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Hour 5. Making Selections and Using Layers > Selecting with the Lasso Tools

Selecting with the Lasso Tools

Marquees are great when you have to select something with nice neat edges, or if you want to draw and fill a shape. For selecting small bits of a picture or pulling one flower out of a bunch, they’re not the best tools for the job. That’s when you need a Lasso. Use the Lasso to draw a selection line that is a single pixel wide around any object. As long as you’re dragging the mouse while holding down its button, the Lasso tool will draw a line where you want it. As soon as you release the mouse button, the two ends of the line automatically connect, giving you a selection box in the shape you’ve drawn.

In addition to the “regular” lasso, you have two others, the Polygonal Lasso and the Magnetic Lasso. The Polygonal Lasso tool Options bar is shown in Figure 5.4.


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