Learn how to use the Magic Wand tool to make selections based on color.

What you learned: Use the Magic Wand tool to select background areas of similar color

Make an automatic selection with the Magic Wand tool

Select the Magic Wand tool in the Tools panel.

In the Options bar, uncheck Contiguous if you want to select nonadjacent areas of similar color. Leave Contiguous checked if you want to select only adjacent areas of similar color.

Click the color in the image that you want to select.

Tip: To select a wider range of color, enter a higher value (up to 255) in the Tolerance field in the Options bar and click a color in the image.

Add to the selection

To add to the selection, click the Add to selection option in the Options bar or press the Shift key on your keyboard, and click elsewhere in the image.

Subtract from the selection

To remove part of the selection, click the Subtract from selection option in the Options bar or press the Option key (MacOS) or the Alt key (Windows), and click inside the selection.

 

 

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09/06/2018

Presenter: Jan Kabili

Photographers: Jim BaronCody York

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