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.


Andrew Buchanan’s update, Summer 2015


Images from Andrew Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan from ArtyFacts has been using Smart Photo Editor for many years and has contributed many effects to the Smart Photo Editor Effects gallery. He is still very busy and enjoying his work with Smart Photo Editor.

He wanted to share his ongoing work with the Smart Photo Editor community, so here is his latest album. Check out the effects he has used from Smart Photo Editor.

Isolating an object on a plain background

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to isolate an object on a plain background. This can be useful for product photography or for creating artworks.

Step One: Open your image.
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Step Two: Click ‘Select Area’ and choose ‘Background’
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Step Three: Use the brush to paint over any area that you want to remove. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, we’ll go back and adjust this later.

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Step Four: Click ‘Confirm Selection and Browse Effects’ and choose your new background.
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Step Five: Click the mask tab at the top right of the screen to adjust the mask. Don’t forget that you have three brushes to choose from ‘Find Soft Edge’, ‘Find Hard Edge’ and ‘Airbrush’. You might want to use a combination of the three to get the best results.

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Step Six: You’re finished.
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Have you created a great image using Smart Photo Editor? Share it with us on our Facebook page.

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!

Adding Objects to your Images

With Smart Photo Editor it’s easy to add or remove objects from your images.

Today we’re going to look at how to add an object into an image. This is a really easy process and for simple objects takes only a couple of minutes.

To get a better look at the tools we used, click on any of the images below to open a larger version in a new tab.

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1) Start by opening your base image.

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2) Now click File > Add overlay and choose an image to add.



3) Use the ‘Erase from Selection’ Brush to remove unwanted areas from your overlay.



4) Use the ‘Move, Rotate and Scale’ mode to size and position your object.



5) Once you’re done placing your object you can continue to use Smart Photo Editor to make adjustments to your image.



Your images don’t have to be on plain backgrounds, the ‘Erase from Selection’ Brush can help you remove any kind of background and you can add as many objects as you like.

Why not try for yourself and share the results on the Smart Photo Editor Facebook page.

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.

Download the free trial of Portrait Pro and Smart Photo Editor today!


Creating a Basic Montage


This tutorial will teach you how to make a simple photo-montage using Smart Photo Editor. Photo-montages are a wonderful way to preserve treasured memories and also make great gifts.


Step 1:

Click File> New Montage and you will be given a pop-up dialogue with some options for your montage. Select the size you would like your image to be and decide whether you would like to choose a background texture and border for your montage. (Click the image to see a larger version)

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Step 2:

Browse through the texture gallery to choose your background. You can use the search bar on the right hand side to look for specific keywords. Once you’ve made your choice, click OK.

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Step 3:

Next, choose your border. This time, we’re going to use a simple transparent border.

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Step 4:

You will now see your workspace with the Composite menu on the left. Click New to add a new image to the montage. While Move, Rotate and Scale is selected you can drag the image, resize them and use the rotate wheel to rotate them.

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Images that you add later can be overlaid on earlier layers.

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Once you’re done, you can continue to work on the image as you would with any other photo in Smart Photo Editor. Here we’ve added some text, but you could also apply effects to the image.

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Now you’re all done! Why not create your own and share them with us on Facebook


Welcome to the Smart Photo Editor blog!

The Smart Photo Editor community is constantly developing new effects, and making the software even better.

Each of our users is a valuable part of our online community; and the sharing of ideas, and creating effects for each other is what makes the software so unique.

In this blog we will share with you some tips and tutorials, interviews and ideas to help you tap into your creativity.

Also, check out the blog by our independent expert Andrew Buchanan.

We look forward to sharing this journey with you, and we look forward to meeting you.

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