Basic Photoshop Tutorials for beginners | Part-8

Basic Photoshop Tutorials for beginners | Part-8: In this section, we will discuss Lasso Tools, Blur Tools step by step.

Lasso Tool:

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Lasso Tools

The Lasso Tool is used for freeform selection drawing as the shape of the image.
The Polygonal Lasso Tool is used for freeform selection defining required nodes on the image. On using this tool you can change the direction of selection after adding the new nodes.
The Magnetic Lasso Tool is particularly useful for quickly selecting objects with complex edges set against high-contrast backgrounds. When you use this tool, the border snaps to the edges of defined areas in the image.

Steps:

  1. Choose the “Magnetic Lasso Tool”.
  2. Set any of these options:
    Width: to specify the detection width, enter a pixel value for width. The magnetic lasso tool detects edges only within the required distance from the pointer.
    Contrast: to specify the lasso’s sensitivity to the edges in the image, enter a value between 1% and 100% for contrast. A higher value detects only edges that contrast sharply with their surroundings; a lower value detects a lower contrast image.
    Frequency: to specify the rate at which the lasso sets fastening points, enter a value between 0 to 100 for frequency. Higher anchors the selection border in place more quickly.
    Stylus Pressure: if you are working with a stylus tablet, select or deselect the stylus button. When the choice is chosen, a rise in stylus pressure decreases the sting width.
  3. Define the 1st node by clicking somewhere on the edge of the image and travel it along with the shape of the image with the mouse removing the click. It automatically defines the remaining nodes.
  4. If the selection goes inside or outside of the shape of the image press the “Backspace” key and define the new node and continue the process.
  5. Find and click on the 1st node to complete the selection. If you can’t find the 1st point give a double click.

Screen Modes:

  1. Edit in Standard Mode
  2. Edit in Quick Mask Mode
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Screen Modes:

These tools are combined use to select the shape of the image by drawing on the image with the brush tool. When you select an image, the area that is not selected is masked or protected from editing. When using these tools with brush tool you are allowed to define the required part of an image to protect or mask by using a brush. And when you come back to the standard mode it will select the unmasked area of the image.

Example:

Coloring B/W image.

  1. Change the color mode to “RGB” or “CMYK”. (color can’t be applied in the image having color mode Grayscale)
  2. Click on “Edit in Quick Mask Mode”.(to enable the mode of the drawing)
  3. Click on “Brush Tool”.
  4. Draw the color on the image shape or skin part of the image. (it freezes the colored area from selection)
  5. Click on “Edit in Standard Mode” or Press “Q” key. (it enables the selection mode)
  6. Press the “CTRL+SHIFT+I” key.(or Select->Inverse)(for reverse selection)
  7. Press “CTRL+M” Key. (or Image->Adjustment->curves)
  8. Set the required color properties suitable for image
  9. Click on the “OK” button.

Blur Tool:

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Blur Tools

This tool softens hard edges or reduces details in an image.
Steps:

  • Choose “Blur Tool”.
  • Choose the required brush style, mode, and strength.
  • Click or drag on the hard edges of the image as much as needed.

Sharpen Tool:

The sharpen tool increases contrast along edges to extend apparent sharpness.

Steps:

  • Choose the “Sharpen Tool”.
  • Choose the required brush style, mode, and strength.
  • Click or drag on the image.

Smudge Tool:

The smudge tool simulates the effect you see once you drag a finger through wet paint. The tool picks up the color where the stroke begins and pushes it in the direction you drag.

Steps:

  1. Choose the “Smudge Tool”.
  2. Choose the required brush style, mode, and strength.
  3. Drag the required color from one area to another.

Dodge Tool:

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Dodge Tools

This tool lightens the area of the image.
Steps:

  • Choose the “Dodge Tool”.
  • Choose the required brush style, range, and exposure value.
  • Brush style -> designates the brush style for the tool
  • Range -> specifies whether the dodge tool affects shadows, Midtones, or highlights in the area over which you drag.
  • Exposure -> Identifies how much of a change, the dodge tool makes as you drag.
  • Click or drag over the required area of the image.

Burn Tool:

This tool has the opposite impact as the dodge tool. This tool darkens the area of the image.

Steps:

  1. Choose the “Darken Tool”.
  2. Choose the required brush style, range, and exposure value.
  3. Click or drag over the required area of the image.

Sponge Tool:

This tool subtly changes color saturation in a color image, and contrast in a grayscale image.
Steps:

  • Choose “Sponge Tool”.
  • Choose the required brush style, mode, and flow value.
  • Click or drag over the required area of the image.

Examples:

  • Using a sponge tool to make partially B/W and partially color image.
  • Changing the face of one image to another.
  • Using a brush tool to remove spots.

Also Check out: Photoshop Tutorials Easy | Part 7

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