Magic Wand Tool (Source Selection) for Painters

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I'm comics colorist and would like to make a request the team of developers, a very simple feature that meeting in software from other companies is the selection source, is to be able to select a different layer of current with the Magic Wand tool, it is a very simple resource and greatly enhances my workflow as an artist, because we use a layer with flat colors, and we doubled and the render on the top layer, this feature allows us to select a flat layer without us having to change layer, very useful, I hope you have been able to understand, hugs and thanks.
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Matheus Bronca

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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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I am not an Adobe employee but I do not understand your issue. 
Could you please explain, maybe with the help of some screenshots. 
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Have you tried checking "Sample All Layers" in the Magic Wand options bar?
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Matheus Bronca

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Currently in photoshop there are only two selection options, or you select the current layer, or select the image as a whole by checking the option all layers, I'm asking a feature that allows me to select a layer in particular without the actual, you know?
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Matheus Bronca

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Mark certain layer as (reference layer) and allow tools like magic wand tool and bucket tool seeks information on this specific layer
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Pat Mifsud

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Not 100% ideal, but a temporary workaround could be to option click the visibility symbol for the layer you are after to isolate, use the eydroper tool and option click the visibility icon again.

The issue is that it's normal for people to work with multiply filters, levels and layer adjustments - thats part of photoshop. It's also normal for people to want to select a colour and reuse it somewhere else. If you try to do this in a document that is using these multiply filters or transparency effects high up in the layer hierarchy you will end up selecting the color as affected by these filters and not the colour you would need to select in order to reproduce the colour you are after, if that makes sense. When you paint with that color again the values will have been ran through those effects and filters twice, once before you selected the color and again as it's re applied. It's why you see so many people constantly toggling visibility on and off when they are using the eye droper tool. Fine if you are working with a flat illustration style where you can use a pallet, but there just is not a good option for people using shaded artwork.  

No idea how you would go about making the use of a layer specific eye dropper tool obvious or intuitive to the user though. Maybe a layer illustration in the icon? Could the actual layers highlight in the layer panel as you move the cursor onto the canvas? 
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I know exactly what you mean. As a comics colorist, it's invaluable to be able to set the reference layer for your wand tool, or paint bucket, or anything. This and the fill expansion (as well as vector rulers) features that exist in Clip Studio are the main reasons I'm starting to learn that program so I can transition out of Photoshop.