Freehand selection tools aren't always the best tool for selecting objects in your images. Objects with extreme curves and broken borders require a lot of patience and a steady hand if you use the freehand select tool. Wand tools, on the other hand, can aid you in your difficult selections by allowing you to select an object based on its colour. Thanks to Pixlr, a Web-based image editing utility, you can use a wand tool on your images without having to install any software or purchase any licenses.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Navigate your Web browser to Pixlr's editor (see Resources). Click on the Pixlr's "Open Image from Computer" option to import an image into the application from your computer.
Click on the "Wand Tool" in Pixlr's "Tools" window. The wand tool's options will appear in Pixlr's toolbar.
Remove the check from the "Contiguous" box to select multiple areas of similar colours in your image. Leave the box checked to make one contiguous selection. The "Tolerance" slider should be adjusted to refine your selection; the higher the tolerance number, the more variations of colour included in the selection.
Click on the area of the photo that you'd like to select with the wand tool. Press and hold the "Shift" button on your keyboard to add more of the image to your selection or hold down the "Ctrl" key to select less.
Use Pixlr's "Adjustment" and "Filters" menu to tweak your selection. Select the "Save" option from Pixlr's "File" heading, when you're finished working with your image.
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