Layers. Image manipulation can change the look and feel of a simple camera grab.
Start with a saved image...
| Select the area to be replaced. Selections can be made in a variety of ways.
Sometimes the quickest way to define the area of selection is the use
of the Polygon Lasso tool. It is tucked under the Lasso
tool on the Photoshop Tool palette. It allows you to 'stitch and trace'
around the image manually. Of course, if your hand is steady you can use
the Lasso tool to trace freehand.
If your background is a single color, you can select large areas of similar color with the Magic Wand tool in Photoshop.
If you need to refine your selection, hold the Shift key down to continue to increase or add to the selection, or the Option/Alt key to subtract from it with either tool.
Once you are ultimately pleased with your selection. Feather the selection (Shift-Command-D) one pixel and Delete.
Add a layer behind and beneath
Open a new background file. It should be the same size and resolution
as your target image to fit properly.
Select All (Command-A) and Copy your background image. You can then Paste your copied image into another new layer 'below' your target image. (Some computers will allow you to drag your image from one window to another, creating another layer in the process.
| Adding another layer or two will give this Photoshop file some versatility.
By changing the visibility of different backgrounds, you can save a variety
of images with different looks and feel.|
Depending on the destination, save your file to the proper file format.