Photoshop: Pen Lasso Tool

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I often use de Pen Tool for creating a path that helps me select the area in a layer. After I've created the path I press Ctrl + click the path layer thumbnail and there I have it, a sharp and smooth selection, and then I delete the path. You already know, the Pen Tool is very helpful for this because every point you have the option to make a curve or line etc. and also undo a point... VS the options of the Lasso Tool, I use them a lot but doesn't have that capacity and flexibility. So.. I know it will be great and fun to use a Pen Lasso Tool, a Lasso Tool that you can make points in which you create curves, lines and even undo steps. I think that if it is a new Idea its worth a shot.
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Jonn Silva

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JEA

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You you tried the Freeform pen tool?



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Jonn Silva

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Yes, I use it when Im creating vector art, etc. But Im interested in a selection workflow, like the Lasso Tool.. but more complex.
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Scott Mahn

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I think you'd need to be more clear on how your desire differs from drawing with the freeform pen tool and then hitting CMD+Enter to activate it as a selection.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Yup, I'm not following how this suggestion is different than the Freeform Pen Tool.
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Gregg Cavagnaro

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First of all a path does not make your file size larger, so no real need to delete path. When I started with PS 3.0 hard drive space was costly so saving a selection as an alpha channel increased the file size; so using the pen tool was a workflow that didn't use up HD space. I prefer to draw with the pen tool at 200%, and adjust it while I am on that place on the image. I will set the feather setting to .5 pixel and get outstanding results. This way your image has the selection built in it, whether it is a jpeg or tiff file. Jpeg files do not support alpha channels.
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I would like to suggest that a new lasso tool be added to Photoshop...I always use the pen tool and load the shape (ctrl+click layer thumbnail) as a selection to get the cleanest possible edge...can we skip the middle man and just have a pen style lasso tool? the polygonal lasso tool is close, but it doesn't work for me on curves....

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: can we get a pen style lasso tool?.
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iMatt

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are you using the control handles to create the curves? Or are you just clicking once to create a single point?
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dan becker

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I trace the shape of my image with the pen tool to get a crisp edged selection - the point of the suggestion is to say there are three lasso tools that are useless because the pen tool is more accurate and effective as a selection tool than any of the lassos - the free form pen tool is just as useless in this regard because I am limited in accuracy by the mouse input (perhaps with a tablet its a different story).