BBQ Invite Tutorial

Summer season is coming to an end but whilst it’s still around a BBQ is a great idea and with Smart Photo Editor you can make a great BBQ invite in minutes.

Check out the tutorial below to see how easy it is.

Untitled-9Open your image is Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-10Click on the Text button on the right hand side.
Untitled-8Move the Text to the top and increase the size.Untitled-7Change the text by clicking the text box on the left of the screen and type in BBQ. Also flick through the different fonts to find the one that fits best.

White is the best color for the font if you are going for a food photo background, as it stands out, rather than blending in.Untitled-5Click on the Text button again on the right.Untitled-6Move this text box to the left bottom corner, and type in the details for your BBQ .Untitled-2Now all the text is done, the last step is the final touches, click on the Effects Editor button at the top on the right hand side.Untitled-3Look through the Effects to see what makes the food background look the most appetizing.Untitled-4This effect is called Dec rad in vig.

Adjust the Master Slider if needed and click OK once you have finished.Untitled-1You are now ready to go, so save your invite and send it out ready for your BBQ!
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How to Blur the Background Tutorial

Check out the tutorial below to find out how quick and easy it is to blur your background with Smart Photo Editor.
Untitled-1Open your image up in Smart Photo Editor. Untitled-2Click on the Select Area button on the top right hand side.
Untitled-3Click on Background.Untitled-4Go around the outline of the person.Untitled-7Click on the Bucket icon that appears to fill in the rest of the background, then click on the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.Untitled-8Find the effect called Blur, search for it in the Search Bar on the right.
Untitled-6Click on the Effect and then move the Master slider on the left until you are happy with the result.

Now all that is left to do is save the image, it’s that easy!shutterstock_372567424_pe

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Turn your Festival Photos into a Montage

Going to a festival is a fun experience but the photos usually just get left on your phone or camera. This is where Smart Photo Editor’s Montage creator is amazing.

Create a montage that you can have as a screen background or print out and frame, and it’s much easier than you would think.
Untitled-2replaceOn opening up Smart Photo Editor, click File>New Montage.Untitled-3replaceChoose your size and don’t worry too much about your background color, click OK.

Untick the Border tab if you don’t want a border.Untitled-4Now you get to pick the Texture (background) for your montage. Flick through narrowing down the search if you want and click OK once you have picked.Untitled-5This texture is called Wood grain textures 002 F6.

On the left hand side click the New button, and chose your first image.
Untitled-6Click the Move, Rotate and Scale button on the left hand side. Resize your image and move to where you want it rotating if you wish.

If you want your photos to be Polaroid style, check out this tutorial.Untitled-9Once the first image if where you want do the same for the next images one at a time.Untitled-10You can go back and move previous images by clicking on their layer on the left.Untitled-7Once you are happy with where you have placed all your image, all that is left to do is save your montage and a Jpeg and as a session incase you want to go back and change something later.

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Create Your Own Litchenstein Masterpiece

Turn your photographs in Litchenstein masterpieces with this simple tutorial below.

You will need:

an image of a woman (or man)

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Untitled-1Open your image up in Smart Photo Editor.Untitled-2Click the Select Area button on the right hand side, and click Skin on the pop up.Untitled-3Select all the skin, zooming in might make this easier.Untitled-4Once you have selected all of the skin click the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button on the left.
Untitled-5Chose the effect Pinkout and adjust the master slider until  you are happy with the effect, we are aiming to smooth the skin and color to be quite pale.
Untitled-6Click the Select Area button and select Skin. Now click the Add Skin button, and the area you selected before will show up.

Click the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.Untitled-7Now we use the options on our left to narrow down the search, Artist>Lichenstein. Untitled-8Browse the effects, for this step moving all the sliders is needed, the effect used here is Exterior.

Click OK once you are happy with the outcome.
Untitled-10Click the Composite button on the right hand side.Untitled-11Select your speech bubble image.Untitled-12Click the Select Area button and Erase all the parts you don’t need, zooming in here helps.Untitled-13Once you have gone around the outline click the Bucket icon that appears to remove the rest of the unwanted background.Untitled-14Now it is time to move the speech bubble to the right place, do this by clicking the Move, Rotate and Scale button on the left.
Untitled-17Click the Text button on the right. Move the text to where you want it and resize.Untitled-18Type your chosen text on the left and choose you font, this is Segoe Script.small afterYour Masterpiece is now finished and ready to be saved.

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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.
Untitled-20Once you have gone all the way around, zoom out and click on the Bucket icon that appears to remove the rest of the background.Untitled-1Open you have your boat all finished, click the New button next to Overlay again and select your first animal.Untitled-2Resize your animal and reduce your opacity to find the fit within your boat.
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.
Untitled-8Once finished zoom out.Untitled-11Now click the New button next to Overlay again, this time select your balloon image.

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.
Untitled-13Once you have gone all the way round, click the Bucket icon to get rid of the rest unwanted background.Untitled-14Now go back to your animal layers and erasing all the way to the top of the boat, to give the illusion that they are in the boat, also move the animal if they will look better slightly bigger or a little more to one side.Untitled-15This end product looks like it took hours in Photoshop but only took a few minutes in Smart Photo Editor.shutterstock_306454088 final imagesmall_pe

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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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3D Photo Manipulation Tutorial

3D Photo Manipulation images look amazing and very hard to make. This is not the case using Smart Photo Editor.

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The First thing to do is open your background image in Smart Photo Editor.

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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.

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On the left hand side click the Move, Resize and Scale button.

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Resize your image and move over to where you want it, reducing the Opacity helps to place the image exactly where you want it.
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Once placed, click on the Select Area button.

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Click the Lasso tab and go around where you want the image to appear from.

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Once you have gone around your image, two rows of lines will appear, move them so they line up to where you want them.


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Once done click on the Edge Finder tab.


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Click Erase From Selection, and click to Find Hard Edge.

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Start to delete the unwanted parts, using the fill buckets can save a lot of time.

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Zooming in as you go around can help to get the results more exact.

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Now up the Opacity to full and click the Add to Selection button.

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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.

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Now click the Erase From Selection button and erase the last few bits.

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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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