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In Painter 11 Essential Training, John Derry, one of the original Painter authors, demonstrates basic and advanced creative techniques that can get beginners up and running. He also shows old hands the new features that can get a creative vision out of the head and onto the canvas. John demonstrates how to establish an easy workflow in Painter by using a Wacom tablet, and he explains how to create, edit, and publish projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download the Painter/Photoshop Consistent Color Management PDF and the Brush Troubleshooting Checklist PDF from the Exercise Files tab.
In this video, we're going to take a look at the Lasso tool. The Lasso tool is designed for creating free-hand selections. This is going to be really useful for selecting irregularly shaped image elements. We're going to select the Lasso tool by going up to where you find your Rectangular Selection tool, but if you Click and hold, you'll get a little flyout menu and we're going to go over to the little Lasso tool and now we have our Lasso tool active. A couple of things I'm going to tell you here is that when you're selecting an irregular object, this is where the page rotation can come in really handy.
And I'm going to be using that here to show you because as I'm drawing, I'm going to just use this little African head sculpture to work on. So when it gets to certain angles, it's sometimes nice to just have a correct angle on this that's going to be comfortable. So I'm going to move my image area out here a little bit and this just lets me rotate to get what my eye looks like. That's maybe a little bit better angle. The other thing what works well when selecting is to get close to the image. So I'm using in this case my Command or Ctrl and plus key to zoom in and get it up here.
And here is going to be that issue and I'm going to show you this. I'm going to start to draw. Now you need a steady hand for this and some people don't necessarily feel that they have that kind of steady hand. So while I'm showing you the facility of the Lasso tool, it also has it's limitations and one of them is if I would pick up right now because I want to adjust my angle or something, watch what happens. You see it automatically completes and right there, that can be somewhat aggravating. Now, I'll go ahead and start again and redo it and I do a lot of selecting, so don't be frustrated if you try to do what I'm doing.
It's like "how he is doing that?" Well, I do it a lot and for that reason I got a developed eye for it. But you can find that this can sometimes be a little difficult to do and because of that, I'm going to be showing you some other tools that can take the place of this that are much more of facile at doing this kind of work. Now, once you've made a selection, one of the most obvious things to do with it is to make a layer out of it and all I have to do is just at this point, Copy which is Command+C or Ctrl+C and then I'm going to do Command or Ctrl+V for Paste and that just made a copy.
So now, I can pick this up and move it around. And let's go ahead. I'm going to hold down my Space, then Option or Alt key, which is going to temporarily give me my Rotate tool, and just by clicking once in the image, that brings it back to normal orientation. But you can see now I've got a copy of this. So, we could play around and put it somewhere else in the image as well. But the basic idea here is that the Lasso tool gives you this ability to isolate a particular area of an image, so that you can work on it. Now, one last thing I want to mention is you remember that, we can also add and subtract.
So after I make a selection, if I have a little anomaly or some place where I slipped a little bit, you can always go back and using your plus or your Shift key to add, or your Option or Alt key to remove areas. You can finesse that edge so that you get exactly the selection you want. But in the next video I'm going to show you even a better way to do this, so that you don't have to be so perfect as you are drawing, and fearful that if you accidentally pick up your pin, you're going to have to start over again. So let's take a look at the Polygonal Selection tool in the next video.
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