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10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Contents Introduction 2 Summary 2 The Top 10 Needed Software for the Graphics Professional 2 PhotoZoom Pro 5 3 The Givemehelp com Experience with PhotoZoom 5 3 Vector Magic 5 The Givemehelp com Experience with VectorMagic 6 Filter Forge 8 The Givemehelp com Experience with Filter Forge 9 InPaint 10 The Givemehelp com Experience with InPaint 11 Background Remover 11 The Givemehelp com Experience with Background Remover 12 SmartCurve 13 The Givemehelp com Experience with Smartcurves 13 Whatthefont com 14 The Givemehelp com Experience with Whatthefont com 15 EyeCandy 7 16 The Givemehelp com Experience with EyeCandy 7 18 TuneUp Utilities 2014 19 The Givemehelp com Experience with TuneUp Utilities 20 FotoSketcher 20 The Givemehelp com Experience with FotoSketcher 21 BONUS Stardock Fences 22 Conclusion 23 MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 1
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  Contents Introduction .......................................
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Introduction As much as we d like to think that one design program can do it all it simply isn t true I must admit that over the last 20 years of watching the sign business grow I have seen some attempts at this FlexiSIGN SignLAB and others have produced programs that are really good for sign making with lots of features But many of you have retreated to the basic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator or CorelDraw But even these have areas that lack in terms of productivity So this white paper is about the 10 software programs that I consider a MUST have for the professional graphics designer Some of them are related to design some are more utilities that are needed to simply keep the computer going Based on my own 20 years of experience these programs are needed in any shop that is involved in design There are always going to be more or different recommendations but these are the ones I use and have found indispensable to good design and layout I hope you enjoy them as well Summary Okay in case you don t like to read here s a summary of the top 10 software programs I can recommending in this paper 1 PhotoZoom Pro 5 http www benvista com 2 VectorMagic http vectormagic com 3 Filter Forge Filter Forge Web Site 4 InPaint http www teorex com inpaint html 5 Background Remover www backgroundremover com 6 SmartCurve www easy filter com 7 WhattheFont www whatthefont com 8 EyeCandy 7 www alienskin com 9 TuneUp Utilities www tune up com 10 FotoSketcher www fotosketcher com 11 BONUS Fences www stardock com products fences These programs are so useful I could not live without them Every time my computer crashes I am sure to reload these programs as they have saved me time and effort and have always made me money The Top 10 Needed Software for the Graphics Professional Okay now for the rest of you who would like to know more Let s discuss each of these programs and how they can help in graphic design MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 2
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  Introduction As much as we   d like to think that one desi...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL PhotoZoom Pro 5 This is just one of those programs that you will get and then say oh my gosh I wish I had had this a week ago PhotoZoom is a program that can take those low resolution images that customers give you and add resolution so you can print them larger Higher Quality Equipped with S Spline Max the latest generation of BenVista s patented S Spline algorithm PhotoZoom Pro 5 creates image enlargements of unequalled quality PhotoZoom Pro 5 beats any of the alternative solutions such as Photoshop s Bicubic technique fractal based methods and socalled industry standards Truly Any Size Where competitors fail to get past 300000 by 300000 pixels or even much lower PhotoZoom Pro 5 enlarges images up to 1 million by 1 million pixels No other product offers this capability let alone with preservation of image quality Fits into your Workflow BenVista does not intend to dictate how you should fit PhotoZoom Pro 5 into your workflow Therefore the software works not only as a stand alone application but also as an Automation plug in and Export plug in for Photoshop Choice Although S Spline Max has proven to be the optimum technique in most tests PhotoZoom Pro 5 also offers many other excellent S Spline techniques You can choose which you like best You can even fine tune each technique to your personal liking and save your favorite settings so you can use them again later Image Support PhotoZoom Pro 5 perfectly meets the requirements of the professional user when it comes to image support It fully supports color spaces like RGB CMYK Grayscale and Lab just like metadata of the types EXIF IPTC XMP and ICC profiles Also PhotoZoom Pro 5 supports layers 16 bits channel including Raw and 32 bits channel HDR images and last but not least a very wide range of image file formats Conclusion PhotoZoom Pro 5 is the ideal solution for enlarging digital images both for printing and onscreen purposes Besides enlargements of unequalled quality it offers various professional functions and features and can be easily fit into anyone s workflow PhotoZoom Pro 5 is an absolute must have for both professionals and serious amateurs who want to resize their images The Givemehelp com Experience with PhotoZoom 5 We ve been using PhotoZoom for a few years now and can tell you from personal experience that this program has taken image enlargement to the max As an example we want to show you some of the sign jobs we ve had to make from virtually nothing in terms of images MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 3
