Hope you read our previous article in which we learn about four types of selection tools. Now we come to our next tool of selection that is, Lasso tool.
As we have seen in the previous tutorial, we make selections either rectangular or elliptical. Now, what about freehand selections? For that, we use a Lasso tool. It is mainly used to draw freehand selections. By using the lasso tool, you can make precise selections. This tool looks like a lasso which you should find a cowboy swinging at a rodeo.
There are three variations of Lasso tool-
To select a lasso tool, just press M on your keyboard. The other two tools are hiding behind the standard lasso tool in the tools panel. You can switch between the three tools by pressing Shift + L.
Now we start our tutorial by Standard lasso tool.
STANDARD LASSO TOOL – Of all the selection tools in Photoshop, this tool is very easy to use. With this tool, you simply draw a freehand selection around the object or an area which you want to select. It works in a similar way as you would outline something on the piece of paper with a pen or pencil.
Removing a selection – When you are done with a selection, you can remove it by simply press Ctrl + D on your keyboard.
POLYGON LASSO TOOL – This tool is useful to make straight-edged selections. It means with this tool; you can draw straight edges around the object. It doesn’t work for making circular curves or lines. Now we learn how the polygon lasso tool works step by step-
You can make very precise selections using this tool. You can zoom the image and precisely select pixel by pixel with this tool.
You can also copy your selection on a new layer. After making your selection right-click on it. You will a list of several options. From that list, select Layer via copy. With this, your selection will be copied to a new layer. You will check in the Layers panel. Its shortcut key is Ctrl + J. You can also make a duplicate layer by using this shortcut key.
Now we come to the third tool that is a magnetic lasso tool.
MAGNETIC LASSO TOOL – This tool has the most precision of all the tools in the group. It makes easy to draw precise selection borders. It automatically snaps to the edges of the image and automatically selects the pixels around them. Photoshop cannot see your image. For it, every image is a collection of pixels. So, when we say, Photoshop automatically selects pixels along the edges, it calculates the light, texture, and contrast between a range of pixels and decides its edge.
You simply click once on the edge of an object you want to select and release a mouse button. Then carefully drag along the edges of an object and you will see how the magnetic lasso tool snaps to the edges.
You can also change the cursor by pressing Caps Lock.
The magnetic lasso tool is one of the most important tools in Photoshop as it is useful for making fine selections. If you are zooming in an image, you can select the finest of details of an image.
One thing you keep in mind is that try to work on images while zooming in. Because it gives you precise results. So, here we finish our article with three more selection tools. Hope you will understand our tutorial and practicing what we told in our articles.
In the next article, we will learn about two other selection tools that are the Quick selection tool and the Magic wand tool.
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