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Chapter 4. Mastering the Art of Selection > Using the Magic Wand Tool

Using the Magic Wand Tool

The Magic Wand tool (so named since it appears like a magic wand), is unique in the fact that you do not drag and select with this tool, you simply click. The Magic Wand tool creates a selection based on the shift in brightness range within an image. If there is a definable shift in the brightness of the pixels, it can be a very powerful tool for the selection of odd shaped areas. For example, a bright blue sky contrasted with a dark forest of trees would be a snap for the Magic Wand tool. To use the Magic Wand, click on the Magic Wand Tool button on the toolbox—this tool does not have any other sub tools.


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