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  PhotoZoom Pro 5 This is just one of those programs that yo...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Below are a few images that I ve had to enlarge from just inches to several feet Original Image PhotoZoom Image 2 2 x 1 78 and 72 ppi 18x 14 4 and 150 ppi 8 times bigger 7 5 x 5 and 100 dpi 10 FEET x 78 and 100dpi 16 times bigger 3 6 x 2 4 inches and 96 ppi 60 x 40 inches and 96 ppi 16X Bigger MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 4
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Below are a few images that I   ve had to enlarge from just...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL I think you can see immediately the value of such a tool in your hands Vector Magic This is just one of those programs that you will get and then say oh my gosh I wish I had had this a week ago I know I just repeated myself but it s true Vector Magic is a new software tool and online service that grew out of a research project in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Stanford University The tool converts bitmap images into vector art and it kicks the pants off of all the existing tools that claim to do this even those by graphics heavyweights Adobe and Corel You can try it out for free at http vectormagic com And if you re curious to see a side by side comparison just check out http vectormagic com home comparisons I suppose they cherry picked those results a little but seriously if you ve used Live or Power trace to any extent you ll see the difference in quality right away While I have always preferred the Vectorizing of FlexiSIGN I find I am using VectorMagic more and more especially with color images These are some examples from their website MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 5
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL I think you can see immediately the value of such a tool in...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL The Givemehelp com Experience with VectorMagic We ve been using VectorMagic since its release and I have to say it s saved me on more than one occasion The interface is easy to use but also contains options for the more advanced user Art work can sometimes need a little tweaking to get the desired result but I ve combined PhotoZoom enlarging and this program and that is a great combination MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 6
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  The Givemehelp.com Experience with VectorMagic We   ve bee...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Take for example the cowboy image used in the PhotoZoom discussion here is the comparison of the original PhotoZoom and Vector Magic I think you can see where I am going here The biggest two factors that make VectorMagic great is the image can now be resized without loss of quality AND it can be cut on a vinyl cutter Files can be saved in numerous formats both bitmaps and vector form I prefer the PDF format or the EPS format though when I import into FlexiSIGN I have to remove additional stroke lines prior to cutting However if I am just going to add contour cut lines and print and cut it s perfect from the start We ve used VectorMagic to trace and then enlarge images for print to be used on 4x8 ft signage almost every day Once you get this program you will not be able to live without it Original PhotoZoom and VectorMagic Compared ORIGINAL 2 2 x 1 78 and 72 ppi It can be used in two forms online where you pay by the month or image or download the desktop version and use it when needed I love the desktop version in my case since I am not always online Pricing is very reasonable for this product 7 95 mo for the online service or 295 for the desktop version I d highly recommend the desktop version If you use the online version they will credit your first 50 towward the purchas3e of the dewsktop version So you can try the online version for real results while you decide if you like PHOTOZOOM PRO 5 18 x 14 4 and 150 ppi 8 times bigger There are numerous tweaks you can make to get great results so some study is needed but even the automatic button works well most of the time VECTORMAGIC 200ft no ppi vectorized 1000 times bigger MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 7
