GCode Photo Wizard Software Version 1
Laser Engraving Photos with GCode is Now Easy!
GCode Photo Wizard

GCode Photo Wizard is powerful software for creating images ready for Laser Photo Engraving on low cost Diode Lasers. The software can output directly to any laser that runs a GBRL controler or any controler that supports GCode. The system offers extensive controls to convert photos to grayscale black and white images. It then can use one of three effects to create pure black and white images for the laser.

GCode Photo Wizard is intended for any one that wants to create high quality laser ready images.
This version 4 conversion systems, overlays and simple text, Editor, Special Effects and Extensive Text and Image control. It also has the new box generator.

We recommend you try the FREE DEMO to convince yourself that GCode Photo Wizard truly is fun to use and creates amazing output.

GCode Photo Wizards sells for only $49.95 .   

 Have Fun, Make Money with GCode Photo Wizard

  • Fun for your family: Put their images on wood or leather.
  • Create Plaques: Take your favored bible verse or saying and combine it with an image to create Plaques to give as gifts or sell. .
  • Another Way to Showcase your Photography: Now days everyone has a cell phone camera so it is hard to impress people with just a photo. Laser Engrave that photo and suddenly you have a unique offering
  • Enhance Woodworking Projects: Add a strip of flowers or a design to the edge of your next wooden box

The uses for this program are limited only by your imagination.


 Why Buy GCode Photo Wizard?
  • Intuitive Interface easily get results fast
  • Supports 4 Conversion Effects
  • Can use any jpeg as a source photo
  • Built in Box Generator
  • Can create custom output sizes and resolution
  • The Overlay feature lets you create elaborate frames
  • Constantly under development with free updates to purchased version
  • Four preview Modes
  • The Pro Version offers built in printing
  • Brightness, color, and rotation adjustments are available
  • The built in Editor lets you fix your images on the spot!
  • Extensive labeling is now part of the Pro Version

  Simple User Interface

GCode Photo Wizard offers a simple, intuitive user interface that makes it easy to learn, easy to use, and fun for all ages and skill levels.
The GCode Photo Wizard Graphical User Interface Laser Engraving home screen It does not matter how powerful a software product is if the interface is so hard to use that the average person cannot easily and quickly get results. The Wizard uses icons, sliders and buttons combined into a simple workflow. At its most basic simply click Load Image to choose you image and then choose your effect with the touch of a radio button. Need to make changes? Click on the Adjustments Icon to do color matching , scale or rotate the image settings. Want some text or an overlay then select the Effects Icon.

Smart Contrast

The problem with laser photo engraving is that most photos are of such low contrast that they do not engrave well. Colby dithering helps to fix that. Colby Sketch does fix it but the results do not always look photo realistic. Smart contrast looks at edges and surrounding areas to compute contrast. This technique has 2 part level and radius. The level setting determines how strong the effect, the radius setting will determine how wide an area is considered for the background. You can set these factors with sliders in advanced settings or you can simply use the radio buttons to set the sliders for you.

Radio Buttons (the defult)

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Sliders (Advanced)

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Very Strong
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Laser Engraving Conversion Effects

We feel that the most important thing in a Laser Engraving software package is the conversion effects engine. It is not an easy task to convert an image to a series of black and white pixels. The sketch software uses a proprietary method for creating a effect that shows edges but still retains dark areas. The Floyd Steinberg is a industry standard for dithering while the Colby method was developed to enhance the contrast of laser engraved images. We do not need to argue which is the best approach we make it easy for you to try all three.

Press here to try the free demo: FREE DEMO

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  Sketch Effect
Sketch will attempt to look at edges and create a solid sketch of the image. This is very helpful because it is not only artistic, but lower cost lasers that do not control their power and position as well still can do a nice rendering on most materials. laser engraving software
 Floyd-Steinberg Dithering
Floyd-Steinberg is a dithering algorithm. Dithering is converting a grayscale image to black and white no gray, such that the density of black dots in the new image approximates the average grey level in the original.

