How to Put a Person in a Photo in Photoshop Elements

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One of the fun tricks of digital editing is the ability to use software to place a person from on photo into a different one. You can put them in a photo with other people, in front of a historic landmark, in a dangerous looking situation or any number of possibilities. Adobe Photoshop Elements makes this easy to do with the use of layers, the lasso selection tool and feathering.

  • Open the two photos you want to use in Photoshop -- the photo of the person you want to remove, and the photo you want to place them into.

  • Click on the photo of the person so that it is the active window.

  • Select the lasso tool from the tool menu. It looks like a rope.

  • Carefully trace the outline of the person. When you release the mouse, they will be selected.

  • Go to the "Select" menu and click on "Adjustments."

  • Click on "Modify" and "Contract." Contract the selection by 1 pixel.

  • Return to the "Modify" menu and click "Feather." Feather by at least 5 pixels to smooth the selection edge.

  • Press Ctrl+C on the keyboard to copy the selection.

  • Click on the photo you want to paste the person into so it becomes the active window.

  • Press Ctrl+V to paste the person in. Photoshop automatically places pasted objects in a new layer, so from there you can move the person's photo where you like.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the picture you are pasting into has other people in it, try to choose a photo to paste that matches the quality and lighting of the photo you are pasting into. This makes it more believable.
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images
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