This Photoshop is driving me crazy
February 23, 2010 8:00 AM Subscribe
PhotoshopFilter: The Magic Wand tool seems to be selecting too much, even when the tolerance is set to zero. What gives?
posted by lou to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I don't remember this being the case in the past, but I'm recently noticing that whenever I try to magic wand an area, it will be overzealous in selecting regions. Let's say I have an object on a solid white background and I'm trying to select out the white and remove it so the object is on a transparent background. I use the Magic Wand tool, turn the tolerance to zero and check "Contiguous," then select. So far so good, right?
Not always. It seems to depend somewhat on how close I click to the object. The closer I am, the more it includes in the selection-- so if I have any edges of the object that is fairly light, all of that gets selected. Normally it's not a problem if I click far enough away. But if there are small areas or "holes" in the object, sometimes shift-clicking in there to add to the selection will just add too much. If the hole is small enough, the magic wand pretends the edges aren't even there! Keep in mind that tolerance is still zero (so it should ONLY be selecting pixels that are the same color) and contiguous is checked (so it isn't selecting other pixels that are the same color that are not attached).
What gives? Did I turn on an option I didn't know about?
(I'm on CS3, Mac.)