Select with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements 10 - dummies

Select with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Using the Lasso tool is the digital version of tracing an outline around an object on a piece of paper. It’s that easy. And you have only three choices on the Options bar — Feather, Anti-Alias, and Refine Edge.

Here’s how to make a selection with the Lasso tool:

1Select the Lasso tool from the Tools panel.

It’s the tool that looks like a rope. You can also just press the L key. If the Lasso tool isn’t visible, press Shift+L to cycle through the various Lasso flavors.

2Position the cursor anywhere along the edge of the object you want to select.

The leading point of the cursor is the protruding end of the rope. Don’t be afraid to zoom in to your object if you need to see the edge more distinctly. Here, selection started at the upper-left corner of the butterfly’s wing.

3Hold down the mouse button and trace around your desired object.

Try to include only what you want to select. While you trace around your object, an outline follows the mouse cursor.

Try not to release the mouse button until you return to your starting point. When you release the mouse button, Elements assumes that you’re done and closes the selection from wherever you released the mouse button to your starting point; if you release the button too early, then Elements creates a straight line across your image.

4Continue tracing around the object and return to your starting point; release the mouse button to close the selection.

You see a selection border that matches your lasso line. Look for a small circle that appears next to your lasso cursor when you return to your starting point. This icon indicates that you’re closing the selection at the proper spot.