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Selections: Lasso/Polygonal Lasso

Lesson 17 from: Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

Selections: Lasso/Polygonal Lasso

Lesson 17 from: Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

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17. Selections: Lasso/Polygonal Lasso


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Selections: Lasso/Polygonal Lasso

Let's go back over here. We'll take a peek at a couple other things. Um, in this image, I don't know where I come up with this. So we have some ranchers and horse in the background and one tool that people also have a hard time understanding how they'd ever use is the Freehand lasso here? So you thought earlier when I used it to draw around the rocks on the puffin thing toe clean up the garbage league look, that was there. But another way that you can use it is sometimes you just want to maybe separate thing. So let's say we have the this image and we have a background. We have a horse. We have two ranchers that are on one layer, and we have this sun flare layer. But let's say that these two ranchers, maybe we want to separate them to not be in the same layer. Maybe we want to adjust them. Maybe I want to move her so she slightly standing like in front of him. And I can't do that if they're both on the same layer. When I grab the move tool, they they're just gonna move together. So we ...

need to put them in separate layers. So one way to do that, it would be to grab the lasso marquee and make sure that you're on the ranchers layer. And then I'm just going to do a quick grab around just her. I don't even have to try hard, because if I hide all the layers in the document, she's she's just on a layer with nothing but him, so I don't have to even stick to her. So I just have to make a selection that includes her and doesn't include him. Other than that, it could be a sloppy is you want. Now I'm gonna cut her out of this layer and put her in her own layer. There's a keyboard shortcut for that, but I'll spare you for now. Let's go up to the, uh, layer menu up here at the top of the workspace. So layer new and we're going to choose, uh, layer via cut. So shift commander Control J. Nothing happens over here in the in the image. When we look at it, it looks like nothing happened, but in the layers panel. Look at that. Our rancher is now on his own layer and our other rancher is on her layer, which means But now I can get my move tool and I can't talk her over here. She could be behind him or in front of him. That doesn't look quite right. But so you can use the lasso tool to clean up things like that is well, and sometimes you might have things on a layer together and you really want to separate them. So all of those times kinds of things, they all require selections. Here's another example. This is a little different than what you may have expected. Um, we're gonna put a birthday hat on this elevate because, of course, so sometimes you're selecting things to move them and copy them or paste them or edit them. Or sometimes maybe you're just gonna kind of draw something or fill in an area with color. So in this case, we're gonna use the polygonal lasso tool, so lasso families with the L is the short cut, and then we want the polygonal lasso tool. It's kind of like Spiderman ITT's. I call it like the Spider Man tool to, because when you click with it and actually forget, uh, exactly how he was going to do this. But anyway, when you click with it, um, it sets down an anchor point a limb, you draw straight lines. So this is why I call it Spider Man, cause you can, like, swing around like that. So everywhere that you want to nail down part of your web, you click. So I'll click over here and I'll come over here with the really tall hat and I'll click up here, Um, and you'll notice Let me actually do that over, cause I forgot to show you that when you come back to the beginning, you'll see this little circle to the bottom right of your icon that lets you know that you're back home and you're gonna close the loop. So when you see the circle, you can click once, or if you don't want to mess with the circle, you can just be anywhere and just double click, and it will connect for you. So anyway, here's our, um, hat. So now I'm gonna fill this in with the color so we'll go to my swatches panel and I'll choose Red and I've got that selected here now I can do a keyboard shortcut to spare me from all the menu options. The keyboard shortcut to fill with your foreground color is Ault or option delete. Now why does it have stripes? And how is that possible? Because I already added a little effect here for a pattern overlay. We'll learn about that leader. So we have a striped birthday hat, and if we really want to get fancy, we can add a Grady into this. Now, the Grady int is, uh that's a thing that I thought I clipped here, but it doesn't stick. For some reason, the Grady int is applying over the whole image. I just want it to be on the hat. So what we can dio is turn this on this layer that I've provided you with. And here's another lesson for you. We're gonna create what's called a clipping mask. So to keep the radiant from showing up across the whole image and to Onley, have it appear on the hat. I will clip it, clip the Grady int to the hat by holding the altar option key. And when I hover my cursor between those two layers, I get this funky icon. And when I click this layer now, Onley appears where the hat is. So here's what Here's the difference that that makes it creates more of the illusion of that hat being curved around the elephants head. And when it's not clipped, then this layer is on top of the whole image. So that's just all tor Option A. One way that I like to explain. Clipping masks is, um, like preschool art when you think of the glittering glue projects that you or your kids have made, where you take like a plate and you scribble on it with blue, and then you dumped glitter on top of it, and the glitter sticks to the glue, and then you can shake off the rest and you're left with some cool art piece, right? This is the same thing, So this is the glitter, and it only sticks where you have glue. So that's called a clipping mask. So the glitter is clipped or glued to the layer below. It's a really neat, handy thing, Um, and then I made a pom pom. You could turn on your pom pom layer hoops targeted, and then he can have a pom pom. And, of course, then there were some silliness happening

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Kim Williams

I tuned into this class hoping to glean what I cold since it was free. I ended up purchasing the class because it is FILLED with so much great information in a fun and easy to understand format. Khara is an amazing instructor - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Worth EVERY penny. Thank you Creative Live for offering such great material, at even more amazing prices.


What an unbelievable teacher Khara is. I have wanted to learn photoshop forever but was intimidated, overwhelmed, then I watched this course. OMG I learnt so much, more then I imagined. I am so excited now to start using Photoshop, I can't wait to try out everything she taught us. With the skills we learnt over these two days I think this course provides everything I need to know to feel and more. She was outstanding, the absolute perfect teacher for someone who has never ever used Photoshop. Also great moderation by Kenna. Thank you for this awesome, amazing, wonderful course. I am sure anyone who watches this course will agree it is incredible. I couldn't recommend it more. This course was just Smurfy!

Roz Fruchtman

I would highly recommend Khara Plicanic's Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. The name of the class, implies that the class is for beginners, but that's not exactly true. Most of us learn Photoshop by the features we need to know at any given time. As many will agree, there are a number of ways to get to the same end. I can only speak for myself, but... I would bet that many of us don't know all the strategies that are taught in this class! Check it out, I doubt you'd be disappointed! Khara brings a fun and relatable approach to everything she does. She is very entertaining, while being a superb instructor. Last, but not least... This class brings with it a ton of useful bonuses. Warm Regards, Roz Fruchtman aka @RozSpirations

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