My cabinet of wonders:
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While Rectangular lasso is good when everything is nice and neat, I prefer the Poliganigal lasso (For things with all corners) or the Magnetic lasso (for most things) in order to select things. I also like to use the Magic Wand to select the area behind an image, go to Select>inverse, and then drag or whatever I need to do with the object,