Tutorial: Lasso Tool Tip (scroll view) in Photoshop
Screenshots from Photoshop CS2, will work with all Photoshop (and Elements) Versions.
I love using the lasso tool to extract pictures to use in
my layouts. The lasso tool is located on the tool bar. To make your
tool bar visible click on Windows > Tools. All the options of
the lasso tool can be seen by clicking on the fly out arrow on the
bottom right corner of the tool.
I usually set my feather to 2. This will make
the edge less sharp to allow it to blend into the new background
you will be using. I like the magnetic lasso tool and seem to use
it the most. It will look for the edge for me and place points as
I move along my subject. If you select the lasso tool, you will
need to click along the edge as you go to make the point selections.
I usually will zoom in close to my subject to make sure my magnetic
lasso is on the edge. This is where this tip will be very useful.
When you zoom in close, you then find yourself at the edge of the
photo and when your lasso hits the edge of the photo it jumps and
make a goofy selection. So right before you get to the edge click
and hold your "SPACEBAR". This will bring up a hand. This
hand will allow you to move your image around in the screen. Once
you have the proper area, release the spacebar and continue on with
you lasso tool.
In this example I want to cut out my son and
kittens from the background. I will zoom in close and start using
my magnetic lasso, set at a feather of 2. When I get to the edge
of my window click and hold the "SPACEBAR". You will see
a hand appear. Then just drag you photo to the new area you want
to work with.
Continue working until you completely lasso the
entire area. Then double click and you have your selection you can
cut and copy onto a new layer.
Once you have your selection on a new layer you
can turn off the visibility of the original layer (click on the
little eye). Add you new background and you are done.
For a printable copy of this tutorial, click here.