Figure 5.15. Give the young soccer player a lift to add to the excitement.

2. Use a soft eraser brush to erase around the edges of the figure on the new layer so she'll blend in with the background behind.

3. Go back to the original background layer and use the Clone Stamp to remove the extra shadow that appears under the player's feet, leaving only the original shadow beneath her. Use the Clone tool to put part of the background image on any portions of the original player figure that show through. The image will look like Figure 5.16. (The background is no longer dimmed, so you can see how smoothly the background and pasted image merge.)

Figure 5.16. Blend the elevated portion of the image so it merges smoothly with the background.

Figure 5.16. Blend the elevated portion of the image so it merges smoothly with the background.

4. Next, load the Soccer Ball photo from the website, and use the Elliptical Marquee tool to select it. You can hold the Shift and Alt/Option keys, click the approximate center of the ball, and drag to create a perfect circle with the ball centered in the selection. If necessary, nudge the selection and/or expand or contract the selection (as you learned to do earlier in this chapter) until only the ball is selected, as shown in Figure 5.17.

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