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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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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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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Drones and Post Processing Your Images

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Drones can help you to capture images you wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

A few tips when first trying out your drone:

  • Don’t try and fly too high or for too long, start off slow and learn how to control it before taking it up high
  • Just like when using your camera try to shot with the sun behind you, not in-front
  • Don’t fly when it’s windy
  • Some places do ban drones so make sure you check before lift off

Post processing these photos with Smart Photo Editor couldn’t be easier.

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Before (left) and After (right), click image to see bigger.


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The first step is the straighten your image.

Click the Straighten button on the right hand side.
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Adjust the horizontal line so that it is straight and click Apply.

Now click the Effects Gallery button (at the top of the right hand side).
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Type HDR into the search bar, this is a quicker way to find the effects that you are looking for.

The effect I picked is called Hdri.Untitled-7

Click on your chosen effect and you will get the screen above. Adjust the Master Slider to what looks best for your image. Then click OK.Untitled-8

Repeat the above step except this time search contrast in the search bar.

The effect I chose is called Contrast.Untitled-9

Once again repeat the above but search for sharpen, the effect I used is called Subtle Sharpen.

Remember you can adjust your sliders so the effect is just how you want it.Untitled-10

Now all that is left to do is save your image.

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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.

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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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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.

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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