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Beginner Guide to learn Photoshop CS6 tools – Series 2

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5 More new tools which are necessary to be learned in Photoshop.

In the Series 1 “Beginner guide to Photoshop CS6” we mentioned few necessary tools and some of the functions residing within it. While we brushed up on several essential tools in Series-1, there are still many more which need to be covered. In Series-2 we’re going to cover new 5 selection tools. Those are as followed –

  • Lasso Tool
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • Magnetic Lasso Tool
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Magic Wand Tool

The majority of successful creation will require the use of above Photoshop CS6 tools as well. Let’s take a look at each of these tools and how we may best use them to our advantage.

Read About the Beginner’s guide to Photoshop CS6 – Series-1

Lasso Tool

Lasso Tool is much like the MARQUEE TOOL we covered in part one, the lasso tool isn’t only one particular tool, but a group of tools. Let’s have a look at the standard lasso tool. The Lasso tool can be found on the toolbar directly underneath the Marquee Tool (the one rectangle marching ants)

Its worth noting the tool keyboard shortcut is “L” Key. Learn Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut Series-1 if you want to.

To make it more simple lasso tool has the exact same result as the marquee tool. It allow you to select the portion of your work space you are working at and making the area in question with marching ants. the only difference between marquee tool and lasso tool is how actually the result in the end. Lasso tool is a freehand selection tool, it allow you to draw a line where ever you want and make you more selective instead of click and dragging mouse to set a shape starting and end point.

For example – appropriate time to use lasso tool would be if you have a very specific portion of your workspace and need to cut. You’d simply draw a line with a lasso tool to select it, and then use the edit menu to cut,copy and paste.

Polygonal Lasso Tool

Upon holding and right click on the lasso tool icon, a drop down menu is going to appear where you may select the polygonal lasso tool.

Much like the previous lasso tool, the polygonal lasso tool keyboard shortcut is “L” key. But you have to hold drop down menu and then click L key to select it.

Every lasso tool work much the same just they allow us the ability to make free form shapes. What differentiate this one, the shape you draw will consist of a bunch of small, straight line in the form of a polygonal. if you need to select a portion of your work space consisting a bunch of straight lines, this is the tool you need. for example.

The example used in the lasso tool above would hold true here, assuming the shape you need to cut consist of straight lines.

Magnetic Lasso Tool

Now that you understand the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools, this one will be easy to grasp, so we’ll keep it quick. It is accessed from the same drop menu as the previous two tools.

Same the Key “L” is the keyboard short cut for this tool. Again you need to hold and wait for drop down menu to appear and then press L key.

At  first, The magnetic lasso tool acts exactly like the standard lasso too, the difference being that, after drawing an outline around specific object, the magnetic lasso tool will snap its marching ants around the object.

Quick Selection Tool

The quick selection tool can be found on the toolbar directly beside lasso tool. The icon looks like a magic wand and upon holding down the icon, you’ll get a drop down menu, which allows you to choose between quick selection tool and the magic wand tool.

Keyboard Shortcut for Quick Selection tool is “W” key.

By clicking and dragging your mouse while the tool is selected, you’re able to select a portion of your work space and alter that area colours. For example, if you have a picture of the sun on your screen and you wish to blow it up a bit, dragging the quick selection tool around its outer edge can distort the colours around it. The QUICK SELECTION TOOL also has a magnetic effect, meaning it recognised borders around objects, making your selection seamless.

Magic Wand Tool

Magic wand tool is found in the same drop down menu as the quick selection tool.

Sharing the same keyboard shortcut “W” but hold down shift before pressing the W key, the magic wand tool is essentially the same thing, but a little dumbed down for when the quick selection tool is more complicated than it needs to be for the task at hand.

Unlike the quick selection tool and the magic wand tool lets you click on a portion of your image, highlighting that area along with any adjacent pixels on the same colour. The magic wand tool is and easier way to go about selecting objects consisting of one colour.

In Series-1 we learned how to use the move tool and marquee tools. In Series-2 we learned about Lasso tool, quick selection tool, magnetic lasso tool, polygonal lasso tool and magic wand tool. All these tools fall under the category of SELECTION TOOL TO REMOVE BACKGROUND IMAGES in any way. In Series-3 we’ll learn about other handful of tools, further increase your ability to edit images in better and advance way.

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