Considering that the life preserver is on its original background, I am wondering why the edges of the ropes and the outer edges of the preserver are now pixelated with a blue edge. Did you use the magic wand tool to select part of the background which was showing between the boards. If so, it has selected similar colour tones throughtout the source image. Basically what you would need to do to create this image is to use the marquee tool and remove the inner section of the background in the source image and then slide the underwater image behind it on a new layer. Use the lasso tool to remove the area between the boards, if you wish. Add a slight inner shadow at the top of the life preserver to match the existing shadow at the base. If you do this, the quality of your finished image will be much sharper. ALSO, and this is directed to everyone who is using a contest image supplied by FN ... click on the posted contest image to reveal the full-sized, high resolution image with which you can work from. I have a feeling that some people are downloading the smaller version for their work.
your right i was not working with full view, i did not use magic wand i just used the colour changer as i remember also i am using coral psp 11 any pointers most welcome thanks for the comments, i have redone it from scatch, plz comment again, many thanks
The edit looks much cleaner and sharper now.
Good insight, c00per, as always... you should hold a class, I think.
I am in love with the concept, and I think flaws have been fixed with the edit.