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Take for example the cowboy image used in the PhotoZoom dis...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Filter Forge On the surface Filter Forge is just a Photoshop plugin a pack of filters that generate textures create visual effects and enhance photos or process images However there are 3 things that make Filter Forge unique 1 You can create your own filters Filter Forge comes with a visual node based editor allowing you to create your own filters textures effects distortions backgrounds frames you name it All filters automatically support 16 and 32 bit modes in Photoshop real world HDRI lighting bump and normal maps huge resolutions and seamless tiling 2 You get free access to 6956 user created filters Anyone can contribute their textures and effects to the online filter collection so it grows with every submitted filter This means the more people use Filter Forge the better it gets 3 Contributors get Filter Forge for free You submit filters they get popular with the users and they send you a free copy of Filter Forge Sounds simple but don t expect a giveaway you will have to earn it Here are some examples of the results of using Filter Forge from their website This is an example of a filter called Alien Metal Author s Comments This is an example of a filter called Peeling Paint Watercolor Venice by Kochubey November 2009 Tools Filter Forge Photoshop cheap Canon camera Epson scanner The original is a Venetian mansion shot with a cheap Canon camera Here s what I did with it 1 Replaced the sky the original one was too dull 2 Enhanced the dynamic range using Levels and Shadow Highlight in Photoshop 3 Applied the Vibrance filter in Filter Forge 4 Applied the Watercolor Painting in Filter Forge 6 Added a Watercolor Frame again Filter Forge 7 Made a paper texture using the water color paper filter Filter Forge 8 Finally I placed on the paper texture two watercolor images with the Multiply mode 100 and 0 Opacity MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 8
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  Filter Forge On the surface, Filter Forge is just a Photos...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL The Givemehelp com Experience with Filter Forge I ve used this unique product for a few reasons First it makes some really great effects and second I can make seamless tiles from any effect This means I can produce a smaller version of an effect and tile them to create a large effect or fill In addition with access to all of the user fills I can get quality fills from other designers who may be more talented than me Here are some of the examples of how I have used this plugin I drew a 6inch square in FlexiSIGN rasterized it then applied the free metal foil Filter from Filter Forge I also turned on the seamless tile feature The result to the left is now a 6 inch seamless tile with a metal look This means I can make multiple copies set them side by side and create an even larger fill pattern Of course I can also apply this technique to rasterized text directly In the below example I applied the Filter Forge Metal to text and then added a shadow in FlexiSIGN As you can see I can create some very unique graphics using these filters The BEST part they offer a few for FREE but I liked them so much I got the full version They offer various levels of this nice filter that price from 6 to 299 Just check out the website for the free ones Filter Forge Web Site or email me and I ll send you the link mrugen givemehelp com MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 9
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL InPaint InPaint is a great program for getting rid of objects in a complex background Do you have a photo where the photo would be just right if you could just remove an object or person that appears in the photo For example look at the following picture which would be improved if we could just take out that building Take a look at how the picture is improved when the building is removed You can remove the unwanted object or person using Inpaint Inpaint reconstructs the selected image area from the pixel near the area boundary Inpaint may be used to remove undesirable objects from still images Delete any unwanted object from your photo such as logo watermark extra power line people text The program will automatically inpaint the selected area to erase it If some unexpected object spoils an otherwise good photograph Inpaint may be used to remove it Simply select the object No need for fiddly messing about with the clone tool MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 10
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  InPaint InPaint is a great program for getting rid of obje...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL It is alarmingly simple to use Draw a selection around the object you wish to remove from the picture and run smart remove selection Inpaint will fill the selection area with intelligently generated texture drawn from the surrounding image data The Givemehelp com Experience with InPaint I ve just discovered this program in an attempt to find a solution to removing complex backgrounds It works pretty well but takes some practice and patience For instance here is an example I tried I wanted to remove the plant from the photo as it detracts from the professionalism of the laminator Original After applying InPaint The total time spent on this was about 5 minutes It s not perfect but very good considering Well worth the 39 for the product It s a stand alone program for now but soon to be a Photoshop plugin Background Remover Now we want to do the opposite of the above We want to remove the background and isolate an object from a complex photo Background Remover is a Photoshop compatible plug in for Windows designed by ImageSkill Software that can work with Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop Elements Corel Paint Shop Pro Macromedia Fireworks etc The main purpose of the Background Remover is to extract some part of an image i e the object and remove part that which is unwanted i e the background It is capable of determining areas of pixels to be modified areas of pixels to be partly modified and areas of pixels to MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 11
