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.

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

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

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

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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.

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Black and White Wildlife Photography Tutorial

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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.

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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

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

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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).

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Click Background then OK on the pop up.

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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.

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

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

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

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Click Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Black and White with One Color Tutorial

This is a really easy process that has a huge impact on photos, using Smart Photo Editor.

The photo I have picked is in color, if yours is already in black and white just ignore this step.

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My background is already white so I just use the Select Area tool (the button is on the right) and then clicked the Subject, to select the body and legs of the ballet dancer, clicking the Confirm Selection and Add Effects button to the right when I am happy with my selection.

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Don’t worry if you accidentally go over the area you wanted to select, there is an Erase From Selection button on the right, and you can change the size of your detector as well.

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You can just flick through the pages of effects or on the right you can narrow down your search, the effects can also be edited so you can change it to be completely to your liking.

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Next is to select what you want to be in your chosen color.

Just like before you chose the Select Area button and this time select what you want to be in color.

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Click the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button when you have finished selecting.

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Have a look through the effects, click on them if you like them (some of the colored  effects allow you to chose the color and shade you want), also the Master Fade allows you to choose how strongly the effect is applied.

If like me you can’t pick just one, you can save the image then change it.

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At the top of your screen, on the right is a history of all the steps you have taken, just simply hoover over it and click the X. Then click Select Area (don’t worry you don’t have to re-select it all again) and then on the right it should have your previous selection history, simply click Add Subject button and continue as before.

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