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Lesson 2. Working with Selections > Selecting with the magic wand

Selecting with the magic wand

The magic wand tool lets you select adjacent pixels in an image based on their similarity in color. You'll use the magic wand tool to select the pear tomato, which you'll use as a nose for the face.

1.
Select the magic wand tool ().

The tool options bar allows you to change the way the tools work. In the tool options bar for the magic wand tool, the Tolerance setting controls how many similar tones of a color are selected when you click an area. The default value is 32, indicating that 32 similar lighter tones and 32 similar darker tones will be selected.

2.
In the tool options bar, enter 50 in the Tolerance text box to increase the number of similar tones that will be selected.



3.
Using the magic wand tool, click anywhere within the pear tomato. Most of it will be selected.

4.
To select the remaining area of the pear tomato, hold down Shift, and click the unselected areas. Notice that a plus sign appears with the magic wand pointer, indicating that you're adding to the current selection.


Initial selection



Adding to selection (Shift key depressed)



Complete selection


5.
When the pear tomato is completely selected, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS), position the pointer within the selection, and drag the tomato nose onto the melon face.

6.
Choose Select > Deselect.

7.
Choose File > Save.


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