The Lasso tool in Photoshop lets you quickly make freeform shape selections to any photograph. In this training video, Chris Orwig shows you just how fast the Lasso tool is for not only selecting areas of an image, but how helpful the tool is with retouching blemishes or removing unwanted objects.
In this movie we're going to have some fun working with the Lasso tool. Here we'll be looking at two different things, we'll start off by looking at how we can create a freeform selection and then Copy that selection to a new Layer. We'll also talk about how we can use the Lasso tool in order to make some corrections, in order to remove objects from the image as well. Go ahead and choose the Lasso tool, you can find it over here in the Tools panel. You notice that up in the Options bar we can add Feather if we want to. Let's go ahead and add a few pixels of Feather just so we have softer edges.
The way that this tool works is you pick a point to start and then you click and hold down your mouse button and drag. Here what I want to do is make a selection of some letters. I'm going to go ahead and select some of these letters. I'm just going to click through here and make my way over here. Again, just choosing some of these letters. You can see how it gives us the ability to make these freeform selections really easily. I'm just dragging along the image. You need to go back to the area where you started and then let go.
It will connect those two points and it will activate your selection. Now, like with the other Selection tools we can add or subtract the selection. If we want to include another E over here, hold down the Shift key on a Mac or Windows and click and drag around that. You can see how we added that to the selection. I'm just going to go ahead and loop around these guys too and just keep adding to the selections so we have more Es added there. If we want to remove from the selection, press and hold Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and what you want to do is again, just think of lassoing these up.
You need to go back towards where you started. You can see how it subtracted that from our selection there as well. After you've made some sort of a freeform selection, you may want to do something to that area. Change the way it looks or Copy it to a new Layer. Let's Copy this to a new Layer just so that we can see what we have here. To do that we'll use our keyboard-shortcut-combo we've already learned, that's Command J on a Mac or Control J on Windows. Here you can see we have just the area of the image which we selected on a separate Layer, so that we could then modify this or continue to work with it.
As we started to see the Lasso tool is a phenomenal tool when it comes to needing to be able to make kind of freeform shape selections. It's not only good for selecting something and putting it on new Layer, it's also really, really good when it comes to making corrections, maybe deleting something or getting rid of an object that you want to get rid of. Here's how we can do that. On the Background Layer we can go ahead and use the Lasso tool and make a selection over these letters or this object. Perhaps it's something distracting in the background or a blemish on the face, whatever.
We make the selection, then press Delete on Mac, Backspace on Windows, that calls up our Content Aware Fill dialogue. In the Fill dialogue we're going to choose Content Aware, then click Okay and here what it's going to do it's going to cover up all of that using that magical Content Aware technology and get rid of those objects. Now, you may be wondering, "Okay, well Chris this is great except "what about if you aren't on the Background Layer?" Well, if you're on a separate Layer, here I'll Duplicate the Layer, and we're right here.
In order to call up Content Aware, there is a shortcut or you can just go to the Edit pull-down menu and choose Fill. There's a shortcut, it's Shift F5. If you're on a laptop that usually means it's Shift F N F5. Either way, we'll choose Edit, then Fill. In this Fill dialogue, again we want to select Content Aware and then click Okay. You can see that it allows us to be able to remove an object from the frame. Here I'll go ahead and select this V, go to Edit and choose Fill and then click Okay and you get a feel for the rhythm of this.
It won't always get it perfect on the first time, although we can keep making our way through our photographs. Whether we're retouching a portrait or landscape or whatever it is, here you can see it really helped to be able to make a selection of that area quickly with this Lasso tool because it gave us that free form selection so that we could then apply the needed correction.
- Using the Marquee Selection tools
- Changing the color of a selection
- Inverting a selection
- Selecting a shape with the Polygonal Lasso tool
- Working with the Magic Wand
- Removing a subject from the background
- Selecting color with Color Range
- Creating custom masks
- Copying a mask
- Selecting and modifying at the same time