Thursday, 27 May 2010

The Lasso Tool

Assalamualaikum,
After a while of not posting on anak.it I've decided to go with a very basic tutorial that a friend of mine has requested recently, which is how to lasso an object, person and so on.  One thing I know about lasso-ing to complete "perfection" is that you need patience and a good eye.
To start off, I've picked this picture of fellow member Fadhullah as an example.

Second step, on the left side you will see a column of tools, look for the Lasso Tool icon as circled above, right click on the icon and left click on "magnetic lasso tool".
Third step, left click on the image where you want to start and just circle around that object/person, make sure to have both ends meet or just double click to join the ends. The selected area will be represented by "marching ants". You can try to make it as perfect as you can, but if it doesn't turn out the way you want it to, don't panic, I'll tell you how to fix it.
Fourth step, like the image above, if you have accidentally lasso-ed a part of the image that you don't want to lasso simply hold down the alt key and left click on your mouse, release the alt key and move your mouse to "throw away" the unwanted parts. Make sure to have both ends meet or double click.
Fifth step, just like the fourth step, you can do the same alt + left click to take away the image in between, say, the arms to create a gap.
Sixth step, in cases where you want to select the part of the image that you accidentally left out, you can just hold the shift key + left click and go over the area that you missed. This is especially essential when it comes to parts of hair that sticks out.
To lasso the "exact" part of the image that you want, make sure to zoom into or out of the image by pressing ctrl together with the + or - signs so it can be as precise as you want it to be. Be prepared for sore eyes.
This is basically the end result of the lasso-ing of Fadhullah's image that I've done. If you want to select the reverse of what you have lasso-ed just press ctrl + shift + i, you can add effects to the background or just simply delete it by pressing the delete button. That's pretty much all I have for now on the Lasso Tool. Hope this was helpful.
For this post, I will show you an easy way to colourise a black and white brush like the image below

First thing you’ve got to do is pick a brush of choice, for my example I’ve chosen this brush from here. When you’ve thought of what brush you want to use you should always create a new layer before you start pasting the brush so you can just easily delete it if you ever change your mind. To do so, you should click the new layer icon in the lower part of the layer’s section like so,
Layer 1 will pop up in the layer column and you can then paste the brush there. After pasting the brush of choice you can now begin selecting colours. Again, this is essential for you to
1. create a new layer, you can name this layer by the name of the colour, like such
2. Make sure you change your brush to basic brush through the icon circled and numbered (2.)
3. Colour over the part of the image that you want to be colour like in (3.) then change the blending mode from Normal to Soft light or overlay, but in my opinion it’s better to just use soft light. (This can be found in the Layers’ column next to opacity in case you didn’t know).
You can then repeat this process of colouring to the other parts of the image with different colours. Take note that you should ALWAYS create a new layer because if you use the same layer with different colours you might end up with deleting the whole colouring when you just want to remove a single colour in the end. But then ctrl+alt+Z can be used too but that would be of limited use as the history won’t fully be there. This is basically what I’ve done to the brush
And this is the result when I apply the soft light blending mode to the colours,

Notice that the headphone isn’t coloured, that’s because super black images can’t be coloured. You can try though, but I won’t really pop-out as much as the rest of the image. Anyway, I hope this tutorial was helpful. Again, for more inquiries, please go to the “Miana Kan Tue?” section above.
Experiment, experiment, experiment.