Selecting and deselecting areas when using the Magic Wand Tool?

New Here ,
Sep 22, 2016 Sep 22, 2016

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I am using the Magic Wand tool to take off the background of my image.

However, it is selecting some parts of the image that I DO want.

How do I go about this? Is there a good video I could follow?

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LEGEND ,
Sep 22, 2016 Sep 22, 2016

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You need a good reference on masking.  Photoshop has may tools for making selections.  The magic wand tool is not always the best tool to use.  For some thing the magic wand tool is great fast and easy.   For many images there are other tools that would be better than the magic wand for doing what you want to do.   

To separate something from the background requires contrast between the two.  This contrast is not always immediately visible and sometimes there will be none in which case you will need to fudge the separation.

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Aug 30, 2022 Aug 30, 2022

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No help at all:(

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Sep 22, 2016 Sep 22, 2016

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The Magic Wand is a color-based selection tool. After you select it, look up at the Options bar and check the Tolerance value (which defaults to 32). A lower tolerance value will make the tool less tolerant of a color change, and that's what you are looking for. Each photos is different: be ready to pick Edit > Undo until you get the right tolerance value. Then Shift click with the wand to add additional pixels to your selection.

Select with the Magic Wand | Adobe Illustrator CC tutorials

Keep in mind that the magic wand is just one of many techniques for creating a selection. As you learn more about Photoshop, you will learn lots of more precise ways to make a good selection.

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Thanks for the tip - worked perfectly!

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Sep 22, 2016 Sep 22, 2016

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Don't forget, with the magic wand, you can Shift-Click to add and Alt-Click to take away.

At any time you can switch to Quick Mask Mode and use a brush to amend any tricky areas (or if on the latest version you can jump into Select and Mask)

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