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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Create your own Ghost Photos for Halloween

If you’re throwing a party at home this Halloween, why not unsettle your guests by replacing your usual photographs with spooky alternatives?
This tutorial will show you how in just 6 easy steps.

1. Open your starter image in Smart Photo Editor. Why not use a family portrait?

Step 1  2. Click on the Composite tool.

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3. Add a new overlay and choose your ghost image.

Step 3 4. Resize and position your overlay.

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5. Use the selection brushes to erase any unwanted areas of the overlay.

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6. Reduce the transparency of the layer to make your ghoul see-through.

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Now simply put your new photos into your photo frames and watch your guests double take as they catch sight of your haunted portraits!

Creating flyers for advertising to High School Seniors with Smart Photo Editor.

As a professional photographer, you may be wondering how you can offer a good deal to your Class of 2015 Seniors for their high school senior portraits this coming year, and still be competitive.

One way you can do this is to offer them some unique portrait editing and photo effects with Smart Photo Editor.
The photography software is full of great, creative effects for all kinds of images.

Check out the Portrait Pro blog for some of our other ideas, but why not use Smart Photo Editor to create some cool montages for flyers, and use them to promote your business to local schools.

Montage of Senior Portraits to advertise a photography studio in schools
Montage of Senior Portraits to advertise a photography studio in schools

It’s really easy to create a flyer with Smart Photo Editor. The software guides you easily through the process. Simply select from the File menu, New Montage. For details on how to create a Basic montage, see our earlier post.

Use your portrait editing skills, and Portrait Pro 12 to enhance your subjects. Then use Smart Photo Editor to get some really cool effects on their images.  You can even make composite images to put them in a different background. Check it out here.

Composite image of High School Senior girl in Chicago Skyline background, with Smart Photo Editor effect of oil painting
Composite image, with added oil painting effect. 

You’ll be the most innovative and interesting Seniors’ portrait photographer in the area.

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