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If you can see both files on your screen at the same time, you can simply click inside the selection and drag it from one image to the other.

• Use the Extract command to isolate the object. Choose Edit I Copy to copy the selection, switch to the receiving photo, and then choose Edit I Paste to paste the selection on a new layer in the destination file. (See Chapter 5 for details on using the Extract command.)

• Use the Clone Stamp tool to copy and paste the image with an appropriate brush. First, ALT-click (Windows) or OPTION-click (Mac) somewhere in the middle of the object you want to move. Then, switch to the destination file, create a new layer, and begin painting with the Clone Stamp tool to re-create the object in this file. Continue "painting" until you have re-created the entire object.

After you have moved the object from its original file into the destination file, use the Move tool to move it into the precise location where it should reside. Then, click the second button at the bottom of the Layers palette to add a layer mask to the layer containing the moved object.

Select the Brush tool and an appropriately sized brush tip to clean up the edges around the object. When working in a layer mask, painting with black hides the content of the layer, while painting with white reveals it. If you need to make a pasted object appear to be sitting behind another object, as I did with my nephew in the following illustration, hide that portion of the layer by painting it with black.

Then, to add shadows on or behind the object, paint with the Brush tool and an appropriately sized brush tip on a new layer whose blending mode is set to Multiply.

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