Photoshop Polygonal Lasso Tool Question

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say I am tracing an image to crop the outside of it... is there a way to stop my lasso cursor from speeding across the image when I go to move across to work on another section? Can I slow it down any? It's really frustrating. :roll:
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i dont think there is... :? i know how annoying it is tho, ive been looking for answers on this one for a long time and not had any luck :(
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Not sure what you mean??? Could you explain a bit more?
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hope you dont mind if i explain it rose, x
i also would love to see this one sorted out :?



basically, when you are using said tool, and you try to move it accross onto the next bit of the image thats off the window, instead of scrolling accross at a sensible speed it zips across the page like some kind of demented rocket launcher :? and is very annoying
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yes - precisely what Dan said!

:D

I have looked in the help section but to no avail. It wasnt very helpful.

It is very frustrating especially when your working on something zoomed in at 300-400% and there is no way you could fit it all on the screen anyway. :cry:
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lol
:D

it's always struck me as a bit daft that a program as advanced as photoshop should have one such anoying flaw in it lol :?
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Hrmmm. Say you were to let go of the mouse, move over a screen so you can still see the current marching ants selection and hold shift and continue selecting. The only thing I would say to do with this is to right before you let go of the mouse, select to the inside of your selection, so it makes a complete shape, and doesn't cross over the line to get back to start.

You'd just have to join all the shapes together with shift then.

How about that?
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ummmm no :lol:

i dont think your understanding what the problem is :D i am just glad im not the only photoshopper who has the problem! :wink:
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I understand it perfectly. So I said, instead of continuing to try to drag the selection to scroll. Let up on the mouse to finish that selection, scroll manually, hold down shift and continue your selection.

It works, try it.
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Mmm I dont think I understand what you are saying. i have tried so many things to work around it and the bottom line is, the lasso line cannot be broken, it needs the mouse to be able to make the selection. Once it hits that ruler marker on the side of the image - its off like a rocket, try to bring it back down - the mouse hits the bottom ruler and its rocketing back the other way. :cry: Surely there must be a way to slow it down.

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To set options for the lasso tools:

To specify the rate at which the lasso sets fastening points, enter a value between 0 and 100 for Frequency. A higher value anchors the selection border in place more quickly.



I was going to try see if that was the problem but I cant find where the value for that frequency is. :shock:
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Ok!

What you found won't change the speed it scrolls, it simply changes the number of times it links the lasso to the image. It should be located in the tool properties.

Anyways.

I'll reitterate.

What you are trying to do is lasso a very large multiscreen part of an image, say at 300% zoom. So you only manage to get half of what you want to select on the screen.
So you start lassoing what you want, and you get to the edge of the screen.

What you should do is go up a little bit and loop the lasso back to the begining, and let up on the mouse, closing the lasso.
Now scroll over and leave a little bit of the closed selection on the screen.
Hold down shift, see the little +, that means you are adding to your selection.
Keep holding and start a nother lasso which overlaps the old lasso.
Continue those steps and you will be able to lasso to your hearts content without going like a mad rocket.

It works, try it and then say it doesn't.
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oh yah yah i now know what you are saying there I use Alt all the time if I go off the lines by accident. I just think its more work to have to keep going back over stuff - I think I shall send Adobe this link so maybe they can make it not so fast in a future version :D
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i despise the lasso tool. :twisted: i always put the image I'm isolating on it's own
layer, zoom in to 300-400% and use the eraser tool with a light feather.
at least with my technique you can scroll as you need to. works well for
me anyway! ;)
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And then do you use the magic wand tool?

Usually dont have to because the images I work with are supposed to have paths already :x
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umm...nope. i RARELY ever use it. But in your case, if you have paths to
follow, I probably would.

At 400%, you can pretty much tell where the image ends and the bg
starts, so I just "eyeball" it. ;)
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cool.
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thanks for that idea by the way!! :D
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hope it helped...at least a little bit
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This might help:

http://www.adobeforums.com/cgi-bin/webx ... 2ccf6dde/0

It appears to address the original problem with a workaround. Some of our instructors are having trouble with this (I manage public access labs at a university) and I did a little checking on the Adobe forums. If this isn't helpful, I apologize, but we're going to give it a shot on this end and thought it might be useful...
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Sadly, the solution is a big monitor. But, creating additional selections after you have repositioned your artwork makes sense.

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