Movie Poster Inspired Photo Tutorial

Want to liven up your holiday snaps? Got a favorite old movie, want to combine the two? Then this tutorial is for you!

jaws 2 smallThe first thing you will need to do is gather together the images you want to use.
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Open up your background image is Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-2

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

Chose your first image.Untitled-4

Click the Move, Resize and Scale button on your left and move and resize your image to where you want it.Untitled-5

Click the Select Area button and zoom in on your image and go round the image’s background.
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Once you have gone all the way round a Bucket icon will appear, click this to delete the remaining part you want removed.Untitled-7

Now click New button next to Overlay on your left hand side and select your second image.Untitled-8

Move and resize if wanted and then click on the Select Area button and outline the unwanted areas.Untitled-9

Once again click the Bucket icon to remove the rest.
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Reduce the Opacity by moving the slider on the left and then erase the unwanted overlapping areas.Untitled-11

For this image we aren’t upping the Opacity back all the way as we want to see the feet under the water.Untitled-12

Click the New button next to overlay again and move and scale the new image accordingly.Untitled-13

As before work your way around the unwanted background and click the Bucket icon to remove it all.

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Click on the water layer and work your way around the edge until you are happy with how the water looks.
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Click the Text button on the right. Type in the white box that appears on the left. You can change the font, size and color.

Also hover over the text to move and resize, increasing the size further.Untitled-16

The last step if to add an effect to your whole image, this effect is called texture4u_011.

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Your final image is now perfect for your wall and desktop background. A fond memory from your holiday that’s way better than the usual snaps.

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Amazing Illusion Tutorial

Creating amazing photographic illusions has never been easier with Smart Photo Editor, try out the tutorial below.shutterstock_306454088 final imagesmall_peOpen up your first image, the Background/sky image in Smart Photo EditorUntitled-16Click Composite button on the right hand side.Untitled-17Click the New button next to Overlay. Untitled-18Select your boat image and click the Move, Resize and Scale button and move and resize to where you want it, reducing the opacity helps with finding where to put it. Untitled-19Once your boat is in the right location, click the Select Area button on the left hand side.

Zoom in on your boat and slowly work your way round the edges of the boat, remembering to do inside any rails.

If you accidentally go over erase something you didn’t mean to just click the Add to Selection button on the left and go over the area.
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Untitled-3Once this is done, zoom in really close on the animal and click the Select Area button and then the Erase from Selection button and slowing work your way around your animal, deleting the background from the image.
Untitled-4Click on the bucket to remove the rest of the background.Untitled-5Keep the whole animal for now as you might want to move it later on. Untitled-6Next click the New button next to Overlay again and select your second animal image. Click Move, Resize and Scale button again. Untitled-7Repeat the step with the last animal.
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Once again click the Move, Resize and Scale button and move the balloons to where you want them.Untitled-12Zoom in on the balloons and click the Select Area button on the left.

Carefully go around the balloons, remember to also check to see if there are any gaps between the balloons.
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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.

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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.
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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

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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.

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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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Photographing Sunset Tips & Tutorial

Sunsets can make some of the most beautiful photographs, but can easily fall flat if you don’t have your camera in the right settings.

Here are a few tips that will help you create better sunset photographs.

Shot wide- Don’t zoom in when taking sunset photographs, shot as wide as your lens will let you.

Shot in HDR – Is perfect for sunset and it creates greater contrast in your images.

Under exposure – Just slightly underexposing will make the colors look more rich and defined.

Don’t forget about the foreground – Spend time thinking about the foreground, don’t just think about the sunset, think about the image as a whole.

NO FILTERS – Not even a UV filter, for sunsets it is best to go filter free to create the best images possible.

Horizon – Don’t shot with the horizon right in the middle of the photo, try to get it about 2/3rds way down the image.

Look around you – Don’t be so focused that you are blind to the rest of the surroundings, look around to see what other angles and directions you could shot from.

Manual Mode – This is the best to shot in once the light has started to fade from the sky, when the sun is still out shooting in Aperature priority.

Don’t just shot and leave, stay around a little, the sky might look even better in half hours time.

Post Processing – this is so important with sunset photographs as it gets the photograph looking its absolute best, check out the tutorial below to see how quick and easy it is to do in Smart Photo Editor.

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Open up your image in Smart Photo Editor.
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Click the Effects Gallery button on the top right hand side.sunset image 3

Choose the Effect called Darken & improve contrast.
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Once you have clicked on it, your image with the effect applied will appear bigger with some slider on the left hand side.

Move the Master slider to get the effect just right for your image. This first step will help to correct the sky.

Click OK once you are happy.sunset image 5

The next step is to go to the Effects Gallery button again and this time narrow down your search on the left hand side Detail> Depth of Field.

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The effect I chose is Depth of Field but you can pick a different one if you think it will work better with your photograph. Once again click your chosen one and adjust the sliders to suit your needs. sunset image 7

Click the Effects Gallery button again. sunset image 8

Narrow down the search again on the right by choosing Light>HDR and pick the effect that goes best, the one I selected is called Hdri. sunset image 9

Click OK once you have adjusted the sliders.sunset image 10

Once again click the Effects Gallery button, this time type in the search bar on the right, ‘fix exposure’ for the effect.sunset image 11

For this effect I have the Master Slider very low down.

This is the end result, looking at the before and after you can see the massive improvement to the photograph, simply by adding four effects/image corrects to the image in Smart Photo Editor.

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Click the image above the see the before and after in more detail.

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Fake Long Exposure Tutorial – Water

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Open your image up in Smart Photo Editor.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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