Photo Mirage

What is Photo Mirage? Photo Mirage is a simple and fun software that allows you to animate your images.

Ready to turn a still image into something striking and impressive.

Today, I’ll show you how to get started. Upon opening the software, you’ll see the Welcome Page. The Welcome Page provides you with information about the software, along with tutorials and a gallery of animated images.

We’re going to start with the tools you’ll be using first.

The first one I circled is the animation button and the second is the motion button. These tools enable you to draw and place your arrows in the areas that you plan to animate.

Click Open to select a photo to work with.

Now, just click and drag your arrow on the desired places.

Don’t concentrate on getting things perfect right away. 

If you decide you don’t want an arrow in a certain place, you can move or delete it using Select.

In the photo below, I’ve clicked and moved the first two animation arrows.

Next, I clicked on the first arrow, which activated the delete button (trashcan). If I want to delete this arrow, all I have to do is drag it to the delete button. 

The Freehand Select tool is similar to Select. Except, it allows you to draw around the arrow or arrows you want to move or delete. After selecting the arrows, you want to delete, drag them to the delete button (trashcan).

By now you should have an idea of what parts you want to animate in your photo. So, let’s make sure the other parts of your photo stay in place. Here's where our Anchor Point tool comes in.

Click on the button I’ve circled in blue, in the picture below, and start anchoring. The anchor looks like a tiny red square. Although, this is not the finished photo, I want to make sure these areas outlined stay put.

If you happen to place an anchor in an unwanted area, just click the delete button (trashcan) followed by the anchor you no longer want.

I could place more anchors around the glass, or I could use my masking brush to speed things along.

The marker with the blue tip is your Masking Brush. You can select a round or square brush depending on your preference. You can also adjust your brush size to cover large areas quickly.

The plus sign enables your masking brush and the minus sign lets you delete any area that has been masked. The feather can be used to sharpen or soften the edge of your brush. Applying more of the feather softens the brush’ edges. Decreasing your feather makes your edges sharper.

In the photo below, I’ve masked the parts I don’t want to move. In the video, the diamond isn’t masked so it’s going to look distorted. 

Moving on to Smart Photo Fix. Smart Photo Fix balances the color and corrects the sharpness of your photo.

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The Crop tool allows you to adjust the photo to your liking. Also, you can set your photo to different presets.

Visibility Layers can show or hide different parts of your project.

1.) Clicking on the first button lets you hide your animation markers.

2.) The second option hides the area you cropped.

3.) The third option hides the areas you’ve masked.

4.) The fourth button hides the areas that were fixed after applying Smart Photo Fix.

Play, Email, or Export your project.

Undo or Redo an action.

Zoom in on your photo to see certain parts of it in detail.

After applying the finishing touches, this is the final animated photo.

Remember, you can adjust the photo as many times as you want until you’re satisfied with the results. 

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