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL It is alarmingly simple to use. Draw a selection around the...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL remain unmodified The partly modification means the restoration of the non distinct edges of objects It is done by reinstating their partly transparent nature and also by subtracting the background color so that only the object color is left in these partly transparent regions This ensures that the cut out object will blend or composite correctly with a different background The cutting objects may be used for collage scrap book and greeting card creation The Givemehelp com Experience with Background Remover Using the previous example now we want to remove the laminator from the complex background We can get pretty close using this great program then finish up with simple tools from design software like Photoshop etc Original Background Removed Using Background Remover 1 minute of time spent After playing with the eraser and then adding a gradient in Photoshop I was able to isolate the image I wanted in about 10 minutes I am sure you Photoshop pros can do better but for the rest of the world this is not bad Background Remover 3 0 us great For the small fee of just 49 it s well worth the purchase MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 12
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL remain unmodified. The partly modification means the restor...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL SmartCurve With SmartCurve you can easily apply and change curves in an image either by using on the spot settings or by loading a curve file SmartCurve allows you to choose between color spaces RGB HSL LAB and others and modify each channel Red Green Blue Luminosity Saturation etc Features Curves adjustment of RGB and gray images Full support of 8 and 16 bits color depth Use of the more common gamma correction Smart display of the live histogram Auto level correction by setting of shadows and highlights Remove of color casts by setting of multiple midtones Highlighting of clipped colors Different color spaces like RGB CMK Lab and others Channel masks to limit curve effects Works as smart filter in PhotoShop Pixel and percentage curve editing and view Quick select for applying frequently used curves The Givemehelp com Experience with Smartcurves Okay the author s description above make little sense to most but here s the bottom line Photoshop users have access to a couple of ways to alter images when they are not right such as Curves and Levels FlexiSIGN users do not have such a feature but by adding this FREE plugin they can now have this feature Why add this Well it s FREE AND it works great to get better color images from poor quality images I ve used this for years and it works great Below I have a real image that was shot of my son playing basketball The lighting was wrong the digital camera was cheap and it was quick MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 13
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  SmartCurve With SmartCurve, you can easily apply and chang...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL I wanted to print this image larger but man I didn t realize it was such a bad photo SmartCurve to the rescue Just used the eyedroppers to define the white black and gray points of the image and BAM Original Digital Camera Image Cleaned Image After Applying SmartCurve Original Image Image Enhanced with SmartCurve Richer Colors I ve even enhanced good images even further with this plugin The image of the Parrots above was probably fine but using SmartCurve I was able to enrich the colors As a FREE plugin why wouldn t you download this one Whatthefont com Seen a font in use and want to know what it is Submit an image to WhatTheFont com to find the closest matches in our database Or let cloak draped font enthusiasts lend a hand in the WhatTheFont Forum MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 14
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL I wanted to print this image larger, but, man, I didn   t r...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL These are ideal scanned images for WhatTheFont The characters are about 100 pixels in height and the baseline is horizontal Click on an image to automatically upload it to WhatTheFont Look at each image below and make sure the text box agrees with the character highlighted in the image Leave character boxes blank if no valid character is highlighted As you can see the online system can identify the fonts pretty well The Givemehelp com Experience with Whatthefont com We ve used this system rather regularly and found it does a decent job of finding fonts But there are occasions where the font is very difficult to identify so we have taken advantage of the whatthefont forum where you can upload a font and have experts from around the world attempt to identify it Interestingly I thought this might take some hours but most times it s just a few minutes This is well worth the time and it s FREE MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 15
