How To Use The Photoshop Magic Wand Tool

     

The Magic W& Tool, known simply as the Magic Wand, is one of the oldest selection tools in Photosiêu thị. Unlike other selection tools that select pixels in an image based on shapes or by detecting object edges, the Magic Wvà selects pixels based on tone & color. Many people tkết thúc khổng lồ get frustrated with the Magic W& (giving it the unfortunate nickname "tragic wand") because it can sometimes seem lượt thích it"s impossible lớn control which pixels the tool selects.

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In this tutorial, we"re going to look beyond the magic, discover how the w& really works, and learn khổng lồ recognize the situations that this ancient but still extremely useful selection tool was designed for.

This tutorial is from our How to lớn make selections in Photosiêu thị series.

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How To Use The Magic Wvà Tool

Selecting The Magic Wand

If you"re using Photocửa hàng CS2 or earlier, you can select the Magic Wvà simply by clicking on its inhỏ in the Tools palette. In Photosiêu thị CS3, Adobe introduced the Quiông xã Selection Tool & nested it in with the Magic W&, so if you"re using CS3 or later (I"m using Photocửa hàng CS5 here), you"ll need lớn cliông chồng on the Quichồng Selection Tool in the Tools panel and keep your mouse button held down for a second or two until a fly-out menu appears. Select the Magic Wvà from the menu:

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Like Photoshop"s other selection tools, the trick to using the Magic Wvà successfully and avoiding frustration is knowing when khổng lồ use it and when lớn try something else. As we"ve seen in this tutorial, the Magic Wand"s biggest strength is its ability lớn select large areas of pixels that all cốt truyện the same or similar color & tone, making it perfect for things like selecting & replacing a simple sky in a photo lớn, or for any image where the object you need lớn select is in front of a solid or similarly colored background. Use the "select what you don"t want first" trichồng for times when selecting the area around the object with the Magic W& would be faster và easier than selecting the object itself with a different tool.

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And there we have sầu it! For more about Photoshop"s selection tools, see our How to lớn make selections in Photoshop series. Visit our Photosiêu thị Basics section for more Photocửa hàng topics!


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