How to Cut Part of a Photo & Put It in Another in Photoshop Elements

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How to Cut Part of a Photo & Put It in Another in Photoshop Elements
Interesting photo art can be created by combining objects from different photos. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Digital photography combined with photo editing programs opens the door for a lot of creative editing options. Objects from one photo can be placed within another to create an image that otherwise might not be captured. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can essentially cut a piece of one photo and place it into another.

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    Open the photo that you want to cut from.

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    Use the lasso tool to carefully trace around the object you want to paste.

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    Go to the "Select" menu and choose "Modify."

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    Click on "Contract" and contract your selection by 1-5 pixels, depending on the size of your photo. Use a smaller contraction for smaller photos.

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    Return to the "Modify" menu and click on the "Feather" option.

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    Feather the selection by the same amount of pixels you contracted by.

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

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    Open the photo you want to paste into.

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    Hit Ctrl+V on the keyboard to paste your selection into the new photo. Photoshop Elements automatically puts it into a new layer and you can move the object where you want it from there.

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