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Lesson 5. Working with Selections > Using the Magic Wand with other selection t...

Using the Magic Wand with other selection tools

If a multicolored area that you want to select is set against a differently colored background, it can be much easier to select the background than the area itself. In this procedure, you’ll try out this neat little technique.

1.
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool ().

2.
Drag a selection around the water lily. Make sure that your selection marquee is set back from the tips of the flower so that a margin of white appears between the petals and the edges of the marquee.

At this point, the water lily and the white background area are selected. You’ll subtract the white area from the selection so that only the water lily remains in the selection.

3.
Select the Magic Wand tool; then on the tool options bar, set the Tolerance to 32 to reduce the range of colors the wand will select.

4.
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) so that a minus sign appears with the Magic Wand pointer, and then click in the white background area within the selection marquee.

Now all the white pixels are deselected, leaving the water lily perfectly selected.

5.
Select the Move tool () and drag the water lily beside the book, placing it so that a few petals overlap the lower right edge of the book.

6.
Choose Select > Deselect, and then save your work.


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