I just got a copy of the Adobe Master Collection CS5 and am experimenting with a lot of new features. Photoshop CS5 sees a significant boost in terms of ease of use (time saving) for photographers a like.
Two particular functions that would interest photographers the most is probably the “Content aware fill” as well as the totally cool “puppet warp” tool, first seen in the motion video editing program After Effects.
Together, content aware fill and puppet warp is your most powerful weapon for image objects manipulation.
Here is an example I just created using both tools.
First, you use content aware fill to remove the flowers for the background.
Then, you extract the flowers into a separate layer use the new selection tool called “quick selection tool”
Once you have the flower extracted, you can then go to Edit->Puppet Warp to apply all the movement effects to the flower.
To create animated gif, you then make multiple layers of the flower selection, and apply puppet warp to each layer to form a motion effect.
Finally, compile the layers into animated gif and “save for web & devices”