CÔNG CỤ MAGIC WAND TOOL TRONG PHOTOSHOP CS6

     

The Magic W& Tool, known simply as the Magic Wvà, 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 Wand selects pixels based on tone & color. Many people tend to lớn get frustrated with the Magic Wand (giving it the unfortunate nickname "tragic wand") because it can sometimes seem like it"s impossible khổng lồ control which pixels the tool selects.

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

This tutorial is from our How khổng lồ make selections in Photosiêu thị series.

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How To Use The Magic W& Tool

Selecting The Magic Wand

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

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

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


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