Problem with Magic Wand

Community Beginner ,
Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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I`m using the Magic Wand to make some selections. However, the wand will slect a little farther than it should. I tried lowering the tolerance, but even set to 0 it keeps on selecting a bit farther than the edges of the object I want to select.

 

Origaami Koi.psd al 312% (5, RGB_8) _ 06_02_2021 12_47_15 p. m..png

 

The selection is invading the other shades of color. I`ve also tried using the Quick Selection Tool, and it works, but I would still like to fix the Magic Wand.

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Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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Hi @RC_k 

What happens if you lower the tolerance to about 10 or 5 and Alt+Click with the Magic Wand to subtract the part you don't want? Or you might try the Polygonal Lasso tool with a series of clicks.

~ Jane

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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Hi, @jane-e 

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it, and while it decreases the selection, it still remais outside the edges 😞

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Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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If I were selecting the dark red area, I would use the Pen tool with the options bar set to the Path mode, then convert it to a selection in the Paths panel. There is a learning curve. The other method is the Polygonal Lasso tool, in which you make a series of clicks.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/selecting-lasso-tools.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/drawing-pen-tools.html

~ Jane

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Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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Try un-checking anti-alias and lower tolerance more.

JJMack

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Okay, so I un-checked anti-alias (I also tried by un-checking contiguous) and it still didn't work.

Origaami Koi.psd al 200% (4, RGB_8) _ 06_02_2021 07_01_25 p. m..png

I tried by checking the Sample All Layers, it worked to an extent. However, the object I want to select is in a different layer than the one I'm working on, so it only works if I hide the layer I'm painting on, thus slowing my workflow a lot.

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Is there any way to reset only the Magic Wand Tool?

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The magic wand tool is a very old and crude tool. There are better ways to make selections. 

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Like Chuck says, experienced Photoshop users might never use the Magic Wand tool.  The Object Selection tool might be a good alternative.  drag a box around the area you want to select, and the tool does a very reasonable job of reading your mind.  You can build on your selection if need be, by holding down the Shift key and dragging another window. 

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Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021

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Unless you are an Adobe engineer - I don't think you can fix the magic wand tool. It's old and tired, use the object selection tool and the quick selection tool.

 

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Certified Instructor | Adobe User Group Manager

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