Use Lasso Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Adobe Illustrator CS6 either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator on the list. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace. We need a document now.
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    Click "File" in the horizontal menu in the top-left corner
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK"
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    With our document ready, you need shapes.
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    Let's change the "Fill" color by clicking the box in the vertical toolbar
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    Let's create three object using "Star Tool"
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    To access "Star Tool", click and drag "Rectangle Tool" to the right. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create basic shapes and how to get perfect shapes.
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    When creating the next shape, make sure that you use "Selection Tool" to click away from the object
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    Then, click "Star Tool" again.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    It's in the vertical toolbar on the left side of the window. If you have a more complicated object, you can use other selection tools. There is another VisiHow tutorial about these tools.
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    Click and drag the blue frame over all of the shapes to highlight them with the marquee
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    A blue frame and anchor points will appear, letting us know that the shapes are now ready for editing.
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    You can select only one shape by clicking it
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    To include the next shape in the selection, press "Shift" and click the object
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    Click away from the objects
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    "Lasso Tool" is basically a selection tool, but it works in the same way as pen and paper to select very specific areas.
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    Click the "Lasso Tool" option in the vertical toolbar to the left
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    The option has a circle with an arrow inside.
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    You can click and drag the cursor to draw a line around an object to cut out a particular shape so long as you remember to close the path
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    Create a rough line as you would with "Pencil Tool". Once the paths are connected, release the mouse button. The object will become selected. Then, you can proceed to copy or manipulate that particular area.
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    Click "Selection Tool"
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    Click an area away from objects
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    This will deselect the object.
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    Click "Lasso Tool"
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    What makes "Lasso Tool" interesting is that you can use it to select one area of an object.
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    Draw a closed loop around one point of a star
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    The point will be selected.
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    With one anchor point selected, use the arrows on the keyboard to alter the shape
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    You can select more than one point by drawing a loop around two points
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    With two anchor points selected, use the arrows on the keyboard to alter the shape
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    "Lasso Tool" is good for selecting one or several anchor points of one object, because it gives you a lot of freedom to manipulate specific points. If you want to select a whole object, however, it is recommended to use other selection tools. There are other VisiHow tutorials about the selection tools.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Lasso Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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