Fantasy Background Tutorial

magical backgroundCreating a fantasy background in Smart Photo Editor couldn’t be easier check out the tutorial below.


Untitled-3Open your image in Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-4Click the Select Area Button on the right, then click Background.Untitled-5Go around your image, then click the Bucket icon so your whole background is masked. Then click the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.Untitled-9Browse Through the effects.Untitled-10Purple Fantasy is the name of this effect. Adjust the sliders until you are happy and click Ok.Untitled-11Click the Effects Gallery Button and chose a Darken effect.Untitled-1Don’t forget to save your image and your session.

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Animal Photo Manipulation Tutorial

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Blending animals together is easier than you would think, check out the tutorial below using the software Smart Photo Editor.

Untitled-1Open your first image up in SPE.Untitled-2Click the Erase buttonUntitled-3Go over the parts of the face that will stick out the most, this depends on what animal you pick, this helps with the blending later on.Untitled-4Now click the Composite button on the right.Untitled-5Click the New button next to Overlay on the top left hand side.Untitled-6Click on the Move, Rotate and Scale button and move this second image to roughly where you want it, reducing the Opacity by using the slider is helpful.Untitled-7Click on the Select Area button and the Erase from Selection button and then work your way round the area you want to keep.

Clicking the Bucket icon to remove the rest of the unwanted area.
8Click on the New button next to Overlay again.7Just as with the image before, move and rescale the image.

Then work your way around the unwanted area again.
Click on the Crop button on the right when you have finished and crop in on your image.Untitled-11Click on the Composite button again, but this time click New button next to Underlay.

Once you have selected this image, click the Select Area and the Add to Selection button. Work your way round the creature you have made slowly, zooming in to make your selection more accurate.
Untitled-13Once you have gone all the way round click on the Bucket icon that appears to remove the rest of the unwanted background.1When you are happy with the new background, click on the Area Treatment button.2Select all the areas that are too light on your create.3Play round with Exposure and Brightness sliders until you have happy with the results.4Click on the Effects Gallery button on the top right.5Search for the effect ‘Vibrant colors’ in the search bar. Adjust the sliders and click OK.

Now all that is left to do is save your image, don’t forget to also save it as a session incase you want to come back and work on it further.

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Creating a Dramatic Landscape Tutorial

Turn a landscape into a dramatic landscape by following this simple tutorial.  Untitled-1Open your image up in Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-2Click the Composition button on the right hand side.
Untitled-3Click the New button next to Overlay and select your image.
Untitled-4Once your image had loaded start to work your away around the person.Untitled-5Once you have worked the whole way round Bucket Icons will appear, click on the Bucket icon that will removing the unwanted background.Untitled-6Now click on the Move Rotate and Scale button on the left and adjust the size of the person and then move to where you want them.Untitled-7Once in place click the Effect Gallery button on the top right.Untitled-8Now to darken the image to give it that gloomy and stormy look. The first effect applied is called Darken & Improve Contrast.

Search in the searchbar or narrow the search by Light>Darken on the left. Untitled-9Once you have  clicked on the effect this screen comes up where you can adjust the strength of the effect by using the Master slider.

Click OK once you are done.Untitled-14Repeat the above steps but with the effect Dark Impact.Untitled-10Once you have finished click the Crop button on the right hand side.
Move the selection box over to the area that you want.Untitled-12Click Apply once done, if you don’t like your selection just click apply again to get the full image back.Untitled-13The last change to make to the image is to add another effect, doing this the same as the ones before this effect is called Nice image stormy sea with woman

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Amazing Underwater Photo Illusion Tutorial

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With this tutorial we are taking you underwater to show you what our Smart Photo Editor can do.Untitled-6Open the underwater image up in Smart Photo Editor.
Untitled-7Click on the Composition button on the right hand side.Untitled-14Click on the New button next to Overlay and pick your landscape image.Untitled-8Click the Move, Rotate and Scale button on the left and adjust the size of your image and move in (reduce the Opacity but moving the Opacity slider to position the image where you want it).Untitled-15Once your landscape image is where you want it, click the Select Area button and then the Erase From Selection button.

Now go around the part of the landscape you want to keep, making sure you keep in the line with the turtle behind to get the effect to look more realistic.

Once you have gone around what you are keeping click the Bucket icon that appears to get rid of the rest of the landscape.Untitled-9Zooming in on the image helps with this.Untitled-10Once you have finished with the landscape layer, click the New button next to Overlay again and select the bird image.

This time is is easier to remove the background before resizing. Click on the Select Area button and Erase From Selection then go around the birds.

Click on the Bucket icon when you are done to remove the remainder of the background.
Untitled-11Now click the Move Rotate and Scale button and move the birds.Untitled-12Repeat the above step with the birds again.Untitled-13Once done re-scale and move these birds to near the back of the turtle.Untitled-16Click the Effects Gallery button on the top right hand side.Untitled-4The first effect to be applied is called Hdr, adjusting the Master slider.
Untitled-3Now click the Crop button on the right hand side and crop in on the turtle.

Click Apply when done.Untitled-2Click the Effects Gallery button and this time type Sharpen into the search bar. Adjust the slider down to suit what you want.Untitled-1Click the Effects Gallery button again and on the left hand side search Detail>Contrast. The effect chosen here is called Auto contrast, adjusting the Master slider once again.
small amazing underwater illusionAll now that is left to do is save the image. Creating this amazing image is super easy to do so download your free trial now to try it out for yourself!


Weekend Photography Projects

shutterstock_477865726 (1)The weekend is the perfect time to get creative and go out and about with your camera.

Whether it is walking around your town, along the coast or the countryside, all are great for getting some practise in with your camera.

A few things to try:

  • Try different angles and perspectives is a great idea as this is about experimentation rather than a great photo. Though if you get one that’s just an added bonus.
  • Shot in black and white or with one color, if your camera allows.
  • Play around with your shutter speed.
  • Use a tripod and capture motion using a slow shutter speed.

Go out for a walk for an hour or so and take some pictures.

Once you are home from your walk it is time for more fun to begin. Load your images into Smart Photo Editor and play around with the effects, or creating your own.

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