Photoshop: Tolerance slider for Magic Wand tool

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How about when using the magic wand tool you make a selection and then you have a slider for the tolerance to see what is the best value for your selection
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Mike Pieretti

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Posted 7 years ago

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Meredith Payne Stotzner, Employee

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Interesting idea!

In Photoshop CS5 - have you checked out the Refine Edge dialog?
1. Make a selection.
2. Click [Refine Edge] button in the Options bar if you have a selection tool in use.
or Select > Refine Edge... in the menu.

There is the ability to shift the edge to some degree (not quite the extent of the Tolerance setting for Magic Wand) and Feather. You can see real-time preview of results before committing via the [OK] button.

Thanks,
Meredith
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Mike Pieretti

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Thanks Meredith,

I definitely use all of the above and none are very effective. The refine edge tool is not my favorite thing though I use it quite a bit. It just seems to me that Photoshop should be a lot better at picking out subtle lines and changes in color. When I go to mask a person with hair against very obvious color differences, Photoshop just doesn't seem to hack it very well. I do a lot of work selecting objects that are difficult to mask. Any other suggestions? Third party plugins that actually work? Thanks again.
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JEA

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The Select>Color Range is very similar to having a magic wand with a tolerance slider.

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Andrew Rodney

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Color Range would be a lot more useful if the fuzziness slider were active on all colors selected (not just sampled color).

Note that when setting the magic wand tolerance values, they are used in other areas of the app that may not be so obvious. If you make a selection with lasso or other tools and use Grow, that is affected by the tolerance settings. Its not all that discoverable.
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Mike Pieretti

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Really? I didn't know that.
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Meredith Payne Stotzner, Employee

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The Sample Size (Point Sample, 3x3 Average, etc) set in the Eye Dropper tool applies to the Magic Wand tool and every eye-dropper in the app (Levels, Curves, Color Range, Replace Color, etc).