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Make freehand selections
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The Lasso tool allows a selection to be made by drawing a freeform outline. This tool is useful for selecting with gesture-like motions, and to follow contours.

In the toolbox, the Lasso is grouped with the Polygonal Lasso and the Magnetic Lasso


  • Selection tool common controls

Like the Brush, the Lasso can be used in a segmented mode by holding down Alt/Option. While using the modifier key, clicking will designate an endpoint for a new segment; releasing the modifier key will complete the selection. This is similar to the function of the Polygonal Lasso.

See also[]

  • Pen, which can make similar freeform regions by use of paths