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Magic Wand doesn't work

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Jul 11, 2020

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I first started using Photoshop with version 4.0and I've used every major version till now... CS6.

 

During all that time I had always used Corel as my drawing program and I was just too lazy to learn Illustrator. I finally learned to use Illustrator and I love it. best thing ever and I use it almost exclusivly. This has given me a really stupid problem. It's almost as though I've forgoten how to use Photoshop.

 

 

I've recently run into a problem I've never had before. I can't select things with the magic Wand tool. I get the error...

 

Could not use the Magic Wand tool because the target is a fill layer"  and the toll is Xed out. What am I missing. No doubt this is something new to newer versions???Screen Capture.png

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Magic Wand doesn't work

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I first started using Photoshop with version 4.0and I've used every major version till now... CS6.

 

During all that time I had always used Corel as my drawing program and I was just too lazy to learn Illustrator. I finally learned to use Illustrator and I love it. best thing ever and I use it almost exclusivly. This has given me a really stupid problem. It's almost as though I've forgoten how to use Photoshop.

 

 

I've recently run into a problem I've never had before. I can't select things with the magic Wand tool. I get the error...

 

Could not use the Magic Wand tool because the target is a fill layer"  and the toll is Xed out. What am I missing. No doubt this is something new to newer versions???Screen Capture.png

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Use Ctrl + click on layer's thumbnail to load selection from transparency.

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A fill layer is canvas size and is either empty, solid color, gradient  or pattern. The shape layer you show is a pinkish shade solid fill layer with a circle vector layer mask. You can change the fill but you can not use photoshop tool on the pixels in the fill. Selection are are made from a targeted layer what do you wast to select the fill or the vector mask. It the layer Kind that is giving you  the problem. It not a raster layer that you can select areas or color  I would also think some selection tool can not be used on adjustment layers. There are many Photoshop Tools and like 24 layer kinds. Using a Wrong tools will result in message like that.

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