Lasso Tool- Digital Imaging

Photoshop Instructions

  • Open Photoshop and add two photos to the document
  • Make sure your Layers Panel is visible and that the top layer is selected
  • Press L on your keyboard to locate the Lasso Tool on the Toolbar
  • There are a few different types of Lasso Tools that you can choose from. To view them all, click and hold on the Lasso Tool icon

Layer Masks and Lasso Tools

I recommend using layer masks when you are removing or altering portions of a photo. This way, it will be easy to correct any mistakes OR to work on the project in multiple sessions.

  • Add a layer mask to the top layer
  • Use the default Lasso Tool (L) and make a selection (you’ll need to make the selection in just one continuous movement)
  • If you need to add to your selection or to remove portions of it, you can click on the Add to selection or Subtract from selection icons that are located on the top bar. These icons will only appear if you have the Lasso Tool (L) selected
  • Once you have made your selection, select the Brush Tool (b) and paint over your selection. Make sure the layer mask icon is selected.
  • You will need to Deselect the selection in order to move on. Go to Select—>Deselect or press command d on the keyboard
  • If you want to make another selection on the same layer, click on the Lasso Tool (L) again and make your selection
  • Repeat the process of using the Brush Tool (b) to paint away portions of the layer
  • If you want to resize or move the layer below, click on that layer
  • You can use the arrow keys or the Move Tool (v) to move it into place

Polygonal Lasso

The Polygonal Lasso is a fantastic tool that you can use for more precise or segmented selections. To get to the Polygonal Lasso tool, click and hold on the Lasso Tool (L) and select it

  • When you are ready to start, click and LET GO of the mouse at the starting point to begin your selection
  • Every time you want to add another segment of the line, click and let go of the mouse. If you double click, it will close the selection (watch the video below)
  • You can continue your selection by using the Add to selection option. To close a selection, you will need to reach the starting point again (a small circle will pop up to let you know that you are back to the starting point