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Lesson 4. Working with Selections > Using the Magic Wand tool to select a color...

Using the Magic Wand tool to select a colored area

The large number “5” in the 04Start file (which should be open now) is a good candidate for using the Magic Wand tool because the entire “5” is blue and the surrounding area is a light gray shadow. For the collage you’re creating in this lesson, you’ll select and move just the number, not the shadow or background behind it.

1.
Select the Magic Wand tool ().

2.
In the tool options bar, scrub the Tolerance label or type 70 in the Tolerance text box to increase the number of similar tones that will be selected.

3.
Using the Magic Wand tool, click what looks like the surface of the large number “5” image. Most of it will be selected.

4.
To select the remaining area of the number “5,” hold down Shift, so that a plus sign appears with the Magic Wand tool pointer, indicating that whatever you click will be added to the current selection. Then, click one of the unselected areas of the blue number “5.”

Initial selection

Adding to selection (Shift key depressed)

Complete selection

Note

When you use other selection tools, such as a marquee tool or a lasso tool, you can also use the Shift key to add to a selection. Later in this lesson, you’ll learn how to subtract from a selection.

5.
Continue adding to the selection until all the blue areas are selected. If you accidentally select an area outside the blue number, choose Edit > Undo, and try again.

Leave the selection active so that you can use it in the next procedure.

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