3D Photo Manipulation Tutorial

3D Photo Manipulation images look amazing and very hard to make. This is not the case using Smart Photo Editor.


The First thing to do is open your background image in Smart Photo Editor.


Click the Composition button on the right hand side.

On the left hand side click the New button next to Overlay. Chose your  select your second image.


On the left hand side click the Move, Resize and Scale button.


Resize your image and move over to where you want it, reducing the Opacity helps to place the image exactly where you want it.

Once placed, click on the Select Area button.


Click the Lasso tab and go around where you want the image to appear from.


Once you have gone around your image, two rows of lines will appear, move them so they line up to where you want them.


Once done click on the Edge Finder tab.


Click Erase From Selection, and click to Find Hard Edge.


Start to delete the unwanted parts, using the fill buckets can save a lot of time.


Zooming in as you go around can help to get the results more exact.


Now up the Opacity to full and click the Add to Selection button.


Now go around adding back the rest of your image, don’t worry if you go too far over just make sure you get everything you needed added back.


Now click the Erase From Selection button and erase the last few bits.


Now all that is left to do is save your image, unless you want to crop your image down, the Crop button is on the left hand side.

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Drones and Post Processing Your Images


Drones can help you to capture images you wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

A few tips when first trying out your drone:

  • Don’t try and fly too high or for too long, start off slow and learn how to control it before taking it up high
  • Just like when using your camera try to shot with the sun behind you, not in-front
  • Don’t fly when it’s windy
  • Some places do ban drones so make sure you check before lift off

Post processing these photos with Smart Photo Editor couldn’t be easier.

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Before (left) and After (right), click image to see bigger.


Open your image up in Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-3

The first step is the straighten your image.

Click the Straighten button on the right hand side.

Adjust the horizontal line so that it is straight and click Apply.

Now click the Effects Gallery button (at the top of the right hand side).

Type HDR into the search bar, this is a quicker way to find the effects that you are looking for.

The effect I picked is called Hdri.Untitled-7

Click on your chosen effect and you will get the screen above. Adjust the Master Slider to what looks best for your image. Then click OK.Untitled-8

Repeat the above step except this time search contrast in the search bar.

The effect I chose is called Contrast.Untitled-9

Once again repeat the above but search for sharpen, the effect I used is called Subtle Sharpen.

Remember you can adjust your sliders so the effect is just how you want it.Untitled-10

Now all that is left to do is save your image.


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Smart Photo Editor Tutorial: Drip Paint Buildings

For this tutorial you will need two images, the first of the building and the second of some dripping paint.


The first thing to do is to open your image of the building in Smart Photo Editor.

On the right hand side click the button Composition.


Now on the left there is Overlay at the top and underlay near the bottom, click the New button next to Overlay and open up your paint dripping image.

Resize and move your image to where you want it (click on the Move Resize and Scale button on the left).

Once in place click the Select Area button then Erase From Selection button.

Now go carefully around your paint removing all areas that need removing. It is a good idea to be zoomed in when doing this.

Also reducing the Opacity is good to see exactly where needs removing.



The last step I have done is to add an effect to the whole image.

Click the Effects Gallery button on the top right hand side, you can narrow down your search by the options on the left.


The effect I chose was called Glossy Cover.

This is the end result,to try out for yourself download a free trial now.

How to Remove the Background

Removing the background with Smart Photo Editor takes just seconds.


Open your image into Smart Photo Editor, click Select Area button on the right hand side of the screen.


Click Background.


Go around your object, making sure not to leave any gaps and click the bucket to fill in the rest of the background.


Click Confirm Area and Browse Effects button on the left hand side.


Browse through all the effect, you can narrow your search down by the options on the left.


I chose the effect Background to Black.

All done in under a minute, download the free trial to try this out for yourself now.

Turn Any Image into a Vintage Style Polaroid in Seconds

Printing actual Polaroid’s are expensive and there is no way to guarantee your image turns out well. With Smart Photo Editor you can make any image into a Polaroid style image in seconds, making in perfect every time.
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The first thing I do is apply an effect to the whole image, click the Effects Gallery button (it is on the top right hand side), the effect I picked is called ‘Storm’. To narrow down the search on the left hand side there are a range of selections.


Untitled-3Now to apply the border layer, click the Effects Gallery button again, this time go to the left and narrow the search down to Border> Vintage Border.


Pick a border you like, don’t worry where the border is currently as you can move it.


I chose the effect ‘Polaroid Black and White’, once clicked on it, you can edit. Move the border and resize if necessary and chose how to frame your image.

Click Ok when you have finished.


The last step now is to crop what didn’t fit into the border, on the right hand side near the bottom is a Crop button. Now just adjust the outline.

All that is now left to do is save the image.

final on black backgroundI have put a black background around the image so you can see the border.

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How to Make the Background Black and White in Under a Minute

Creating a black and white background in your photographs is a lot easier than you think. With Smart Photo Editor it takes just two quick and easy steps.


Step One- Open your image in Smart Photo Editor and click ‘Select Area’ button on the right hand side, click ‘Background’, and start to select around the object/person in your image.

Go all the way around and then click the bucket that will appear, it will fill in the background.


Step Two – click the ‘Confirm Selection and Browse Effects’ button, this will show you all the effects. To narrow down the choice Color> Black and White. Pick one that you like the look of, if you hover over one of the images, it shows you Effects Controls, you can adjust the sliders to get the effect how you want it. When you have picked click ‘OK’ and the effect will be applied.

You can also click on the image you like the look of to see the photograph bigger and the effects controls will be on the right.


Now all that is left is to save your photograph.


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Triple Double Exposure Tutorial

This is a tutorial for two overlaying images on top of a picture.