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL These are ideal scanned images for WhatTheFont. The charact...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL EyeCandy 7 Even Easier The makers completely rewrote the Eye Candy user interface to make it easier to explore The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing Eye Candy 7 is now a single entry in Photoshop s filter menu That means that you can explore all of the effects without leaving the Eye Candy window Instead of choosing an effect category by reading a text list you ll see icons that show typical uses of each effect Once you choose an effect you can explore presets fast using the navigator which is a small preview that instantly updates You don t even have to click Just mouse over preset names and the navigator shows how the effect will look in your design In the screenshot below you can see the navigator in the lower left Click the image to see more detail In the preference panel you can choose how the effect is rendered in a new layer If you prefer the Eye Candy 5 approach you can have the new layer include just the effect and not a copy of your original artwork MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 16
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  EyeCandy 7 Even Easier The makers completely rewrote the E...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Many Eye Candy effects use transparency so we moved the transparency display control out of the preference panel and put it under the main preview This lets you quickly switch the background between checkerboard black white or a custom solid color New Effects By popular demand we rescued the best effects from our discontinued Xenofex product Lightning Electrify seen above and Clouds We rewrote them for our new Eye Candy 7 framework which provides faster previewing better preset management and easier experimentation Xenofex owners can get Eye Candy at the upgrade price of 99 In our store you can use a Xenofex license code to purchase the upgrade If you can t find your 12 letter license code then use our license code recovery page or contact tech support so we can look you up What s Already Great Realistic Effects Realism sets Eye Candy effects apart from the generic filters built into Photoshop Effects like Animal Fur Smoke and Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs turbulent wisps and shiny scales Eye Candy helps designs look natural and organic Zillions of Effects Eye Candy has grown over 19 years to handle a huge range of graphic design tasks from subtle extruded edges to glitzy chrome There are 32 effect categories over 1000 presets and controls to let you create an unlimited number of your own styles Take a look at our examples for just a sample of what Eye Candy can do Adaptation Eye Candy scales effects to match the size of your current artwork That makes it less likely that you will have to tweak a preset to make it look good Non Destructive Editing Effects are drawn into a new layer leaving your original artwork untouched Eye Candy can also work as a Smart Filter which lets you modify or remove the effect later You can save presets to consistently recreate your favorite looks Professional Features Eye Candy can handle images in CMYK mode and 16 bits channel which are needed for professional print work MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 17
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Many Eye Candy effects use transparency, so we moved the tr...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL The Givemehelp com Experience with EyeCandy 7 I ve used this for years and it works well in Photoshop SignLAB or FlexiSIGN It s a bit pricey at 129 but well worth the price once you begin designing In fact I ve charged more for designs using the special effects like bevels and soft shadow Which of the images below would you rather buy and how much would you pay We did these for a Mexican Food restaurant in my home town and up charged for the cool one Original Logo MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM Logo Enhanced with EyeCandy 18
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  The Givemehelp.com Experience with EyeCandy 7 I   ve used ...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL TuneUp Utilities 2014 Whether you are working or gaming TuneUp Utilities will increase the performance of your PC Programs that are used infrequently are identified startup processes are shortened and unwanted useless files are eliminated Performance is increased for trouble free working on your PC Turbo Mode Concentrates the entire performance of the PC on active programs Temporarily turns off unnecessary programs specified by the user Provides a smoother working or gaming experience Configure Live Optimization Automatically optimizes resource usage Increases program response times Accelerates program startups Free Up Disk Space Finds additional disk space Identify and remove junk files Deletes temporary and unnecessary files Configure System Startup Improves PC startup times Turns off unneeded startup programs Offers straight forward recommendations for startup improvements MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 19
