photoshop Magic Wand Tool

photoshop Magic Wand Tool

photoshop Magic Wand Tool






photoshop Magic Wand Tool now let's take a look at the magic wand tool at the magic wand 1 & Magic 1 2 documents open already you can find those in the chapter 2 folder okay so we've looked at the marquee tools which are very limited in creating selections and then we've looked at our lasso tools which could be a little difficult to work with depending on what type of selection you're creating and how patient you are so let's go ahead and look at the magic wand the magic wand can be found under the quick selection tool by clicking and holding quick selection we can then select magic wand this is one of the oldest selection tools in Photoshop and was probably first one people really got excited about because of its capabilities you'll notice that my cursor has changed to a magic wand and on our options panel at the top we see the word tolerance the word tolerance talks about the range of color and tone that Photoshop actually selects so what I've created here in our first document is a sample with just a grading of colors from blue down to white and then a solid rectangle of yellow to kind of explain tolerance and help you understand what the magic wand is doing before we actually use a real image the magic wand is really good on images that have solid areas of color that you want to remove because it does a pretty good clean and quick job so as I said that number 32 works on the range of color in tone from the color that you click on so if I start here let's start in the top middle portion of our document in that kind of middle of the gradient from the blue to the white I'm going to click so I clicked here Photoshop selected all the surrounding pixels based on that exact pixels color that I clicked that fell within a total range of 30 to lighter and darker shades of that color so when I clicked in this example it selects thirty two shades lighter to the right and thirty two shades darker to the left if I click over here on the right where it's lighter it does the same thing and you'll notice that the rectangle is pretty much the same size no matter where I click because we're looking at the number thirty-two if I click on the yellow area which is a solid yellow you'll notice that it takes the entire rectangle because it's only one shade one tone so the 32 really didn't make a difference on this one because it's one color or one shade so we reduce this number let's say to a 20 and I click again in that gradient area at the top you'll notice that the range that little rectangle gets narrower because the number is smaller again the yellow is completely selected because it's a solid color let's go higher let's try 80 again when we click in the gradient area you'll notice that my selection range gets wider because again it's working off of colors ranged lighter and darker from the exact area where I click now another thing you're noticing is that it's only selecting the colors below the yellow box or above the yellow box even though they're in the same range well that's happening because of this work contiguous on the options panel it's checked by default and that means that the pixels actually have to be touching each other for them to remain in the selection so that yellow box in the middle is keeping the selections from above the box to be selected so if I were to uncheck contiguous and I were to click again now you'll see that the selection has been added to both the top and the bottom let's go ahead and deselect that selection so you can see it again because it kind of looked like it might have just added the selection rather than doing it all at one time so command D or control D in Windows and again I'm going to click and you'll notice now that it selects the top and the bottom on either side of the yellow rectangle because I no longer have contiguous selected now what I meant by the adding two selections on the options panel here in the top left you have some icons that add to a selection subtract from selection and intersect with selection this means if I choose add to selection you'll see a little plus sign on my magic wand tool and when I click it will add more area to my selection if I choose the minus selection option subtract from selection if I click over here it's going take that part away so I can quickly add and subtract areas of my selection based on clicking and my tolerance so let's go ahead and do it command D deselect or control D I'm going to turn contiguous back on and let's lower our number back down to 32 and let's take a look at that again I'm going to click in the middle you'll notice that I have the selection just in the middle range again. 


photoshop Magic Wand Tool

I'm looking at 32 higher and 32 lower on the color tolerance and if I hold my shift key you'll see the plus sign is added to my magic wand along me to add to my selection and my selection doesn't have to be in the same range because I can click in any area I want so holding the shift key allows me to add without going up to the options panel you'll notice that when I'm holding the shift key the Add button is selected when I release my shift key it goes back to the default the Alt key or option key will subtract my selection so you can see now I have the minus sign added to my magic wand and I didn't have to go all the way up to the options panel make that selection then click and then go back up I can just quickly use shortcut keys to add a subtract for my selection ok command D to deselect now let's look at our tolerance one more time let's bring it all the way down to 1 now a tolerance of 1 tells us it's not going to select very much based on our color because again we're looking at the range lighter and darker from where we click so if I click with a tolerance of 1 let's see what happens I just got pretty much a straight line of color selection because I'm working a gradient so it's only finding that one area of shade because it doesn't have any tolerance to move up or move down from where I clicked and again I had the contiguous on so it only selected on the top let me deselect that command D or ctrl D the highest number you can put in is 255 if I type 255 and put a selection you'll notice it selects the entire document that's because that's going 255 lower and 2 and a 55 higher of the color and tone that I've selected which is the largest range you can select command D or ctrl D to deselect let me go back down to one one more time let's click on the yellow area with a 1 and you'll notice that now it even found that there may be nuances in the yellow color even though we thought it was solid because we picked a 1 it's really going to restrict that color range okay I think we're ready to use a real picture now you've got the idea of the magic wand and how to add and subtract from your selection and you've also seen what the word contiguous means and we've learned what tolerance means so let's select our magic 1/2 document that we already have open and you see we have a butterfly now if we wanted to we could use our magnetic lasso tool like we did on the flower previously but again that would be really tedious and it's a really big picture and would be pretty hard to click and drag around it so we're going to go ahead and try our magic wand let's go ahead and set our magic wand tolerance up to 50 and if we deselect contiguous watch what happens I'm going to click in the top left area of my document window no reason why it's just seems to be an area with the you know the solid color behind it and I'm going to click now I've got my tolerance at 50 so again I'm looking at a range of color and tone lighter and darker from where I clicked because I have the contiguous deselected all my pixels don't have to be touching to get to the other color so I've actually grabbed parts of the butterfly inside on the wings that I didn't want to select so contiguous command D or ctrl D to deselect contiguous will keep my selection and the outside of the butterfly because all the pixels have to touch so I went ahead and clicked again with the tolerance of 50 with contiguous turned on I clicked on the upper left hand side of my document and you can see now it went around my butterfly and didn't go inside of it okay I'm going to come over here to the middle section here above the butterfly's head and you can see this is the area where the colors really kind of change and I'm going to add to my selection so how can I quickly do that without having to go up the options panel I'm going to hold my shift key it adds the plus sign to my cursor and now I can click and I can add to my selection hey that's right not pretty good now this time did we select the butterfly do we select the background on the other couple of examples we've actually selected the object and then we've had to inverse to remove our selection in this case we've actually selected the background not the butterfly so if we press delete at this point and choose white as our background we've removed the background from our butterfly command D or ctrl D to deselect you can see we did a pretty good job except on the areas of the antenna which isn't too bad for just learning how to create selections 



photoshop Magic Wand Tool photoshop Magic Wand Tool Reviewed by ADP CREATION on November 02, 2019 Rating: 5
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