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Chapter 2. Selection Primer > Magnetic Lasso Tool

Magnetic Lasso Tool

Whereas the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso tools are relatively straightforward, the Magnetic Lasso tool has a bunch of neat tricks up its sleeve. This tool can be a huge timesaver in that it allows you to trace around the edge of an object without having to be overly precise. You don't have to break a sweat making all of those tiny, painstaking movements with your mouse. Instead, you can make big sloppy selections, and the Magnetic Lasso will do the fine-tuning for you (you don't even have to hold down the mouse button). What's more, if it doesn't do a great job in certain areas, you can hold down Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) to temporarily access the freeform Lasso tool. However, before using the Magnetic Lasso tool, you'll want to experiment with its settings in the options bar (Figures 2.30 to 2.32). If you do nothing else, pay close attention to the Edge Contrast setting.

Figure 2.31. The Magnetic Lasso options bar.



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