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

This Laser Engraving Software prepares your photos with the click of a button for laser engraving on any device that supports GCode.

Actual Output on 20w GCode BX20 Laser
Laser Engraving Photo Boy

An example with text
Laser Engraving Photo Boy

Engraving Photos on GCode Lasers

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There is an explosion of low cost diode laser engravers. Using controllers that can run the GBRL control software these devices make laser engraving affordable to every crafter and hobbyist. While Green Screen Wizard has supported high end lasers costing thousands of dollars for years with its popular Laser Photo Wizard software, the company has decided to take the code base and removed support for high end lasers and added support for GBRL lasers that support GCode.

We call the product GCode Laser Wizard and are selling it for only $49.95 to make it cost effective for the hobby laser market.

GCode Laser Wizard supports the improved Colby dithering algorithm that uses the artificial intelligence technique, simulated annealing. This new algorithm, Colby Annealing, not only gives great results, it also provides the ability to compensate for dot overlap that causes distortion in diode lasers. For materials that burn too easily we provide a unique sketch conversion mode that can give good results on almost any material and output level making it very easy to use. The product also supports adding fonts, images and overlay. The box generator will let you easily create boxes with the higher powered lasers.

Looking for high end laser support?
If you are looking to support the more powerful CO2 lasers then check out:
Laser Photo Wizard

Features of the Product
  o Sketch Mode
  o Floyd Stenberg Dithering
  o Colby Annealing
  o Combined Colby and Sketch
  o An advanced contrast enhancement system
  o Text
  o Imported images that can be vectorized
  o Overlays
  o Frames for decoration and cutting
  o Outputs GCode to File or USB connection


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

GCode Photo Wizards sells for only $49.95 .   




Here is a video of how to use the more expensive Laser Photo Wizard. This product is the same as the GCode Photo Wizard except for the output drivers. An improved video showing the Gcode photo wizard will be comming soon.
* Note: Diode lasers cannot cut clear plexiglass.




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)

Laser Engraving Control
Sliders (Advanced)

Laser Engraving Control

No Contrast
Laser Engraving Control

Mild
Laser Engraving Control

Strong
Laser Engraving Control
Very Strong
Laser Engraving Control

GCode Photo Wizard Software Output Methods


Edge Sketching

The 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 Photo

There are sliders that let you control the thickness of the edge and what is white and black.

Sample Sketch Output on 15w Diode Laser
Laser Engraving Photo

Dithering

Floyd-Steinberg Dithering

Floyd-Steinberg is a dithering algorithm. Dithering is converting a grayscale image to black and white, such that the density of black dots in the new image approximates the average grey level in the original.
Laser Engraving Photo

As you can see this does not look very good. That is because the displays output pixels do not match the converted image.
We can use the preview mode that takes the pure black and white for the laser output and shows you how it might look on the final output.
You can also show how it might look on the material like wood. The software will let you change this background image. This is not a perfect representation but it gives you a good idea of what the final product might look like.
The preview mode does not change the output image only what is shown on the screen.
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Colby Annealing Dithering

The Colby Annealing 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 uses a software technique called Simulated Annealing that tries to arrange the black 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. Because it is using Annealing the software can be told to reduce the number of black dots, this will cause the dots to spread out and help mitigate the effects of dot overlap.

The following output images show the Colby algorithm output but because of the small size of the images the differences from the Floyd-Steinberg are subtle. The gray image is attempting to deal with overlay so the dots are spread out.

Laser Engraving Photo
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Colby-Sketch

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 Photo
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Adding Text
The system has an advanced text feature that lets you place text of any color and font anyplace on the output. Text can be output as bitmap text or vector text.

Actual output with text:
Laser Engraving Photo




GCode Photo Wizard Software

GCode Photo Wizard Pro

o The Full Version supports all 3 conversion methods Sketch, Floyd-Steinberg Dithering and Colby.
o Vector Cutouts
o Dialogs for Color Balance, Rotation and Scaling are provided.
o With the Full version you can add simple labels.
o Overlays, png files with transparent area can be use to frame the image.
o The Pro System has a robust system for adding text and additional images to your project.
o Skin Smoothing software make for better portrait output.
o Square, oval, and heart shaped frames can be added
o Lighting effects can be used the enhance the image
o A built in editor will let you clean up images especially in sketch mode.


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GCode Photo Wizards sells for only $49.95 .
  

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