Picture-Perfect Presents

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Since calories don't count during the holiday season, it's the perfect time to share your talent in the kitchen or garden. And instead of using plain jars or bottles, give your famous homemade goodies the attractive and personal labeling they deserve -- featuring yours truly, of course.

For these projects, we used Adobe Photoshop LE's Quick Mask tools to extract the faces we wanted from the backgrounds we didn't. (For step-by-step instruction on removing a photo's background in Photoshop, see "Get to the Good Stuff." ) Once you've separated the subject from the rest of the photo, you can place it on different scanned backgrounds or in your hand-drawn designs. --Artist: Eleanor Leishman

TOOLBOX For this project you'll need digital copies of family photographs, Adobe Photoshop (the $609 full version or $99 Limited Edition), photo-quality ink-jet paper, and a color ink-jet printer.

Associate Editor KELLY LUNSFORD provides tips and ideas for creating handmade crafts with the Mac in her Homemade Mac column on Macworld.com.

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