Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Making the Magic Wand tool work for you, part of Photoshop CS5: Selections in Depth.
The Magic Wand tool is perhaps the most commonly used of the selection methods…based on color and tone,…if for no other reason than it's been in Photoshop for quite a long time.…But don't always automatically reach for the Magic Wand tool, because it really…is a tool that's hard to control.…Oftentimes you will find that the Quick Selection tool or the Color Range…command are better bets.…But if you do want to use the Magic Wand tool, it's useful to know some ways to…try to control it, which is what I'm going to cover in this movie.…The Magic Wand tool is located here in the toolbox with the Quick Selection tool.…
Currently, I have the options for the Magic Wand tool set to their defaults…in the Options bar.…I am going to come into the image and try to select just this single rose by…clicking on it with the magic wand.…The place that I click affects which pixels will be initially selected, because…what the tool does is it looks at the color and tone of the particular pixel on…which I happen to click, and then it selects some neighboring, or contiguous pixels…
- Understanding the when and why of making selections
- Combining and transforming selections
- Selecting fine detail with Refine Edge
- Capturing soft and hard edges in one selection
- Understanding the relationship of selections to masks
- Removing color fringe around selections
- Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
- Working with the Color Range command
- Selecting with the Pen tool and paths
- Making easy selections with the Quick Selection tool
- Working with Refine Mask
- Sharing selections between images
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Why Make Selections?
2. Selection Basics
3. Modifying Selections
4. Refining Selections
5. Geometric Selection Methods
6. Drawing Selection Methods
7. Tonal and Color Selection Methods
8. Using Image Properties to Select
9. Saving Selections
10. Working in Quick Mask Mode
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