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  TuneUp Utilities 2014 Whether you are working or gaming, T...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Display and Uninstall Programs Identifies all programs installed on your PC Helps to search for programs no longer used Simplifies the uninstall process The Givemehelp com Experience with TuneUp Utilities Why put this program in my top 10 Well if the computer doesn t run well then neither will the software that s on it I use this software regularly to clean up the stuff that slows down windows It s a full suite of software that will make a big difference in the performance of your computer At only 49 it s a steal and a MUST FotoSketcher FotoSketcher is a 100 free program which can help you convert your digital photos into art automatically If you want to turn a portrait the photograph of your house or a beautiful landscape into a painting a sketch or a drawing then look no further FotoSketcher will do the job in just a few seconds Thanks to FotoSketcher you can create stunning images to make original gifts for your friends or relatives Create birthday cards season s greetings stationery or simply print your work of art and hang it on the wall Different styles are available pencil sketch pen and ink drawing various painting renderings You can also improve your original photo with simple tools enhance contrast sharpen simplify image increase luminosity color saturation etc FotoSketcher is completely free and does not contain any adware spyware or virus It runs on any version of Microsoft Windows sorry no Mac version available MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 20
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  Display and Uninstall Programs              Identifies all...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL The Givemehelp com Experience with FotoSketcher I ve found this FREE program to be the easiest way to create some art from a photo Think of expanding your market to the travel agencies near you Tell them to offer a new service to their customers Have their customers bring in their most memorable photo and you can turn it into a painting The screen shot above shows a quick rendering of an image using the watercolor filter with a strong texture on top to give it a canvas look It took all of 1 minute to get this result In the above image I took a prom picture and used the pastel filter to make a painted look Print this on canvas frame it and it s a memory made to last MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 21
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  The Givemehelp.com Experience with FotoSketcher I   ve fou...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL BONUS Stardock Fences My desktop gets cluttered with all kinds of icons and I take lots of time just trying to find them Well the wait is over try fences by Startdock You can get it free or order the full product for some extra features but this cleaned up my desktop and organized it for me in seconds What is Fences Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop It can hide icons when they are not in use as well as make it easy to place icons into moveable groups called fences What makes it so popular Fences is the world s most popular desktop enhancement for Windows What makes it so compelling is that what it does is so obviously useful and necessary that it is amazing that no one has thought of it before Organize NEW Use your desktop to organize all of your stuff You can have pages of fences on your desktop To flip a page just take your mouse cursor to the edge of your screen and click and drag Then a new page of fences can be displayed This feature makes it easy to use your desktop to organize all of your programs documents websites and more Keep your desktop clean Double click any blank space on your desktop and your icons will fade out Double click again and they will return You can even pick icons and individual fences to exclude Rope off your desktop Fences allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop that you can place icons into called fences You can label them however you wish and move or resize them anywhere on the desktop MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 22
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  BONUS  Stardock Fences My desktop gets cluttered with all ...
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL Conclusion I think you can see that we have 10 programs here that any sign hop MUST have to make life easier as well as add a wider range of offerings to their customer base If you should require more information about any of these programs or if you want to order them through my company please feel free to contact me Mark A Rugen Givemehelp com 205 239 4357 mrugen givemehelp com Finally as I stated at the beginning of this seminar Okay in case you don t like to read here s a summary of the top 10 software programs I can recommending in this seminar 1 PhotoZoom Pro 5 http www benvista com 2 VectorMagic http vectormagic com 3 Filter Forge Filter Forge Web Site 4 InPaint http www teorex com inpaint html 5 Background Remover www backgroundremover com 6 SmartCurve www easy filter com 7 WhattheFont www whatthefont com 8 EyeCandy 7 www alienskin com 9 TuneUp Utilities www tune up com 10 FotoSketcher www fotosketcher com 11 BONUS Fences www stardock com products fences These programs are so useful I could not live without them Every time my computer crashes I am sure to reload these programs as they have saved me time and effort and have always made me money MARK RUGEN WWW GIVEMEHELP COM 23
10 MUST HAVE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS FOR EVERY GRAPHICS PROFESSIONAL  Conclusion I think you can see that we have 10 programs he...

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