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.
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.
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.
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.
Try un-checking anti-alias and lower tolerance more.
Okay, so I un-checked anti-alias (I also tried by un-checking contiguous) and it still didn't work.
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.
Is there any way to reset only the Magic Wand Tool?
The magic wand tool is a very old and crude tool. There are better ways to make selections.
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.
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.