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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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