SPE Tips & Tricks – Thinify

This  short tutorial was created in response to an SPE Forum question that asked about a ‘Thinify’ effect. The video is aimed at  experienced users, but it may also be of benefit to relatively new users who wish to expand their knowledge.

Currently, the functionality of Smart Photo Editor does not include a Thinify tool. However, it occurred to me that we can simulate the effect using the ‘Montage & Composite’ features and, in fact, we can thinify, stretch, and distort our image to change  its aspect ratio. The example in the video applies the technique to a portrait and, although subtly used, it does a good job.

Note, that in some images where the background is important you will need to be careful how you apply the technique as it not only alters the subject matter but also distorts the background. You can avoid this by separating the subject from the background using masking techniques and layers.



Use the Composite feature to create a Multiple Photo Frame

My latest video will help more experienced Smart Photo Editor users to create ‘Multiple-Photo Frames’ using the ‘Composite ‘ feature.

This is a new approach that uses templates, masks and frames in addition to a number of the user’s own photographs. In this example the aspect ratio of the photograph windows is 6×4.

Do you want to create this  kind of thing

A resource pack is available below allowing users to replicate the tutorial process and this includes the Base Image, Mask Image, Frame Image and Session File.

Resource Pack

It would be nice to hear comments from users so that I can determine whether there is  sufficient demand for ‘Multiple-Photo Frame’ packages in different styles.

Here is another resource pack: Additional Frames arranged in six folders:

  1. Bevel Frames
  2. Brown Frames
  3. Gray Frames
  4. Green Frames
  5. Metal Frames
  6. Pastel Frames

Additional Frames Resource Pack

Hope these prove useful to you – at least they will help you get started and give you a variety of 5-photo frames to play with.

As always, it is my hope that you will develop these ideas for yourself and, in this instance, create you own frames, base images and masks. It would be nice to see some of your results.

Have a good day!


Do you want to add ‘Speech Bubbles’ to your photographs or images?

Here is a new Smart Photo Editor Tutorial Video that introduces my new speech bubble effects. The effect series is called ‘Speech bubble shapes’ 001-166.

There is a corresponding PDF document which shows each speech bubble shape and its individual name below. Feel free to download as reference.

Speech Bubble Shapes 001-166

Speech Bubble Shapes PDF Document



Hope you enjoy the video and find the effects useful.

Kind regards, Andrew