Photoshop Elements
Polygonal Lasso Tool


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Photoshop Elements Polygonal Lasso Tool has a special use as a Selection Tool in Elements.

It lets you quickly make Straight Line Selections.

But you can also use it to make accurate Curved Selections.

Watch the video below to learn all about how to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool in Photoshop Elements.






Some Tips To Remember From The Video . . .


ZOOM IN ON THE AREA THAT YOU WANT TO SELECT


PRESS "CAPS LOCK" TO CHANGE YOUR CURSOR
TO CROSS-HAIRS


PRESS "DELETE" TO UNDO THE LAST POINT FROM WHERE
YOU CLICKED

Each time you press "Delete" the previous points will be removed. This is a good way to remove an unwanted line segment.


TO CLOSE YOUR SELECTION

You have 2 options to close or complete your selection with the Polygonal Lasso Tool:

  1. Double-Click.
  2. Place your Cursor over your starting point. Once the tiny circle appears next to your Cursor, click once.

TEMPORARILY CHANGE YOUR CURSOR TO THE ZOOM TOOL . . .

  • On a Mac: Press the Spacebar & the Command Key.
  • On a PC: Press the Spacebar & the Control Key.

Continue holding down those keys as you click with your mouse. Each time you click, you will zoom in more.


TEMPORARILY CHANGE YOUR CURSOR TO THE HAND TOOL . . .

  • Press-and-hold the Spacebar.

Continue holding down those keys as you click-&-drag with your mouse.

This is a quick way to scroll to the area that you want to work on if it's not currently visible in your window.


SELECT STRAIGHT ACROSS THE OUTSIDE EDGE OF
YOUR PHOTO . . .

Move your cursor out beyond the the edge of your photo and click 2 points along the section that you want to select.


TO "ADD TO" YOUR SELECTION . . .

  • Place Your Cursor INSIDE The Selected Area
  • Press-And-Hold The Shift Key
  • Click The Mouse Button Once
  • Let Go Of The Shift Key
  • Overlap A Bit Of Your Selection
  • Click Along New Selection Edge To Add It
  • Overlap A Bit Of Your Original Selection As You Move Back Inside Of It
  • Add Clicks Toward Starting Point
  • Place Cursor Over Starting Point (You Will See Tiny Circle Appear When You Are Over It)
  • Click The Mouse To Complete Adding To Your Selection

TO "REMOVE FROM" YOUR SELECTION . . .

  • Place Your Cursor OUTSIDE The Selected Area
  • Press-And-Hold The Option Key On A Mac Or The Alt Key On A PC
  • Click The Mouse Button Once
  • Let Go Of The Option/Alt Key
  • Drag Cursor Towards "Remove From" Area
  • Overlap A Bit Of The Original Selection As You Approach The Area Of Your Selection That You Want To Remove
  • Enter The Original Selection And Click Along The Edge Of The Area You Want To Remove
  • Overlap A Bit Of The Original Selection As You Move Your Cursor Back Outside The Original Selection Area
  • Add Clicks Toward Starting Point
  • Double-Click Mouse To Complete

That wrap up this article on Photoshop Elements Polygonal Lasso Tool. Use it next time you have some straight edges to select, or even some curved edges

Until next time,
Rick


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