Person in a Bottle Illusion Tutorial

before and afterIt is super easy to transform a regular empty bottle into an incredible illusion with Smart Photo Editor.

Check out the tutorial below, for this tutorial you will only need two images, a bottle and a person.


Open your bottle image up in Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-2

Click the Composite button on the right hand side.Untitled-3

On the left hand side, click the New button next to Overlay.Untitled-4

Select the image of the person you want to use.

On the left hand side you can reduce the opacity of your image and click on the Move, Resize and Scale button, to place your person where you would like them, you can change this later.Untitled-5

Click the Select Area button on the left hand side and slowly go around your person zooming in if needed.

Once you have gone all the way around a bucket will appear to remove the rest of the background. Click on the Bucket and increase the Opacity if you haven’t already.Untitled-7


Click the New button next to Overlay again, and select the bottle image again, and lower the Opacity.

This makes it look like the person is inside the bottle.


The last step, if you aren’t happy about the position of your person you can move them.

Make sure you select Layer 1 and click Move, Resize and Scale button and experiment moving the person around (hold down the circle around the image to rotate).

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


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Fake Long Exposure Tutorial – Water


Open your image up in Smart Photo Editor.


Click Select Area button, then Water on the pop up that will appear.


Carefully select the water, it’s okay if you go too far over, you can correct this afterwards by selecting the Erase from Selection button and going over the unwanted parts to remove.

Once you have selected all the water click Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.


The effect is called Slow shutter speed – water F6, click on this effect to see the effect applied to the image.

Don’t worry if the effect is too strong for your image, you can adjust the Master Slider to make the effect weaker/stronger.


You can leave your image here or for an even stronger effect, turn the image black and white.

Click the Effects Gallery button on the right hand side.


On the left, go to Color>Black and White.

Black and White Sharp was the effect I chose, but chose what works best with your image.



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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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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.
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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.

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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’.

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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.

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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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