Select with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Amanda, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can use the lasso tool in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. To begin, you should have a document open, or a new document created. You can see I've already got an existing document open. Once you do too, your screen will look similar to mine, and you'll have a toolbar running down the left-hand side.
Mouse over the third icon from the top.
Right-click the icon.
It might look like a magnet, a polygon, or a lasso.
Click "Lasso Tool".
The icon will now look like a lasso. This is the first tool we're going to show today.
Mouse over the image on the canvas.
As we can see, the cursor looks like an arrow with a lasso beneath it.
Left-click, hold, and drag with the mouse.
Drag as desired. It's quite a loose line.
Drag back to meet the starting point.
Release the left mouse button.
The line will sort of shimmer.
Click the first icon from the top in the left-hand toolbar.
It looks like a mouse cursor.
Left-click on the shape inside the shimmering line.
Hold and drag. We can see that this is a separate area. It's a shape we can drag around. Release when ready to drop the shape.
Press "Alt" and "Ctrl" and "Z" to undo.
We are resetting the image so we can show more examples.
Click "Select" in the navigation bar that runs along the top of the screen.
This will undo the lasso selection we made.
Right-click the lasso icon in the left-hand toolbar.
Click "Polygonal Lasso Tool".
Mouse over the image.
Note that the cursor carries a differently shaped lasso with it.
Click on the image to begin using the tool.
We don't have to keep our finger on the mouse for this one. It just holds the shape for us.
Move the mouse to another point and click again.
Every time we click, we create an end point for the line, and start a new line.
Keep clicking new spots to set the lines.
Click back on the starting point when ready to finish selecting.
This tool creates much straighter edges. The selection takes more of a rigid shape. The other lasso tool was more freehand.
Alternatively, double-click near the starting point.
The tool will automatically match the corners for us. Note that again, the lines shimmer to show the borders of the shape we selected.
Click the first icon at the top of the left-hand toolbar.
This gives us back a regular cursor.
Click and hold anywhere in the shape, and drag to move it around.
Click "Select" in the navigation menu along the top of the screen.
Alternatively, we can press "Ctrl" and "D" on the keyboard. We are deselecting the area so we can demonstrate the final lasso tool option.
Right-click on the lasso tool icon in the left-hand toolbar.
Click "Magnetic Lasso Tool".
Mouse over the image.
The icon attached to the cursor almost looks the same as the polygonal tool icon. It has a small magnet with it.
Move the mouse.
We don't have to hold the button down. The tool will try and find a shape relevant to what we might want to trace. It's not perfect, but it generally gets the shape for us. In a lot of cases, this tool can be a little bit too rough. In other cases, depending on what we're doing, it can be a real time saver.
Trace back to the starting point.
Click on the starting point to connect, or double-click near it to have the tool connect automatically.
Again, we get the shimmery line to show our selection.
Click on the cursor icon at the top of the left-hand toolbar.
Click and hold within the selection and drag to move the shape.
It's another separate area.
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Video: Select with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop CS6
Recent edits by: Amanda, Freya