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Using the Marquee and Lasso tools


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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

with Julieanne Kost

Video: Using the Marquee and Lasso tools

A lot of the time when you're working in Photoshop, you're going to want to make changes to an isolated section of an image, and selections and masking help us do this. Probably, the most common selection tools in Photoshop are the Marquee tools and the Lasso tools. You can access the Marquee tool by tapping the M key and the Lasso tool by tapping the L key. Let's start with the Marquee tool and I'm going to open a New document at the Default Photoshop Size. We'll zoom in to fill the screen with white to make sure that we can see the selection or the marching ants that we're going to draw.
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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training
10h 30m Beginner Apr 26, 2012

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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.

The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Organizing images in Bridge
  • Adding metadata such as copyrights and keywords
  • Editing in Camera Raw versus in Photoshop
  • Retouching in Camera Raw
  • Batch processing files
  • Customizing the Photoshop workspaces
  • Choosing a file format and resolution
  • Cropping, scaling, and rotating images
  • Working with layers, including merging and flattening layers
  • Creating selections and layer masks
  • Toning and changing the color of images
  • Adjusting shadows and highlights
  • Retouching and cloning
  • Creating panoramas from multiple images
  • Adding filters and sharpening
  • Working with blend modes
  • Adding type
  • Working with video in Photoshop CS6
Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Julieanne Kost

Using the Marquee and Lasso tools

A lot of the time when you're working in Photoshop, you're going to want to make changes to an isolated section of an image, and selections and masking help us do this. Probably, the most common selection tools in Photoshop are the Marquee tools and the Lasso tools. You can access the Marquee tool by tapping the M key and the Lasso tool by tapping the L key. Let's start with the Marquee tool and I'm going to open a New document at the Default Photoshop Size. We'll zoom in to fill the screen with white to make sure that we can see the selection or the marching ants that we're going to draw.

With the Marquee tool selected, if you click- and-drag out, you'll drag out your selection. If you position your cursor inside of the selection and click-and-drag, you can reposition the selection and you're not moving any of the pixels underneath the selection. You're only moving the marquee. To deselect, you can click anywhere inside or outside of the selection with the Selection tool. If we want a square, we can click to start dragging the marquee and hold down the Shift key.

That will constrain our selection to a square. Likewise, if we were dragging with the Elliptical Marquee tool, it would constrain our selection to a circle. If I want to drag a selection from the center, I can hold down the Option or the Alt key and then start dragging. You can see here how the selection is dragging from the center outwards. Of course, we combine that with the Shift key and get a perfect square. If we wanted to add to this selection, we can either hold down the Shift key or we can select the second icon in the Options Bar.

Now if I click-and-drag out, I can add this additional area to my selection. I can click-and-drag again to add additional area. If I wanted to subtract a portion of the selection, I can select the third icon. You'll notice that each time I select one of these different icons, the actual icon in the image area changes. Here I have the crosshairs with the minus (-) which is telling it's going to subtract. If I choose the second icon, then I get the crosshairs with a plus (+) telling me that I'm going to add to my selection.

So let's go ahead and subtract out this area from the selection. I can click-and-drag again to subtract out that area. What we're doing when we create these selections is we're creating a mask, so that if we do something to our image, whatever we do will only happen within the selection or within those marching ants. For example, if I go to the Edit menu and I choose Fill, I can fill this with a color, maybe yellow. Click OK and OK again, you can see that the whole canvas wasn't filled; only the area inside the marching ants or inside of the selection was changed.

Now in order to deselect with this third icon selected, I can't just click in this area because Photoshop is expecting me to click-and-drag, but I can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+ or Ctrl+D, or I can use the Select menu to Deselect. If you accidentally deselect a selection, you can use the Select menu again in order to Reselect it. For now I'll leave it deselected and I'm going to switch over to the Elliptical Marquee tool. If I wanted to punch a hole in this rectangle here, I could click-and-drag in order to create a circle. Watch how I drag.

I'll start my point of origin up in the corner here of the rectangle and click-and-drag. If I hold down the Shift key, we'll get a perfect circle. What I wanted to show you was that when you draw with the Elliptical Marquee tool, you're not going to start drawing from here. You want to imagine that there are parallel lines here to the top and to the side and you need to start your point of origin there. If we want to add another circle, we can select the second icon and click-and-drag in order to add another circle.

Again, hold down the Shift key to constrain it. At this point if I like the selections but they're just a little bit too large, I would want to transform them. However, you don't want to use the Edit menu, Free Transform because this would transform the pixels. Instead, we'll go under the Select menu and we'll choose Transform Selection. Then I can hold down the Option and the Shift key to transform from the center, reposition them, and when I tap Enter or Return, you'll see that none of the pixels were transformed, only the selection marquees.

So I can select Edit and then Fill, and we could fill this with another color, or in this case White, in order to punch a hole through the rectangle. If we wanted to draw some free-form lines, then we can select the Lasso tool. You'll notice that as I draw, I can create any kind of shape that I want. If I want a sharp-edged shape, then I'll move over to the Polygon Lasso tool. I'll click once to deselect and now if I click, click, click, and click, you can see that Photoshop is drawing straight lines in between each one of my clicks.

When I'm finished, I can either double- click to close the selection or I can position my cursor over the start of the selection, I get the little circle that tells me that it would close that selection and I can click. So the Marquee tools are excellent for drawing your geometric shapes. The Lasso tool is much better for free-form shapes. And of course, you can use any of these in combination with each other to make more complex selections.

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