In this article I'm going to use a photograph of Les Dawson, a legendary British comedian. For those of you who don't know him he had a deadpan delivery and remains one of my favorites. In this example I placed (File > Place) the image into my illustrator file and used the Photo High Fidelity option in Live Trace. You will see below that the Live Trace does an amazing job of transforming the Photography to a vector based image.
The Magic Wand Tool works by selecting objects within your file that have the same attributes as the one you first click. The attributes you can target are:
In short this tool saves you time when you want to change the same attributes throughout your illustrator file.
Let's say we want to select the highlights in the image. By choosing the Magic Wand tool we can target this. Click on the colour that you want to change and all of the other colours in the image will also be selected. This can save hours. Instead of going through the image and individually selecting each colour you can do it with one click.
If you find that the wand selects too many different selections you can remove selections by holding down ALT on Windows or Option on Mac and clicking. This is a really useful feature allowing you to precisely target what you looking to change.
You can also customise this tool to select exactly the objects you want to target. To bring up the menu choose Window > Magic Wand. This will show you the following menu:
You may need to click the flyout menu in the top right hand corner to see all of these options.
Here you can customise the tool to select exactly what you are looking for.
The Magic Wand Tool allows quick global colour replacement and targeted selection of objects within your document. Why bother selecting individual objects when you can let the magic wand tool do it for you?
Have an update or suggestion for this article? You can edit it here and send me a pull request.
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