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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Turn Any Image into a Vintage Style Polaroid in Seconds

Printing actual Polaroid’s are expensive and there is no way to guarantee your image turns out well. With Smart Photo Editor you can make any image into a Polaroid style image in seconds, making in perfect every time.
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The first thing I do is apply an effect to the whole image, click the Effects Gallery button (it is on the top right hand side), the effect I picked is called ‘Storm’. To narrow down the search on the left hand side there are a range of selections.

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Untitled-3Now to apply the border layer, click the Effects Gallery button again, this time go to the left and narrow the search down to Border> Vintage Border.

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Pick a border you like, don’t worry where the border is currently as you can move it.

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I chose the effect ‘Polaroid Black and White’, once clicked on it, you can edit. Move the border and resize if necessary and chose how to frame your image.

Click Ok when you have finished.

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The last step now is to crop what didn’t fit into the border, on the right hand side near the bottom is a Crop button. Now just adjust the outline.

All that is now left to do is save the image.

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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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Black and White Wildlife Photography Tutorial

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Black and white wildlife photos can have a really strong effect, this is a really simple tutorial that will make your wildlife photos really stand out.

The image doesn’t have to be a perfect close up shot of an animal, as it can be cropped.

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The first thing to do is load your image into Smart Photo Editor.

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Once the image is up, click the Effects Gallery button on the top right hand side.

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To narrow down the effects go to Color->Black and White

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The Effect I picked is called ‘detail black and white’.

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The next step is to blur the background, to do this first click Select Area button to the right (it’s the second one from the top).

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Click Background then OK on the pop up.

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Then go around your animal, an easy way to fill the whole background is to do a full circle around the image, and a bucket icon appears, click on it for it to fill in that area.

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For the more detailed area, around the Rhino, you zoom in on your image, at the top there is a Pan/Zoom button.

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If you accidentally go over the animal, simply click Erase from Selection button and go over the area you didn’t want covered.

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Once you have completely gone round your animal, you can fill in the rest like before by clicking the bucket icon.

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Click Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button.

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To narrow down your choices for blurry effect go to Detail->Soften.

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I chose the effect ‘blur’, it looks far too blurry but on the right there is a master fade slider, that you slide down until you get the desired effect. I slide it nearly all the way down as I don’t want it too blurry, just enough so that it isn’t as sharp as the rhino.

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The last step is to crop the image down, the button in on the right hand side, simply click on it and a box around your image appears, just resize and move the box to cover your chosen selection and click the Apply button on the left.

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All that is now left to do is save your image, under the File tab, you can also save your session in case you want to come back later and make some changes by choosing Save as Session button.
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This is my end image, to try this out for yourself click here to download a free trail of Smart Photo Editor.

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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