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Using Photoshop Elements 5.0 to make a photo swim "Off the Page"

By Kelley Kuhlman
In this tutorial, we are going to take a photo and make it ?swim off the page.  This is a good effect for a postcard, business card or greeting card. We are using Photoshop Elements 5.0 and a photo of an underwater fish scene provided for you to download.

Some of the tools we will explore are:
Magic Extractor
Artwork and Effects
Poster Edge Filter

This works great with any photo that has a lot of background and a good center of interest that is positioned close to the middle. let's get started. First you can download the image here (chocolate-dip chromis.jpg. )



Open the  photo
 
Double click the layer to make it into a useable layer.

This will pop up, click ok.
 


 
Right mouse on the layer and duplicate it and name it Fish.
 


 
Then the layers palette will look like this.  
 


 
On the top layer we will extract the some of the coral so go to Image/Magic Extractor.
 


 
When the pop up screen appears, click on the brush with the plus sign and draw around the outline of the fish and some of the coral.  If you go outside the lines click on the eraser tool and erase the line that goes outside where you want it.
 


 
 
Click on the brush with the minus sign and draw lines on the background and click around some extra areas like so. 
  
 


 
Click preview, you can smooth any lines that seem jagged by clicking on the smooth tool.  When you are satisfied, click ok.  IF THE IMAGE IS NOT CUT OUT ON THE LAYERS PALETTE WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE MAIN SCREEN-GO BACK TO MAGIC EXTRACTOR AND YOUR EDITED IMAGE WILL STILL BE THERE YOU CAN ADJUST IT IF YOU LIKE OR JUST CLICK OK AGAIN AND THIS TIME IT WILL BE THE WAY YOU EDITED IT.
 


 
 
This is what it should look like:
 
 


 
When back on the main screen, click on the background layer and choose the rectangle marquee.  
 

Draw a rectangle on the background area that you want to see
Plus some of the Coral like this:
 


 
Now hold down CTRL/Shift/I to invert the selection and click CTRL/X to cut out the background:
 


 
Make sure the background is still selected and go to the Edit menu and Stroke, 
 


 
use these settings:
 


 
Now make sure that the Artwork and Effects palette is visible.  
 


 
If you cant see it in the layers palette area, go to Window and make sure it is selected in the menu.
 


 
 
Choose Layer Styles/Drop Shadows and choose the low setting and click apply.  
 


 
Now double click the sun/flowery shape next to the layer.
 


 
The drop shadow settings should look like this 
 


 
 
I want less of the coral to show so I am going make sure the fish layer is selected and go back to the magic extractor clean it up a little on the right corner. 

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