I first learned this technique with Adobe Photoshop Elements but it's equally easy and effective in Scrapbook Max! This is a way to add a dreamy/glamorous look to your photos without having to open them in a separate photo editor. You can see in the before picture that (understandably), I look a little ragged after giving birth to our sixth daughter. (I have looked MUCH worse, actually)
But look at how much nicer my skin looks after a quick digital glam treatment (and even at LOW resolution!)--
Wanna know how to do it!!??
It's easy. First crop your photo as desired. Next make a copy of it (edit->copy) and paste the copy in to your layout (edit->paste)
Now, move it aside a little bit so you can select it (click on it) AND the original (hold down your shift key while you click on the first copy)
Next, we want the copy and the original exactly lined up so use align->top, followed by align->left. If needed, drag the pair back into position.
Now, click somewhere outside the photo to deselect the pair and click once on the photo to select the top copy.
Now, we will blur the top copy - effects->blur
next, convert that copy to B&W - effects->greyscale
finally, reduce the opacity so the original shows through: double-click on the greyscale photo and move the opacity slider to the left. The farther to the right, you go, the less noticeable the effect.
You can make further adjustments by popping up the color saturation on the color photo, changing the brightness/contrast on the B&W layer (or by making it sepia or another color) or by using the advanced blur where you more control over how the blur works.