Create a selection with the Magnetic Lasso Tool

1. Click the Magnetic Lasso Tool VP on the toolbox, then change the settings on the options bar so that they are the same as those shown in Figure 8. Table 3 describes Magnetic Lasso Tool settings.

2. Open PS 3-3.psd from the drive and folder where your Data Files are stored.

3. Click the Magnetic Lasso Tool pointer ^

once anywhere on the edge of the pin cushion, to create your first fastening point.

TIP If you click on a spot that is not at the edge of the pin cushion, press [Esc] (win) or N [Z] (Mac) to undo the action, then start again.

4. Drag the Magnetic Lasso Tool pointer ^

slowly around the pin cushion (clicking at the top of each pin may be helpful) until it is almost entirely selected, as shown in Figure 9, then click directly over the initial fastening point.

Don't worry about all the nooks and crannies surrounding the pin cushion: the Magnetic Lasso Tool will select those automatically. You will see a small circle next to the pointer when it is directly over the initial fastening point, indicating that you are closing the selection. The individual segments turn into a marquee.

TIP If you feel that the Magnetic Lasso Tool is missing some major details while you're tracing, you can insert additional fastening points by clicking the pointer while dragging. For example, click the mouse button at a location where you want to change the selection shape.

You created a selection with the Magnetic Lasso Tool.

FIGURE 8

Options for the Magnetic Lasso Tool

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FIGURE 9

Creating a selection with the Magnetic Lasso Tool

Magnetic Lasso Tool pointer

Click when pointer reaches initial fastening point

Individual fastening point

FIGURE 9

Creating a selection with the Magnetic Lasso Tool

Magnetic Lasso Tool pointer

Click when pointer reaches initial fastening point

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