P: Photoshop 22.5 - Add to Selection not working in Action

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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I have an action which starts by using the magic wand to create a selection. I've used it for a few years over multiple versions of Photoshop on Windows.

 

Its now just not working at all, either running the action or double-clicking that step. If I delete the step and manually record the Magic Wand clicking the canvas, the step is added to the action and the selection works as expected.

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Adobe Employee , Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021
Hi all, We're happy to announce the release of Photoshop 22.5.1 which includes the fix for this issue. Check the list of other fixed issues here To update Photoshop to 22.5.1, click "Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop app next to Photoshop. More detailed instructions for updating Please feel free to share your feedback with us. Thanks, Mohit
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LEGEND ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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I have the exact same issue.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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I have actions which use the magic wand tool to select a white background. That action step is now failing to select anything, whether I run the whole action or double-click that step. The wand does work fine, and if I remove that action step and re-record manually using the wand, the background is selected and the step is added.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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To clarify, did you record an action with using the magic want on a white area but when trying on a different image, it did not select white pixels? If that's the case, the white area in the second image may not be in the same place as the first image so would not select the white area.

 

Did you try run that step on the same image as when you recorded the selection with the magic wand?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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The action step doesn't work period. I've used these actions on thousands of files before now, they always worked fine. This is not operator error.

 

To reproduce:

1. create a new document with one layer, filled with white

2. create a new action

3. record a single step of clicking the magic wand on the canvas, the entire canvas will be selected

4. undo

5. run the action

6. observe that nothing is selected on the canvas

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Adobe? Yes, no, is this reproducible? Two of my most used actions are affected by this and I haven't come up with a workaround.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Adobe? Confirm or deny? This is affecting two of my most used actions...

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Engineering is looking into this.


Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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I'm seeing the same on both mac and windows versions of photoshop 2021 (22.5)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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Thanks for the steps.

I can confirm I'm getting the same result. I'm on Windows PS 22.5.0.


If I use a Rectangular Marquee or other shape selection, recording and playing works as expected. Magic Wand and Quick Selection don't work. Object Selection Tool does work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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Hi again.

I did more testing. The following did work when recorded in an action and when run on the same or another image.

1. Choose - Select > Color Range

2. Use the ink dropper icon to select white pixels (or any colour) in your canvas.

3. Press OK.

The above achived the same results as a magic wand.

I also tried the following successfully in an action:

1. Choose - Select > Subject

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LEGEND ,
Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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Adobe does not need to Confirm or Deny they need to fix the issue.  

 

Even when I make a selection stroking the quick selection tool around the canvas edge.  Clear recorded in the action does not deleted the selected pixels. However, adding a second clear step does. The First delete deletes the work Path the second the pixels. The Magic wand method is not the best method for me I normally needed to use the Magic wand in ADD mode and sample the four corners in case there may be gradient in the white background.  In 22.5 the Magic Wand Records OK but  it does not set a selection the action is played 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 21, 2021 Aug 21, 2021

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Color Range doesn't do the same thing as the Wand. I'm making a contiguous selection.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Yes the issue is in Photoshop's 22.5 Action Play Support.  Action that have Magic Want Step do not select anything when  you use the action is played.   You can record the steps OK in 22.5 they just do not work when Played in 22.5.  Action recorded in 22.5  that have magic wand steps work  in prior version of Photoshop like version 2020 21.2.11. It is  a 22.5 issue.

 

I preferred stroking the Quick selection tool over the magic wand tool, However, these days I find Select Subject usually create a good selection. One that may be better then what the magic wand and quick selection tools select.

 

 

Here Stroking the Path with the quick Selection Tool made the better Selection.

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JJMack

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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When running an action it comes up as select is not available. How do I fix it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Actions are partially broken in PS 22.5.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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What do you try to select?

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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I am running PS 22.5 and I trying to play an action I downloaded from Adobe,Watercolor artist 

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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I am running PS 22.5 and I trying to play an action I downloaded from Adobe,Watercolor artist  is there a way around it

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Say what exactly the action item has to select while it's breaking.

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Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Hi, Lumigraphics, do you have more info, I've not seen anything in Photoshop on the desktop

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Could you please post a screenshot at the time of the erros with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible and the Action fully expanded in the Actions Panel? 

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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I see there is a download for 22.5 but still not working correctly. I will give it another go later but thanks for replying 

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Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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It probably has Add to Selection (Magic Wand) which is now broken.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Can you explain how do you select the head with Recantgle Tool?

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