The Magic Wand Select tool is ideal for when you want to select a similar colour section of an image without having to trace its outline. Unlike other selection tools that select pixels based on shapes (Lasso, Ellipse, or Rectangle tools) the Magic Wand selects pixels based on color. For example, you might want to change a particular blue section or all the blue sections in an image to a different colour. The region selected may be a single continuous shape or multiple separate areas.
Select Magic Wand from the Tools menu.
Move the Tolerance slider to the desired level (0-100). A higher selected tolerance (color range), will encompass a higher relative spectrum of colors, compared to the original color you chose.
Go to Selection Mode in the Tools Settings Bar and select a mode. You can use shortcuts to temporarily switch between them.
- Replace: Newly created selection cue will replace the existing one (this is the default mode).
- Union: Newly selected regions will be added to the existing selection.
- Exclude: Clicking inside an existing selection removes an area from the selection, depending on currently set tolerance level.
- Xor: Selects areas around existing selection when you click inside it.
- Intersect: Clicking inside an existing selection replaces it with selection under the cursor, depending on the current tolerance level.
Go to Flood Mode and select either Contiguous or Global.
- Contiguous: Choose this option to select all parts of the image with the similar color that's touching the selected portion.
- Global: Choose this option to select all parts of the image with the similar color (within the tolerance level) regardless of whether they are touching the selected portion or not.
Hover the Magic Wand and click over the color region to select the region.
Example: Magic Wand with Contiguous Option Selected
Example: Magic Wand with Global Option Selected