Photoshop Elements: Stop lasso selection from automatically closing when switching documents

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If you're half way through a complex lasoo selection, and you ALT+TAB out of Photoshop Elements,say to check email, and back in, the selection will have been automatically closed, by joining the first and last selection points.

This usually destroys the intended selection area, and makes it time consuming to regain the same selection area you had before selecting a different application. There is no way to undo this.

I'm not sure how this is beneficial to anyone.

Other Adobe applications leave the selection completely alone, and up to the user's discretion, if they decide to switch to another program temporarily.

At the least, an option could be selected to specify the default behaviour, rather than having complex selections automatically destroyed by default.
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Neeraj, Employee

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Hi,
As you said Lasso tool makes selection as you switched on the documents.I think it is the desired behaviour, beacuse lasso tool works on the position of mouse pointer.So on switching the document it have to save your selction in complete form.
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Hi Neeraj. The point is - closing the first and last points does not guarantee the selection will be complete. It can destroy any of the selection which lies to the wrong side of the line which connects the first and last point.

Imagine making a selection with the same shape as a doughnut. You've completed the middle hole, and you've complete half of the outer circle. The hole in the middle is intricate and complicated, and might contain 20 different points.

If I check my email and come back to PSE, the first and last points will have been joined together, which will wipe out half of the doughnut's hole. I have to hold down ALT and make another 10 clicks to retrieve the rest of the selection which defined the doughnut's hole.

This is neither desirable nor beneficial, nor necessary.

Adobe Fireworks does not do this (or need to do it), and I doubt Photoshop or Illustrator do this either.

It is best to leave the selection exactly at the stage it was.

If you automatically close it (by joining first and last points together in a straight line) you will most likely destroy some of the the selection.
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That kinda seems like a less than ideal way to work anyway.

Why don't you just run the applications side by side?
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You would probably do better using the Quick Selection Tool and then making a layer mask from the selection.
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I probably would work side by side if I had another monitor... :-P

I'll try and learn the method you suggest, but I don't understand the difference in behavior with PSE compared to Fireworks, say - I can't see the benefit, and I can see the detriment.