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Lasso technique in Corel Paint Shop Pro (Freehand selection)

Rebecca Bradley shows us how to use the Freehand Lasso Tool

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The selection tools In CPS Pro are provided in three variations. A
general selection tool which allows a variety of straight-edge
shapes, a Freehand Tool which allows you to draw around more detailed
subjects and the magic wand tool which automatically picks up on
certain parts of a picture when clicked on. In this instance I am going
to demonstate how the Freehand Selection Tool can be used to remove an
object from one photograph and add it to another to acheive a natural

Freehand Selection Tool

Begin with both images open in the programme window. You will find it easier later on.

1) First of all, you will need to
make your selection with the Freehand Tool. Simply click, on the
starting point drag the mouse around
the area you want to select See below, and click again when you
return to the starting point. For this particular subject I have
selected the point-to-point selection type from the dropdown menu at
the top of the screen. Click to set the starting point and then click everytime you want to anchor the lasso.

Lasso technique step 1

Use the Zoom tool to magnify your image while you are making your
selections. You may find it much easier to work this way.

2) You will now see a white dotted line appear around the area you wish to
move. Now you will need to use an effect called feathering to soften
the edges of your selected object before it can be moved anywhere else.
Go to Selection>Modify>Feather and select the value of the
feathering. This will depend on the size of the image but generally 2-3
pixels will be sufficient.

Lasso technique step 2

3) Now your object has been selected and is ready to move to the
document you wish to add it to. Go to Edit>Copy and copy the
selection to the clipboard. It can now be pasted onto the new image by
selecting Edit>Paste
as a new layer. Now select the Move tool from the menu on the left hand
side and moved the pasted object to the desired place. Process 3

4) Now fix any problems you may have with the finished product, for
example, in this instance, the two identical stones besides Lindsey's feet make the group
photo look unrealistic. I used the Cloning Brush to rectify this which will be covered in a separate technique.

Finished Product
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