How to Select Things with Straight Edges in Adobe Photoshop CC
Hey there in this tutorial, we're going to look at the lasso tool. It's super quick for doing little selections like this with things that have straight edges or this little icon here. I just need to quickly grab a little chunk of it. You can see the selection is not perfect but it's the quick and dirty selection tool that you really need for your toolkit. I use it often enough that I feel like I should share it with you guys as well. Let's jump in there and learn how to use it. Let's get started by going to file. Let's go to open where an 05 selections still were on last sue and click Open. I wanted to show you a graphic like we end up in Photoshop a lot with images but I use it for a lot of web design, ui app design infographics, that type of thing as well. So I'm using this graphic here because it kind of best demonstrates using these last few tools. So the lasso tool is this third one down here in my toolbar. If you click hold it down and we're going to use these top to the last on...
e here. The magnetic lasso tool. I would jump straight to the quick selection tool rather than this one. Some people like it. But the quick selection, we've learned lots and it's better in my opinion. So the lasso tool is it's like a lasso. It's making a selection, right? So we're gonna go click hold and drag, let's say we wanna grab this icon for whatever reason you want to copy it to another document or just move it around in this document because at the moment all of these things are fused to the background so I'm gonna click hold and drag my mouse and I'm being pretty rough, really rough and just get all the way back to roughly the beginning and then let go of your mouse and it's made a selection. I can go to edit copy, edit paste and now my move tool you'll see he's been pasted on his own land and it's just handy for like moving things around. It's not absolutely perfect mask because you can see it's really rough but there are lots of times where I just need to quickly move something around. I'm not going to spend the time using the quick selection tool and select the mask. And I just wanna just wanna do a hatchet job. It would be wrong for me to move through the selections part of this course without showing you how to do the hatchet jobs. Let's look at the other tool that I use reasonably often the polygonal lasso tool or polygonal or whatever it's called, click, click and hold down the lasso tool, grab the second option. Now we'll use this in a little bit more preciseness. Let's zoom in. I'm making it worse today. Okay let's say I want this part to go to a different document. Okay now what happens with this is you click once and then let go of your mouse and it's kind of attached. So I'm not not holding anything down now, I'm not dragging or anything and you just click again, click again and click again. And then when you get back to the beginning, can you see the icon changes from the kind of normal little gun thing to the one that has a little zero. Their little oh just say I'm going to close you up. Okay so that's what we're gonna do. It's gonna select de select. So I'm going to start here, click once, click once again click once again click once again you can see it's just a handy way of instead of trying to use the quick selection tool when you know it's just some rough shapes. That's a missed a little bit of the top. But you get the idea right now I can go copy. Um at the moment I'm on the wrong layers for a copy it's doing some weird stuff so make sure you're on your background layer. Hit copy, edit copy, edit paste. Now you move to and I've got this thing now that's been nicely cut out. Okay that I could copy and paste to a new document. And this is less of a hatchet job, it's a perfectly sharp edge. So why wouldn't I use the lasso tool to make it a perfectly sharp selection if this felt like a really kind of quick tutorial. I guess I only use it for quick things. If it's not going to be a quick job using these two tools, you're probably going to move to something like the quick selection tool and be adding and removing and then tidying up with the selected mask. But if it's speed, you need the lasso tool could be perfect for you. Let's talk that way in the back of your toolkit and move onto the next video.