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.

Step 2

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

Step 3 4. Resize and position your overlay.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6



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.

Before - After - Balloon


1) Start by opening your base image.

Add Object Step 1


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)

Montage Step 1

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.

Montage Step 2

Step 3:

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

Montage Step 3

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.

Montage Step 4

Step 5:

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

Montage Step 5

Step 6:

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.

Montage Step 6


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