If you look at a close up of this method you can see how smooth the output is. The problem is that fine details are lost.
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 Colby Dithering Effect
The Colby dithering algorithm was developed for this product by the author, Ken Colby. Like Floyd-Steinberg it tries to make the density of black dots in the new image approximate the average grey level in the original. Unlike Floyd-Steinberg it considers the original image and tries to arrange the dots so that they tend to appear near the darker areas. This creates a image with higher contrast but it is less smooth then the Floyd-Steinberg. It should always be used if you are outputting landscapes or products but with people it is personal choice.
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 Colby-Sketch Effect
This method, that works well with wood, increases the contrast of the engraved image buy dithering and also considering the edges of the photo. laser engraving software laser engraving software
 Display Modes
The display modes help you see how the output image will look when engraved. These setting do not affect the output only how it is shown on the screen. The software offers 4 display modes:

Dots Mode
This mode shows the actual pixel of the image that is closest to the display pixel. The problem is that the output pixels do not match the display pixels so you get what looks like a mess of dots.

You can zoom in on the image and the dots will make more sense.
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Gray Mode
With Gray mode the display pixel is the sum of the nearby output pixels. This makes the image look closer to the final output image.
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Photo Mode
This is the same a gray mode but the white background is replaced with an image. You can select your background image in the settings area.
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Photo Mode Inverted
This inverts the gray mode and is used to show how something might look on a dark background like granite. To use this make sure you pick a dark background photo.
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Of course if you are going to output a photo on a dark substance you should use one with a dark background. See the Support section on how to use Green Screen Wizard to do this.
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GCode Photo Wizard Features

The Pro version has the all the features of the Full system including 3 conversion systems, overlays and simple text but adds the Editor, Special Effects and Extensive Text and Image control.

 Compare Images
With only a simple file open it is difficult to find a photo to process. Many photographers used a separate program to review the images and then used the Wizard to process the selected image. This will no longer be necessary with the Compare Image feature. This feature will create large thumbnail images for you to look at. You can drag any image to one of 4 review windows so that you can compare even larger images. You can double click on the thumbnail or the image in the compare window and it will be loaded as the image to process. This features takes a few minutes to create the thumbnails but it is worth the wait. laser engraving software

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 Airbrush Editor
The Pro Studio Version of GCode Photo Wizard has a custom version of Green Screen Wizards Airbrush Editor that makes it easy to edit black and white photos. It works best cleaning up sketch mode photos. The dithered photos are difficult to edit because the pattern of dots is easily disturbed. You can use the copy mode for these images and you can clear a background for text for dithered images.
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 Box Generator
Create any kind of box or tray using our powerful Box Generator. These boxes make great gifts when the box is personalized with a photo or text.
Click here for more information about the Box Generator.
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 Special Effects

Skin Smoothing
In Green Screen Wizard Skin Smoothing helps to remove blemishes and wrinkels and give the skin a glow. What skin smoothing adds in the GCode Photo Wizard is the ability to apply white makeup that makes faces lighter for a more pleasant output.
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Photo editor

Adding Frames
The GCode Photo Wizard has an powerful framing system. It lets you apply an inner frame and an outer frame. If the outer frame is white then it can make the image look like it is floating. You can choose Square , Oval, Heart or Jagged Frames. The frame can be solid or you can load an image. The frames are added before the effect so that they will be dithered or sketched depending on the effect selected.

In version 4 you can now use the framing system to vector cut the output. This makes it very easy to create plaques on thin materials.

Sample that uses frame to cut output.
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Lighting Effects
Lighting Effects let you emphasize areas of the photo, or create side lighting. The example shows first the girl with no lighting then the butterfly lightened by the circle lighting effect. The second photo shows sheet lighting, used best on close up portraits
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Connecting Grid
Often you would like to output letter and images that are not connected. The connection grid option makes it easy to do this. It is great for creating paper greeting cards or window art..

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 Add Unlimited Text or Images
The Pro version gives you full flexibility to add annotation or images to your output. With the image feature add logos, banners, or transparent png file.
 Color and Exposure Control
The Wizard gives your control of brightness, contrast and saturation as well as independent control of the red ,green and blue balance. You can use these controls to correct poorly exposed images or images with bad color balance. They can also be use to fine tune the black and white conversion. laser engraving software laser engraving software
 Scale, Placement and Rotate
It is important to fit the foreground to the background. The Wizard give you control of the scale, placement and rotation of the images. laser engraving software laser engraving software
Overlays are png files with a transparent section. They can be used to create elaborate frames for your work as well as add text to the image. Often the image has to be moved and scaled to fit it the opening. You can create your own overlays with Photoshop. laser engraving software laser engraving software
 Simple Labels
In the full version you can put 2 labels at 9 preselected positions. The labels can be Xlarge, Large, Med, or Small. You can have them in white or black in the Times Roman, Arial or Cursive font. laser engraving software laser engraving software
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