Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video The Magic Wand tool, part of Photoshop: Selections (2013).
…The Magic Wand tool is one of the oldest selection tools inside of Photoshop.…Essentially it allows you to click with a wand-type tool.…And select adjacent pixels based upon criteria that you specified.…This tool has been around for a very long time.…And, for many users, it's a go to tool that works pretty well.…Let me show you.…You'll note in this case, I've got four images open.…And, essentially what I've done is use the magic wand…tool to make a selection and then applied an adjustment.…
For example, the red flower can be selected…And then its hue and saturation can be manipulated.…Or the chicken in this case, can be selected and then it can be adjusted…so, that a curves adjustment refines the overall tone and contrast.…Let me show you how that was done.…The magic wand tool is located over here in the tools bar.…And the criteria uptop let's you adjust a few things.…First up, is the sample size, and I generally use a 5 by 5 average.…
11 by 11, or 3 by 3 also works well, but this will…average the color values when you click, so that the tool is not…
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- What are selections?
- Creating masks from selections
- Moving a selection
- Selecting with the Quick Selection tool
- Transforming a selection
- Using the Refine Edge command
- Selecting a color or tonal range throughout the image
- Making a selection with the Pen tool
- Saving a selection as an alpha channel
- Creating a selection from multiple channels with the Calculations command