP and some of the WordPress functions, you will be gazing at the best theme that you could ever see in no time.

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