Originally Posted by gigichet
this sounds like something that I might be able to handle...I will have to give it a try after the holidays
Gwen--we actually covered one method to do this in the PSE course. Place your photo over your background, then with that layer selected, switch to your lasso tool. Set your feathering to 100 or above, then draw your shape that you want on the photo (it will indicate that edges that you want to get rid of). Then go to Select>select inverse, then hit delete. The part of the photo that you want to discard will disappear leaving your feathered photo.
You can play around with the feathering amount until you get it just the way you want. It is really very easy, once you understand what you doing.