Images with Impact
Author: Denise L. Jesus
Date: October, 1993
Keywords: software review clip art graphics 3G Graphics
Text: I have to admit that I'm a clip art aficionado. I love the stuff. My affection springs from the fact that I've been lucky enough to get my hands on some top-of-the-line clip art. Among my treasures are 3G Graphics' Images With Impact!* Accents & Borders* 1 & 2, and now 3G Graphics' latest product, Images With Impact!* Places & Faces* 1. 3G Graphics takes clip art beyond cut and paste illustration to high quality art and design elements. Images With Impact!* Places & Faces* 1 contains over 170 multi-cultural images that are designed for use in projects related to recreation, travel, ecology, human services, community events and more. But what you get, if you own a compatible draw program, is not only a collection of high quality art, but images that can be ungrouped, modified, colored, and combined to create a wealth of new images. The User's Guide that accompanies the software is a mini design course in itself. It provides excellent examples and step-by-step instructions useful for both novice and expert alike. Color, gray scale, and black & white images are presented in EPS format. EPS, Encapsulated Postscript, is a mini program for each image that allows you to resize the image from tiny business card size up to jumbo poster size without any loss of clarity, in much the same way that you use Postscript fonts. The EPS format, along with the ability to modify the images, provides the user with the flexibility to create unlimited graphic possibilities.
The images are organized by five topics: Borders, Recreation, Expressions, Travel, and Environments. Borders contains 22 excellent borders including silhouettes such as ''World'', which depicts a stylized skyline of famous landmarks, and ''HoldHand'', a colorful border of hand holding people in international costume. Recreation contains 19 bold black & white graphics representing popular recreational sports and activities. Expressions contains 18 close-up gray scale portraits of individuals of every age, race, and culture, representing a wide range of emotions. Travel contains 15 colorful illustrations of popular world travel destinations. Environments contains 20 full-color scenes of the earth's environment that are so stunningly beautiful that they definitely qualify as art. The color images also print with excellent contrast in gray scale. Images With Impact!* Places & Faces* 1 comes on four 800K disks and includes a User's Guide, a Pictorial Index, and a QuickStart Reference Card. To install the images on your hard drive you create a new folder and drag the contents of each disk to the new folder (including DDMiniExpand*, which expands the images for use when you double-click on specific files). To import the images you must have a compatible layout/word processor or presentation program, compatible programs are: Aldus PageMaker*, Aldus* Personal Press, Aldus Persuasion*, Avery* MacLabelPro*, ClarisWorks*, DeltaGraph* & DeltaGraphPro*, Design Studio*, FRAME Technology* FrameMaker*, Microsoft* Word (ver. 5.0+), Microsoft* PowerPoint*, QuarkXPress*, Ready Set Go!*, Timeworks* Publish It!* & Publish It Easy*, Ventura Publisher*, or WordPerfect* (ver. 2.0+). To print with most applications you'll need a PostScript compatible printer. To open and edit the images you must have a compatible draw program, compatible programs are: Adobe Illustrator*, Aldus Freehand* (ver. 2.0+), Canvas* (ver. 3.0+), or ColorStudio* and Shapes. You may also use Adobe PhotoShop* (ver. 2.0+) to edit pixel-by-pixel, vector information is not retained; And MacDraw* Pro for placement only, images cannot be edited. If you want to turn out an elegant newsletter, promotion, or presentation you need Images With Impact!* Places & Faces* 1! Besides, if you're like me, you've just gotta have it. Remember, art is food for the soul! Retails at $129.95 (limited time in-house offer $90.95), Mail Order $64.98 (MacZone) ...And when you mail in your registration card, 3G Graphics will send you a free bonus disk with six additional travel images. : ) Images With Impact!* Places & Faces* 1 is available from: 3G Graphics, 114 Second Ave. South, Suite 104 Edmonds, WA 98020 (209) 774-3518
Copyright © october, 1993 by Denise L. Jesus