Freeform Selections with Photoshop Elements 10 Lasso Tools - dummies

Freeform Selections with Photoshop Elements 10 Lasso Tools

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Most animate, and many inanimate, objects have undulations of varying sorts. You can’t select everything with a rectangle or an ellipse. Life is just way too freeform for that. Luckily, Elements anticipated the need to capture these shapes and provided the Lasso tools.

The Lasso tools enable you to make any freehand selection you can think of. Elements generously provides three types of lasso tools:

  • Lasso

  • Polygonal

  • Magnetic

Although all three tools are designed to make freeform selections, they differ slightly in their methodology.

To use these tools, all that’s really required is a steady hand. You’ll find that the more you use the Lasso tools, the better you become at your tracing technique. Don’t worry if your initial lasso selection isn’t super accurate. You can always go back and make corrections by adding and deleting from your selection.

If you find that you really love the Lasso tools, you may want to invest in a digital drawing tablet and stylus. This device makes tracing (and also drawing and painting) on the computer more comfortable. It better mimics pen and paper, and many users swear that they’ll never go back to a mouse after trying it out.

This is especially handy for laptop users. Accurately drawing on a trackpad can make you downright cranky.