I do stuff like this all the time, mostly for fun or personal reasons--but this case was particularly challenging because of all the things going on in the Nutcracker photo. That's some troublesome masking. Also, bear in mind I am using Adobe Creative Suite 3 on a five-year-old MacBook. This stuff became a lot easier with CS5 than it was back in the Stone Age of CS3.
It took a few hours as well as a few days' worth of patience, but I am proud of what I ended up with. See below. (Note: I am not the photographer of these images)
|The original photo for the Snow White program, missing one dancer|
|The source photo containing the missing dancer (front row, first one in from right), from five months ago|
|The final version of the Snow White picture, now ready for program inclusion.|