Figure 5.17. Select only the soccer ball from the second photo.

5. Copy the ball and paste it down in the original photo on top of the original soccer ball.

6. Resize the ball in its new layer so it's exactly the size as the ball it replaces.

7. Use the Clone Stamp tool to erase the original ball from the background image.

8. Make the replacement ball match the photo a little more closely by performing these modifications:

• Use Image > Transform > Rotate to rotate the ball a little counterclockwise so its brightest surface is upwards, matching the direction of the sunlight in the original photo (almost exactly overhead, but a little to the right).

• Use the Burn tool with a soft brush to darken the underside of the soccer ball.

• Use Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast to adjust the brightness and contrast of the ball so it looks more natural in the image. You'll need to judge the amount of brightness and contrast to apply visually. Just move the sliders until the ball looks "best."

• Use the Filter > Blur > Motion Blur filter, with the Distance setting at 11 pixels to give the ball a little blur.

The finished photo will look like Figure 5.18. In Chapter 8 you'll learn how to do other interesting things with photos like these, such as add motion blur streaks to the players themselves.

Figure 5.18. The finished photo is a lot more interesting with the new, composited elements and added blur.

Figure 5.18. The finished photo is a lot more interesting with the new, composited elements and added blur.

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