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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 21 of 58

Make Selection with Lasso


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 21 of 58

Make Selection with Lasso


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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.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow


a Creativelive Student

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.


I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.