marți, 29 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: Ashampoo Home Designer Pro 3

Ashampoo Home Designer Pro 3
Ashampoo Home Designer 3 helps you build the outside and inside of your dream house. Smart wizards will guide you from start to finish and help you produce either rough drafts or detailed construction plans. Bring your ideas to life with Ashampoo Home Designer Pro 3.

Home Designer Pro - benefits at a glance:

  • 3 design views: 2D, 3D, cross-section
  • Data input aids for maximum precision
  • Extensive object library
  • Area, length and volume calculations
  • Keyboard shortcuts for frequently used features
  • Native 64-bit support - more speed, more stability

Ashampoo Home Designer Pro 3

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luni, 28 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: Tipard Video Converter 8

Tipard Video Converter 8
Tipard Video Converter is a professional video converting piece of software which can help you convert video to any 4K UHD/HD/SD format with high quality and speed. It supports all frequently-used video/audio formats like MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, MKV, VOB, WMV, MTV, 3GP, MTS, M2TS, MPG, MP3, AAC, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, etc. With this powerful video converter, you can easily get your video/audio in the desired format within just a few clicks. Moreover, it is equipped with multiple functions for you to edit video and adjust output effects. You can use it to convert a common 2D video to a fantastic 3D movie, crop/clip/merge/rotate video, enhance video quality, adjust video effect like brightness/contrast/saturation/hue and more.

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miercuri, 23 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: Smart Defrag 5

IoBit Smart Defrag 5
Smart Defrag is a safe, stable and easy-to-use disk defragmenter that provides maximum hard disk performance automatically and intelligently. With the new generation of ultra-fast defrag engine, Smart Defrag 5 can not only defragment users' HDD but also trim SSD to accelerate disk read/write speed and enhance disk durability. Users can easily defrag large files and consolidate free spaces with the newly added Large File Defrag and Free Space Defrag for more efficient defragmentation. You can also enjoy the best game experience with Game Optimize in Smart Defrag 5.

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miercuri, 16 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: PHOTO WORKS projects 3 photo editor

PHOTO WORKS projects 3 photo editor
PHOTO WORKS projects 3 automatically edits photos by combining an analysis of colour, brightness and contrast information. Flat shadows disappear with each click, and colours and contrasts become more intensely defined. The software simultaneously offers advanced options as well as creative editing with an expert mode for ambitious photographers. Photo editing professionals can freely and individually customize the following setting details to their subject: denoise, sharpness, contrast, brightness and shadow optimization, gamma and colour settings, filters, emulations, etc.

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1 Photo, Over 100 Different Looks Photo editing is so yesterday! Get the ideal settings immediately with just one click. With PHOTO WORKS projects 3, you can finally have fun with photography again! The 107 filter presets instantly show you what possibilities your image holds. The professional combination of effects and colour filters turn your normal images into works of art. In expert mode, you are at the helm. PHOTO WORKS projects 3 directly edits RAW files and offers beginners along with experts ideal image optimizing tools.

In the graphic design world, working with Adobe® Photoshop is now considered to be basic. I can totally understand sometimes getting overwhelmed with the many functions of this powerful program, especially when it is “only” for editing photos. PHOTO WORKS projects 3 offers me numerous presets right away, that I can customize as required: contrast, brightness, sharpness, colour… A picture is already finished before I needed to think about the result I wanted, all simple and fast without layers and masks. Whoever wants to optimize photos efficiently and truly professionally is right on with PHOTO WORKS projects 3!

A List of all supported Camera Formats can be found using the following link:
For Photo Editing Experts: RAW Module And Selective Editing Colour isn’t the only thing that can be improved. Individual details can be selected and emphasized with masking to direct the viewer’s attention. PHOTO WORKS projects 3 supports popular image formats including RAW files, and nearly all camera and smartphone manufacturer formats. With 107 presets and more than 109 effects, you have access to high-end retouching, colour correction and creative editing for your photos.


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marți, 8 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: Bolide Movie Creator 3

Bolide Movie Creator 3
Do you own a video camera? If so, then you probably have all sorts of uncut videos gathering dust on your hard drive. In our mind's eye, we envision someday taking all those video clips and fine tuning them into something cool; we never get around to it though. There are lots of reasons this might happen, but one of the biggest is not know how to edit video. Let's face it; the idea of video editing can be intimidating to anyone that's never tried it. Mainly because fancy, expensive video editing software takes a long time to master. The very thought of polishing old videos then becomes a question of "do I want to spend months learning how to do this? There must be a better way ... "

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vineri, 4 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: PT Photo Editor Pro 3.7

PT Photo Editor Pro 3.7
PT Photo Editor is an efficient application designed to edit photos like a professional in an easier and faster way. You can easily correct color cast and exposure problem, remove imperfections, do quick selective editing and much more.

Key Features:
  • Easy to use editing tools such as blemish removal, red-eye correction, clone and heal tool;
  • Pro-quality adjustments: white balance, exposure, contrast, clarity, auto-levels, hsl, noise reduction and more;
  • One click effect presets;
  • Easy and smart selective editing way;
  • Supports quick batch processing;
  • Full-time 16-bit processing and full color managed;
  • Lightweight.

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miercuri, 2 noiembrie 2016

Giveaway: PhotoScissors 3 - Photo Editor

PhotoScissors saves the day when you quickly need to cut out a person or an object to paste it to another picture, or to remove background from a photo. You don't need any specific skills or professional software for a perfect image clip: few mouse strokes produce an accurate clipping path that can be further enhanced with fine brushes.

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Removing Image Backgrounds - GIMP Fuzzy Select

This tutorial will take you through the process of removing image backgrounds step-by-step using the freely available Gimp software.

Step 1 - Select the Image Background

Using the Fuzzy Select Tool select the part of the image that you wish to remove. The aim is to end up with an image which resembles the one below.  You should have the "marching ants" around the area of the image that you wish to keep.


Fuzzy Select Tool


Background Selected

  1. Select a large even couloured area in the background to start with.
  2. Add to the background by clicking on other parts of the background.  Be sure to change the Fuzzy Select Mode to "Add to the Current Selection"  this can be done from the tool options or by holding down the Shift key.
  3. Once you have selected the bulk of the image background you may you will need to zoom in to finish it off properly.  I find that zooming to 400% works well.
  4. You will most likely need to adjust the threshold as you go to make the selection more or less sensitive.
  5. You may find that you have selected some areas that shouldn't be.  This is easily fixed by changing the Fuzzy Select Mode to "Subtract from the Current Selection".  This can be done from the tool options or by holding down the Ctrl key.


Image Zoomed to 400%

 This is what you are trying to achieve around the entire outline of the portion of the image that you wish to keep.

Step 2 - Add Transparency to the Image

Add transparency to the image by using Layer > Transparency >Add Alpha Channel.  This makes it easy to add another background layer or paste your selection into another image.


Add Alpha Channel

Step 3 - Delete the Background

Press the Delete key to remove the selected background.  You should be left with your selection on a checked or transparent background.

Background Deleted

 If you were to save the image at this point you would have an image without the background but with jagged edges.


Background Removed and Jagged Edges

Step 4 - Smooth the Edges

Grow the Selection

Grow the slection by 2-3 pixels

Apply a Gaussian Blur to your Selection

This is done from Filters > Blur > Guassian Blur

Antialiased Edges After Applying Guassian Blur

Step 5 - Save the Image

If you are saving th eimage as a JPG (which you probably would be for display on a website) you will need to select Export when prompted as JPG files don't support transparency.  The transparent part of the image will be filled with white.

Final Image - Background Removed and Smooth Edges

Tutorial from GimpTips