The Magic Wand toot

Sometimes it's just easier to click an area of the page to select it. That's where the Magic Wand tool can help out... because that's all it does!

The Magic Wand is probably the easiest of all the selection tools to use in Manga Studio. You have only two steps to perform:

1. Click the Magic Wand button on the Tools palette or press W on your keyboard.

2. Click the area of the page you want to select.

That's it! No tracing. No clicking and dragging. Just click what you want selected, and you're done, as shown in Figure 9-9.

Figure 9-9:

The Magic Wand is amazingly simple to use. Just click the area you want selected, and you're done!

Figure 9-9:

The Magic Wand is amazingly simple to use. Just click the area you want selected, and you're done!

You aren't limited to selecting only the transparent area of the page, either. One of the reasons that all the line work in Manga Studio is aliased (jagged lines instead of smooth lines when you zoom in close) is that it makes selecting them with the Magic Wand significantly easier. So, you can choose to select an area within a piece of line work, or you can pick the line work itself if you want to.

Keep in mind that when you want to use the Magic Wand to select an area, you need to make sure that area is fully enclosed. While Manga Studio EX users have the option to set a gap size tolerance (more on that in the following step list), it's still good practice to make sure that the area you want is fully enclosed by a drawing line. Otherwise, you may end up selecting more than you originally planned.

To adjust the options for the Magic Wand, follow these steps:

1. If it isn't already visible, open the Tool Options palette by choosing Window iTool Options or by pressing F3 on your keyboard.

2. Choose the way you want to create selections by clicking one of the Selection Type icons.

Check out the "The Marquee tool" section earlier in the chapter for explanations on the various Selection Types.

3. If you want to grow or shrink the selection after it's created, click the Expand/Reduce Area check box and enter a value between -1.0 mm and 1.0 mm in its corresponding text box.

4. {EX only) If you want to set a gap threshold, select the Close Path check box and enter a value between 0.0 mm and 1.0 mm in its text box.

Earlier, I mention that it's good practice to make sure that the area you want to select is fully enclosed by a drawing line, For EX users, it isn't quite as vital, if you decide to set a Close Path threshold value.

The idea here is that the Close Path option tells the Magic Wand that if any gaps are within the value entered, treat them as if they don't exist. So, as long as the gaps in the area you want selected are no bigger than your threshold value, the Magic Wand treats it as though it's fully enclosed. (Check out Figure 9-10 to see what 1 mean.)

5. Select the All Layers check box if you want use the Magic Wand to create selections from all visible layers.

Normally, the Magic Wand creates only selections from the active layer, ignoring any of the other visible layers on the page. When you select this option, however, all the visible layers are treated as though they're one layer. This results in different selections being created, which is illustrated in Figure 9-11.

6. Enter a value between 0 and 99 in the Allowable Error In Color text box to set the color threshold when selecting an area.

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Setting a threshold allows the magic wand to allow certain gray color differences between lines outlining an area you want to select. Entering a lower value increases the tolerance (meaning you can get away with a greater difference between shades of gray), while a higher value decreases the tolerance. (The magic wand ignores the lighter shades.) Figure 9-12 best illustrates what I'm talking about.

Figure 9-12: Entering an Allowable Error in Color value sets how the Magic Wand treats lines of different gray colors.

Figure 9-12: Entering an Allowable Error in Color value sets how the Magic Wand treats lines of different gray colors.

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This option really works only when you're working on an 8-bit layer that doesn't subtract colors. Other layer types won't work because they don't produce solid lines.

7. Click OK when you're done.

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