Make Selection with Lasso
So if I wanted some kind of a really strange tulip like this, I don't want the stem necessarily to change colors. So let's cancel for right now. And let's remove this from the selection. There are a few ways we could do this, you already know that we could use the quick selection brush and we could put it in subtract mode and just paint over it. That's one thing, but then I wouldn't get to teach you about the lasso tools. This is an example of where the lasso tools can be really handy. So they're right here, in your toolbar. And there are three different members of the lasso family, so all of these different tool little clusters that we see here, you'll notice when I roll my cursor over them that, on many of them, we get this little black arrow in the corner of the icon. That tells us that that item is not a lone traveler, it has a family. So the red-eye tool here, for example, does not. The red-eye tool is like a young, single person, no family. That tool is partying it up. Everybody ...
else here almost, I think, has a family. And we can see the whole family when we click on the tool and we look down here, in the options bar. We see that this lasso family is a party of three. So there are three members, the freehand lasso tool, this is called the magnetic lasso tool, and this is called the polygonal lasso tool. What we want for this example is just this regular freehand lasso, so I'll click on that. And then we have these modifier keys. So we need to tell Photoshop, how are we planning to use this? Do we want to make a new selection, or add, subtract, or intersect a selection? In this case, I want to subtract. So I'll go ahead and click the subtract button. And then the way that this tool works is, you just click and drag, and draw like a loop basically. You encircle, just like a lasso, like if you were gonna lasso some steer or something, you would just loop them with the lasso, and that's what we're gonna do here. So I'm gonna click and drag, to just draw around this whole area that I wanna get rid of. And when I get up here to the stem, I'll just carefully go across there, like that. Okay, so I made a full loop, so I've come back to my beginning point, and then when I let go, it just gets rid of all of those marching ants. So now I just have this tulip selected. Now I can go back to the enhance menu and I can adjust color and adjust hue/saturation, and now I'm gonna adjust this. What color should we do here? I'm feeling purple, I feel like, something, ooh, ooh, look at that. Something like that. Now maybe I look at that and think, that might be a little too intense. So maybe I'm gonna take the saturation slider and drag it down just a little, because now that looks more realistic. Alright, so we'll click OK there. That's looking pretty good, and I'm gonna deselect that. Let's practice one more time here. We'll do this, this tulip right here, again, same thing, selection, quick selection brush, and I'll zoom in so I can see, make my cursor a little bigger with that right bracket key. Now it's telling me that it's going to subtract. But even though, even though it said that, it didn't really do it that way. But just to make it clear, we'll go ahead and make a new selection. So I'm gonna drag around, and I have a little mistake right there. Let's fix that by now choosing subtract, and we'll just (buzzes) buzz that right off. I'm gonna use the space bar to push my image down like this. We'll go back to add mode, I'll make my cursor smaller, so it fits in this area. And I'm carefully drawing, because if I get outside the lines, then I'm gonna confuse Photoshop really pretty quickly. I'm gonna not even worry about this, because I just don't care if the new edition of this tulip has that or not. Alright, so let's go ahead and save this selection too. We'll go select, we can just review that, save selection, we'll call it Tulip2, OK. And remember that we pressed command or control-J to jack up a copy of that tulip. So now we have it over here. And I'll press the move tool. And now I can just drag that copy down here. Maybe I want to transform it, so I can rotate it a little bit or somehow just make it look less like I copied it over here. I could flip it, I guess, if we wanted to. But that would affect the lighting, so we have to watch out for that. So let's just maybe shrink it down a little bit and maybe rotate it a little. So I'll press command or control-T, I'm gonna hover from the outside corner, until I see this double-headed arrow. And when I see that cursor, I know I can click and drag. And I'll spin the image. So I'll just drag it over this way a little bit, and maybe we'll drag inwards just a little bit, just to create a little variation. And then when we're happy with it, we'll go ahead and hit the check mark. And let's do our adjustment one more time. So we'll come up to enhance, adjust color, adjust hue/saturation, we'll see if we need to care about the stem, not too much. We'll just make that one. I really like these orange tulips. Just go a little further maybe, drag that saturation back. Alright so that one's more on the yellow side. And then let's load our other tulip back up, and we'll do that one quickly. So I'm gonna check the background layer, click there to bring it back. And again we'll go to the select menu. We're gonna choose load selection, that was Tulip2. Alright, let's go ahead and remove the stem. So I'll grab the freehand lasso, put it in subtract mode, and just buzz that right off, just like that. And again, enhance, adjust color, adjust hue/saturation. I can move this, by the way. You can move these windows when they pop up and they are in the middle of your screen like this, you can just click and drag them out of the way, so that you can see what you're doing. So what color should we do? We don't have like blue, we'll do that. That looks pretty, pretty good. Now what if we wanted to get this tulip back here? That's gonna be, that's gonna be pretty tricky, because it's far enough away that it is blurred by the shallow depth of field in this image. So we can't, I mean, we can select it, we can get this tool and select it, just like that. But I would like to have a little more finesse around the edges here. And I wanna teach you another technique. So I'm gonna deselect that by coming up to the select menu and choosing deselect. And we're gonna grab the lasso tool, and I'm gonna zoom up here, or scroll up, so we see it all. I'm gonna make a not-great selection by just doing this with the freehand lasso, okay? So this is a very loose selection. And I'm gonna bring up the hue/saturation adjustment, so we'll come up to enhance, adjust color, adjust hue/saturation. But if I leave things as they stand right now, and I start adjusting this, you'll notice it's going to be adjusting the whole area, right? Not just the tulip, obviously. But what I can do, I'm gonna hold down the alt or option key to reset this, what I can do is come into this box and tell it that instead of adjusting the master colors here, we're gonna go in and we're gonna take the reds and we're gonna be adjusting the reds of the selection. So the selection includes the reds of the tulip, but it also includes this green area that I have surrounding the tulip. But we're gonna target just the reds by using this dropdown. Now I can actually come over here and, if I click with my mouse, I can tell Photoshop exactly what kind of reds I'm talking about. And now with that selected, and the fact that I clicked over here to really narrow it down, I can see what Photoshop's gonna be doing. It's gonna be adjusting the reds within this range right here. Now if I take this hue/saturation slider and I drag it around, it is not affecting this outer area. And, it's, it's having a nice, soft, feathered edge around here, which fits nicely with the blur that's happening. So I don't have to worry about trying to feather that, because it's just happening naturally, by virtue of this process. So I don't know what kind of color we should have for our last, our last tulip here, maybe pink, I guess. That's not too different from what we started with but that's kinda fun. Alright, so we'll go ahead and say OK. And now if I deselect that, I can look at this image and see that we've got all these different tulips, and they all came from the same photo. So you don't have to have multiple photos to be able to combine them into something new and interesting. You can just do it all in one, if you have the right photo and if you have the idea to make it work.