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The next tool we are going to take a look at is the Lasso tool. Now the Lasso tool, unlike the Rectangular Selection, which can only create horizontal vertical selections, this allows me to freehand select an area. And what I am going to do in this particular video is I am going to select this one rock in this little configuration of stones on the porch. And usually when you're doing this, you want to get pretty close to your image. If not 100% even more, because the more closer you are zoomed in, the more detail oriented you can be, and you can actually follow the lines a little better.
So I am going to select the Lasso tool here, and I'm just going to start to follow the edge of this, and I've been doing this a long time, so if you are trying and it's like, how was he able to do that? It's just experience really helps and don't be frustrated if you can't initially do this. It's just an eye/hand coordination type of thing, but the idea here is, now I am going to kind of make a couple of mistakes on purpose, because I want to show you how the addition and subtraction is something that we used before that could be helpful.
If I go in here and hold down my Option or Alt key again, I can go ahead and actually subtract from my selection. And here's another area where I want to just do a little bit of subtraction. And then on this side, if I hold down the Shift key, I can add to my selection once again. So all of the Selection tools have this capability and in every case, it'll be the Shift key that allows you to add to your selection and the Option or Alt key that allows you to subtract from the selection.
So you can get as refined as you want about this. I see another little area here, where I might want to go in, and I am going to add to that selection just a little bit. But the idea here is that, I can use a freehand mode to select items that I may want to select within an image. I see one last little one here I am going to add to, maybe just a little bit more and this is where even zooming sometimes will help. So, now that I've got that, what can I do with it? Well, the basic thing I am going to do is here is if I do Ctrl+C or Command+C for Copy, and then Ctrl+V or Command+V for Paste, I have now pasted a copy right in place.
If I go ahead and pick this up and move it with the Layer Adjuster tool, I've now got a second copy of this little river stone. So if we go back here, I could take this, for example, and you know, maybe set it you know, somewhere else. Now it maybe a little fake, in that there is two exactly like it, so this isn't necessarily a highly functional use of how you do this. But you get the idea, it's just gives you a way to start to replicate an image, or you may even copy this and then use it in another image. That's probably a more likely scenario here.
But the basic idea is that the Lasso tool enables you to select irregular objects and then be able to either duplicate them or tint them differently, as long as it's selected, it's masking that specific area. And you have got a whole world of possibilities with the various tools in Painter that you can use to alter the look of that image. In the next video, we will take a look at a little bit more controlled method for following the edges of irregular shaped objects.
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