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.

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The first thing to do is to open your image of the building in Smart Photo Editor.
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On the right hand side click the button Composition.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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The effect I chose was called Glossy Cover.
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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.

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

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Click Background.

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

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

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

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Quick guide to watercolour effect on photos

Everyone gets stuck in a rut at some point, and it can be frustrating especially as a photographer when your photographs just aren’t working for you anymore.

Sometimes you just need to play around with your photos, have fun and relax rather than working yourself up over it not going how you imagine. Smart Photo Editor can help you do exactly that. There are so many effects some won’t work for you but some are just perfect.

One amazing style you can put onto your photos if watercolour effects, transforming your photo instantly into a realistic looking digital painting.

The Steps

Once you have opened your image in Smart Photo Editor

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On the top right of your screen is a button of the effects gallery.

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This is what your screen should look like.

On the left, you can refine down the effects to what you are looking for, I am looking for watercolour effects.

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Now the results are narrowed down you can just flick through and pick your favourite one, it doesn’t have to be perfect as you can edit the effects, once you have clicked on one. On the left effect controls, where you can adjust the effects, once you are happy press ok for the effect to me used on your photo.

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Once the effect has been applied to can edit the photo or even add another effect if you want.

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I have just changed a few sliders around in image treatment and my watercolour elephant is done.

Just go to file save as jpeg and if you want to come back and do further editing you can also save your session.

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Hope you found this useful, now go and be creative.