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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
In continuing our pursuit of making good selections, here we're going to take a look at another few selection tools. These are the Lasso tools. You'll find them underneath the Marquee tools. If you click on this icon here and hold it down, here you can see we have three different Lasso tools. The first one is just kind of a Free Form Lasso tool. Let's take a look at how we can use this one and also the other two and then target the Background layer. This allows us to make a selection which is really just free form. In this case, I'm just going to drag around this photograph here, and this is a picture of a picture.
This was a photograph that was hanging on a wall, and I'll go ahead and just drag around this and then go ahead and come back to the beginning. You need to create a loop. And by doing so, I can select just this area of the photograph. Now as with our other tools, we can either have hard or soft edges. By default, there's no Feather. You can either add that Feather before you start creating the selection, or with any of the selection tools, you can right-click or Ctrl-click. That gives us access to this Feather dialog, and you can add this after the fact.
Well, here I don't want to add a Feather or Radius, so I'll simply click Cancel. I want a nice hard edge because I want to cut this out of the original Background layer. Well, to do that, you make the selection as we did here and then press your shortcut key which allows you to copy or duplicate. It's Command+J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on Windows. Now if we look at the Layers panel, what that did is it just copied the area which I had selected. It's almost like I had a small pair of scissors, and I just kind of cut that out.
And so this can be helpful when you want to make a rough or kind of free form selections that you might trim up or fix up later. Let's go ahead and delete this layer, and let's take a look at another tool. You can go ahead and click and hold down on the Lasso icon, and underneath it we have one which is called the Polygonal Lasso tool. This one allows you create selections where you have straight lines. Let's say here with this photograph, rather than having this image inside of the frame, I want this layer, right here, to be inside of that framed area.
So I want to select this image and then delete it or remove it. The Polygonal Lasso tool is a great tool for that. What you do first is click to set your original point and then reposition. And here, I'm just going to go ahead and click around the edge of this and I'm clicking a little bit outside of the picture, just making sure I have a nice selected area. And you can see that I now have this area selected. So on this layer, I can delete this or get rid of this. Because this layer is unlocked, you can do that by simply pressing the Delete or Backspace key.
Next, let's deselect. You can go to Select and then choose Deselect, and now we have a hole inside of this layer. Well, I want to fill that up with my image. So we'll turn on the visibility of this top layer here and then reorder those layers. We've learned this before that whatever layer is above covers what's underneath. So we want this to be underneath and just be behind that top layer there. We can then click and drag to reposition this, so we can see that this image is now filling in that space. And in this case, the Polygonal Lasso tool, well, it really helps us out in order of made the selection with really nice straight lines.
Let's take a look at another image. What about a photograph like this where you want to, let's say, remove the leaf from the background? We can't use our Free Form Crop tool. We can't use these Marquee tools. Really, in a situation like this, one of the tools--if we're using one of these top tools that we might use, is the Magnetic Lasso. This is a fascinating tool. Again, you click the set an anchor point, but then you just move your cursor along the edge. By moving your cursor along the edge, you're telling Photoshop to analyze or pay attention to this edge.
As I do this, you can see that, well, it's setting these little points. You can set your own too by simply clicking. If there's an area that's kind of complicated and you think Photoshop might have trouble trying to figure out, well, just click and then go ahead and click all the way around to finish that off. Again, it functions a lot like the other Lasso tools, yet here you can see it really helped us to select this area of our photograph. Once again, let's copy this to a new layer. We'll do so by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J. That will then copy that leaf by itself on a different layer.
So this tool, well, it really helps us out in the situations where we have edges that have nice contrast or detail. And this particular tool and the other tools, well, they give us just access or ability to make these different selections which we'll then many times want to further modify. Let's go ahead and delete our top layer and then let's continue our conversation about making good selections. And let's do that in the next movie.
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