Once the image is in Smart Photo Editor, you might be happy with how it is but if not, now is the time to edit your base photo, I have blurred the background a bit and changed the photo to black and white. Click here to see how to apply these effects.


Click on ‘Composite’ button on the right hand side. Then on the left hand side there are both two options, ‘Overlay’ and ‘Underlay’, we want the ‘Overlay’, click the ‘New’ button next to Overlay and choose one of your images and then click ‘Move, Resize and Scale’ button on the left to change the size and place roughly where you want it.

Now repeat this for the second image.


Once both images are loaded, it’s time to place them. Lower the Opacity of both layers. To move each layer you have to click on the layer (like in Photoshop) and click the move button at the top.


Once in place it is time to remove the parts of the images you no longer want, to do this you click the layer you want to edit and then click the ‘Select Area’ button further up on the left hand side. Making sure it is on ‘Erase from Selection’ start to go other the parts you no longer what.

A tip for this is go around your image completely and the click the bucket that will appear (see above image), click on this for it to all be erased.
zoomed in for last bit

Once you have done one image, just click on the other layer and repeat.
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There is a ‘Pan/Zoom’ tool on the left hand side that you can use to zoom in and get your selection exact. If you accidentally go too far over there is ‘Undo’ or you can just select the ‘Add to Selection’ button and go over what you want back.

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When you think you are done, zoom out to the whole image to double check, then you are all finished

Adjust the opacity of both layers until you are happy with the result.

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This is a great final image or if you want to take it one stage further, I have added the effect ‘Mirror water ripple effect multiply’ to the photo.


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How to Sharpen Your Images in One Easy Step

Sometimes a little editing can go a long way, Smart Photo Editor can do all the editing you need in one simple step.

Below are a series of images that have only had one effect added to the whole image and you can see the vast improvement, that took a matter of seconds.

portrait sharpen before and after

The only step that transformed this photo is applying the effect  ‘sharpen’ to the whole image.

raccoon before and after

This image has the effect ‘fix too much contrast’ applied to it.

shark before and after

The effect applied on this photo is ‘subtle sharpen’.

org contrast hrdi sharpen

Top: Orginal photograph, contrast effect

Bottom: HDRI effect, Sharpen effect

Smart Photo Editor lets you apply as many effect to the image as you want. This this image you can see the three effects separately above, and below is all the effect applied to the photo for the end and best result.

org all threeClick on the images, to see them full sized.

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Black and White Wildlife Photography Tutorial


Black and white wildlife photos can have a really strong effect, this is a really simple tutorial that will make your wildlife photos really stand out.

The image doesn’t have to be a perfect close up shot of an animal, as it can be cropped.


The first thing to do is load your image into Smart Photo Editor.

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Once the image is up, click the Effects Gallery button on the top right hand side.

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To narrow down the effects go to Color->Black and White


The Effect I picked is called ‘detail black and white’.


The next step is to blur the background, to do this first click Select Area button to the right (it’s the second one from the top).


Click Background then OK on the pop up.


Then go around your animal, an easy way to fill the whole background is to do a full circle around the image, and a bucket icon appears, click on it for it to fill in that area.


For the more detailed area, around the Rhino, you zoom in on your image, at the top there is a Pan/Zoom button.


If you accidentally go over the animal, simply click Erase from Selection button and go over the area you didn’t want covered.


Once you have completely gone round your animal, you can fill in the rest like before by clicking the bucket icon.


Click Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.


To narrow down your choices for blurry effect go to Detail->Soften.


I chose the effect ‘blur’, it looks far too blurry but on the right there is a master fade slider, that you slide down until you get the desired effect. I slide it nearly all the way down as I don’t want it too blurry, just enough so that it isn’t as sharp as the rhino.

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The last step is to crop the image down, the button in on the right hand side, simply click on it and a box around your image appears, just resize and move the box to cover your chosen selection and click the Apply button on the left.


All that is now left to do is save your image, under the File tab, you can also save your session in case you want to come back later and make some changes by choosing Save as Session button.

This is my end image, to try this out for yourself click here to download a free trail of Smart Photo Editor.

Double Exposure Tutorial

This might sound like it would be really hard to do but it is quite straight forward, as you will see from this tutorial.

orginal image

Firstly, you need to pick your two images, the Portrait should be quite close in on her face to get the best of the effect.

image 1

Once you have loaded your portrait image you click the Composition button on the right hand side and on the right will appear two options overlay and underlay, we want overlay so click the New button and then you can select your photo.

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Once your image has been loaded in, you can change the opacity of your image by sliding the slider, to be however strong or weak you want the cityscape to be in your photo.

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On the right hand side there is an Erase From Selection button, click on this and then start to go around the outline of the portrait all the way to the edges of the photo, to rid of the the unwanted cityscape in the rest of the photo.

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The next step is the change the background of the image, to do this click the Select Area button on the right, then click Background, and select the whole background.

If you select something you didn’t mean to you can select the Undo button or click on Erase From Select button and go over the part you didn’t mean to select.

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After you have selected the background click Confirm Select and Browse Effect button.

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The effect that I chose for my background was called Brightness. You can change the effect by sliding the slider to the left and when you are happy just click the OK button.

This can be your finished piece of if you want, or you can add an effect to the whole image, on the image below I have added the effect Beautiful.

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If you want the image in black and white, that is really simple, if it is the whole image you can just add an effect at the end, if its the first image then add the effect before you start of in its the image that you are adding, the easiest way to do this is by adding an effect to the image and saving it as a jpeg before you get started with this.

4 finished images

Four different alternatives for the Final Image. All just have a different effect over the top.

Top – Perceptual Black and White, Beautiful

Bottom – no effect, Contrast Vignette Effect

This is done in just a few steps, and the end result looks like it took forever to achieve.

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