The Lasso is a great tool and once you learn some of the things you can
do with it, you'll find yourself using it more and more!
This tutorial is going to show you how to use it to select part of an
image and add noise
Permission for use of the tubes was very kindly given by the owner of
one of my favourite tube sites
Thank you Annette :o)
OK, let's get started.
Open the image in Animation Shop, by going to FILE - BROWSE and find
your image where you saved it, double click on it to open it. click on
the copy icon
Open PSP by going to FILE - RUN PAINT SHOP PRO and click on the Paste As
New Image icon, this will keep the image
Go to WINDOWS on your toolbar and select DUPLICATE to make a copy and
close the original.
Click on the Lasso Tool
and then TOOL
OPTIONS and use the following settings
Now we're going to lasso just the wings on the angel. If you're using
the birds we're going to select the tail feathers (see screenshot
Click on the wings/tail feathers once. Now when you move your mouse you
will see that a rectangular box will be attached to image from where you
Keeping the edge of the wings in the box, click every so often to select
the edge of the wing
Do this until you have made your way back to where you started.
Once you've gone all the way around the wings/tail feathers double click
to set the ants marching!
Notice how the selection isn't perfect around the bottom of the
feathers....because we are adding noise it doesn't have to be perfect,
as long as you get the basic shape of the wings on the angel or the
feathers on the birds the noise will still look ok :o)
Now go to WINDOWS - DUPLICATE to make a copy of the angel/birds
You will notice both copies will have the selection on them
It's very important that you don't move either of the two images as this
will result in your image jumping when you make the animation.
Highlight the first copy by clicking on the blue bar at the top of the
Go to Effects > Noise > Add
Use the following settings
Go to Selections > Select None
Now save this first image by clicking on the save icon,
give the file a name, I named mine angel 1. Save as a PSP file.
Remember where you saved your file so you will be able to find it again
Close the image you just saved
On the second image we're going to add noise again, this time changing
the noise to 60
Selections > Select None
Save this image, I named it angel 2 (very original lol)
We've finished in PSP, we're now going to go to Animation Shop
Click on the Animation Wizard icon
A new window will open, use the following settings
Click on the Add Image button, go to the folder where your images are
saved and double click on image 1
Click on the Add Image button again and double click on Image 2
Now you will have 2 frames in your animation and all that's left to do
is save :o)
These are the finished animations
If you enjoyed using the lasso tool in this way you can experiment with
different images and effects, for example, instead of adding noise you
could change colours of part of an image
On the following sig I went to Effects > Texture Effects > Sculpture and
used the default settings for the gold
The lasso tool can also be used to remove backgrounds from images with
the aid of masks. It's time consuming and you can remove most
backgrounds in Animation shop or by using the magic wand in PSP.
Both ways are a lot quicker but sometimes if it's a tricky background
the only way to remove it is by using the lasso tool.
The best way to learn how to use the tools in PSP is to experiment and
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial :o)