There are many types of systems/ways and so many causes to make selection in Photoshop. There are many reasons of why someone needs to use selection. Well, let me give you an example. Suppose you want to remove an object from its background. You need to make a clipping mask by a tool and make a selection. After selecting the masked area, you will get the background removed. So, the selection in Photoshop helps to remove object or background and also edit one part of a shot but not the other.
Different selection tools in Photoshop are used in different ways and in different works. Some selection tools are better for some things and some for others. It’s just about your taste. It is your wish which kind of tool you want to use. In this series of tutorials we will describe about some selection tools and some tips regarding some selection tools.
We are going to discuss about one of the effective selection tools of Photoshop which is ‘Magic Wand Tool’.
What Is Magic Wand Tool
The Magic Wand Tool is one of the selection tools of Adobe Photoshop which is also known as the Magic Wand. Magic Wand is one of the oldest selection tools in Photoshop. Magic wand works with pixels of an object. It selects pixels which are based on tone and color unlike any other selection tools which works on shapes and object edges. Magic wand is mostly work on some specific parts like hair, skin etc. It is mostly needed to change the color of hair. It is the easiest tool for selection, though it doesn’t select with high details like other selection tools.
There’s a certain way of using this magical tool (Magic Wand). Now we are going todiscuss about the process of using this tool below.
How To Use It
Using magic wand is very simple. You just need to activate the tool first from the selecting it from the tool bar. Then click in the areas you want to select. You just need to click the portion of the image you want to select and Photoshop automatically does all the work. After selecting the portion you want, you can work over those areas. You can use the Tolerance setting to fine tune the selection and to change the color level of that particular area.
· Adjust Tolerance
Tolerance is one of the main things by which the magic wand tool works more effectively. Adjust the tolerance level which you will get in the option bar to the selected areas. By tolerance, it is easier to understand about the details you need to cover which includes the amount of pixel, the color and the shades by the number of the tolerance you have put in. For example, if you type 30 on the tolerance box, Photoshop will select pixels up to 30 shades lighter and down to pixels which are 30 shade darker.
Contiguous is another important option in the option bar. Another important option in the Options Bar is Contiguous. The Contiguous which is selected, as it is by default, Photoshop only selects pixels that fall within the acceptable tone and color range determined by the Tolerance option and are side by side each other in the same area you clicked on. The tolerance range won’t get included when the pixels are within the acceptable tolerance range but are separated from the area that are clicked on by pixels that fall outside.
· Refine Edge
Refining Edge is the yet another important factor of using Magic Wand. It will help you to further adjust the selection boundaries from the menu. You can also view the selection against different types of masks and backgrounds.
The Magic Wand is great for selecting areas of an image with hard edges, solid colors and high contrast. Like the name, it works like a magic, as we have discussed that the Photoshop selects the areas automatically right after selecting. Like Photoshop’s other selection tools, the trick to using the Magic Wand successfully and avoiding frustration is known when to use it and when to try something else. The Magic Wand Tool’s biggest strength is its ability to select large areas of pixels that share same or similar color and tone. Hope you have enjoyed the article and it will give help you to work with this selection tool. Thank You.